As a bearer of the Austrian Ecolabel, the awareness of responsible use of natural resources is also part of the DNA of the Roman town of Carnuntum, based on its history. Already in Roman times there are good points of reference, as the Roman settlement meant a change in the originally densely forested area around Carnuntum, which has lasted until today. The dense forests were cut down for construction or as a source of energy, and the sewage from the large city was discharged unfiltered into the Danube. Overexploitation of nature, CO2 emissions and water pollution are not a phenomenon of the industrial age, but took place thousands of years ago.
Only natural building materials from regional sources were used in the construction of the reconstructions in the Roman city of Carnuntum. In the area of roof structures, old roof trusses from demolished barns in the region were recycled. The HVAC technology of the new visitor center uses a natural air circulation effect through the use of deep probes modeled on Arabian air towers, as well as pellet heating. Electricity comes from renewable sources. Lighting fixtures are gradually being replaced with energy-saving alternatives or LEDs.
Within the scope of the possibilities offered by the Federal Procurement Act, efforts are being made to use regional partners in order to keep distances short. The catering tenant is also committed to using regional products wherever possible.
In the mobility area, offers have been intensified to minimize the number of trips by private car. The website prominently displays the options for public transport. Subsequently, there are already talks about the creation of a comprehensive on-demand shared cab network in the region, extending from Bruck/Leitha, via Hainburg, to Marchfeld.
Waste separation is fully implemented throughout the visitor and administrative areas. Biodegradable agents are used for cleaning. External partners are also advised to switch to them if possible. As part of a digitization offensive, the proportion of printouts in office operations is being successively reduced.
Based on our previous self-image, our goal for the future is to convince both visitors and employees through communication and training measures that environmental protection in practice does not require any restrictions, but only a rethinking of habits.
Also take a look at our action program on environmental protection and sustainability.