Environmental Conditions and Behaviour

Environmental conditions and behaviour micro census; results of the 3rd quarter 2015

The micro census for environmental conditions and behaviour 2015 identifies, to what extent respondents felt disturbed by noise, odours, dust or soot and which causes are assumed therefore. Furthermore an assessment was made of the general environmental quality and any major environmental problems. The respondents were also asked to evaluate their quality of living as well as any detrimental influences.

Aside from this the environmental behaviour of the Austrians was analyzed. For this purpose the purchase of ecological products was considered, questions about waste separation in households were investigated and it was argued how far environmental issues affect holiday planning. Within the survey the various themes concerning mobility in Austria were covered in detail especially the information provided on the chosen mode of transport and the population’s attitude toward public and private transport was thoroughly analyzed.

The data were evaluated and published according to socio-demographic distinctions like gender, age, type of education or regional structures.

In 2015 38.7% of respondents felt disturbed by noise in their home, with the level of disturbance rated as “extreme” by 3.9% and “severe” by 7.6%. For 50.2% of respondents non-traffic based noise sources, mainly construction sites (35.4%) were the main cause of disturbance in 2015; traffic - 20

16.3% of respondents felt disturbed by odours and emissions in their housing vicinity and 39.7% stated traffic as the main cause of the disturbance. In 2015 averaged 14.6% of respondents felt disturbed by dust and/or soot in their home.

The sectors drinking water quality, water quality of lakes and rivers, availability of premium food and green space were judged as good by more than 90% of respondents. In contrast the air quality was rated as good by 85.6%, the noise situation only by 73% of the sample. Greenhouse effect and climate change (25.9%) and an increasing traffic volume (23.0%) proportionally represent the major environmental problem for the respondents, followed by the increasing waste accumulation (19.5%) and the destruction of nature and landscape (17.7%). About 49% of Austrians estimate their living quality as very good, 48% as good. 49.9% of the Austrians are of the mind that continuous economic growth is relevant for our well-being.

83.1% of respondents bought at least one product of the category organic fruit and vegetables during the last 12 months. 78.2% purchased organic milk and milk products at least once. In the last 3 years 21.9% of the respondents bought environment friendly wallpapers/paint/lacquer and 17.4% purchased environmental friendly manufactured furniture. More than 80% of the respondents pay heed to purchasing products made in the region, or if fruit and vegetables are in season. Whether a product is free from GMOs influences the purchasing decision of a further 71.5%.

99.1% of respondents indicated disposing of waste paper, 97.7% waste glass separately, least often organic waste was collected (84.9%). More than half of respondents stated the consideration of local environment issues when choosing their holiday destination.

More than 90% of the Austrian population in 2011 used a car at least on occasion for the daily commute (driver or car passenger), 35.3% use it daily. The means of public transport train, bus, tram, metro were frequented by more than 60% of respondents at least on occasion, 16.6% use public transport daily. 69.7% of respondents think of public transport as an attractive means of travel, main reasons for deficient desirability of public transport are insufficient connections (71.5%) and inadequate frequency (49.9%).

Micro census 3rd quarter 2015

Noise disturbance in living areas: by day and/or night
Bad odours and emissions in living areas: by day and/or night
Inconvenience due to dust and soot
Major environmental problem
Purchase of eco-products
Waste seperation
Choice of transport mode on local passenger traffic
Assessment criteria for holiday travel

Micro census 3rd quarter 2011

Noise disturbance in living areas: by day and/or night
Bad odours and emissions in living areas: by day and/or night
Inconvenience due to dust and soot
Major environmental problem
Purchase of eco-products
Waste seperation
Choice of transport mode on local passenger traffic
Assessment criteria for holiday travel

Micro census 4th quarter 2007

Noise disturbance in living areas: by day and/or night
Bad odours and emissions in living areas: by day and/or night
Inconvenience due to dust and soot
Major environmental problem
Purchase of ecological products
Waste seperation
Choice of transport mode on local passenger traffic
Environmental behaviour on holiday travel

Micro census December 2003

Inconvenience due to noise at the living quaters
Inconvenience due to bad odours at the living quaters
Inconvenience caused by tobacco smoke
Inconvenience at the living quarters due to dust and/or soot
Inconvenience due to dust and/or soot
Inconvenience due to poor air quality

Noise disturbance in living areas by day and/or night (Trend 1970 - 2015)
Bad odours and emissions in living areas by day and/or night (Trend 1973 - 2015)
Environmental quality evaluation in Austria 2015
Purchase of organic products 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015
Choice of transport mode on local passenger traffic 2015
Do you consider public transport as to be attractive? - If not, why?


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