Indicators are of fundamental importance for revealing trends in individual environmental fields, such as trends in resource and energy consumption or the development of air pollutant emissions, and are therefore also used inter alia as a basis for political decision-making processes.

At a European level, there are a number of environmental indicator systems. Statistics Austria has been and is still involved in the development and regular updating of these systems, which include in particular:

At a national level, Statistics Austria prepares the Indicator report for implementing the key objectives of the Austrian Strategy for Sustainable Development. The report is compiled at regular intervals for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.