The 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which the Swedish singer Måns Zelmerlöw won with his song Heroes has become a green event for the first time it its 60 years of history. With the environment- and climate-friendly Song Contest that attracted 200 million viewers in 39 countries, the public Austrian broadcadster ORF sets new standards. "For me, it was certain from the very beginning that we will do anything to organize the Song Contest in Vienna as a green event", stated the ORF President Alexander Wrabetz.
At the Eurovision Song Contest that allured about 100,000 guests at the Stadthalle in Vienna on May 23, for the production of the show energy-saving equipment was used and the power came completely from renewable energy sources. In oder to reduce the waste, there were various trash cans build up to separate the waste while the material for the stage and decoration was recycled.
"We made it our task to green a huge event such as the Song Contest", emphasized the Austrian Minister of the environment, Andrä Rupprechter. One of the big challenges was the issue of mobility. The climate-friendly journey to the Eurovision Song Contest could be made in different ways. The passes and accreditations included tickets for all the public transportation in Vienna.
Thanks to the cooperation with taxi.eu, klimaaktiv mobil and the local transportation organization it was also possible, to offer the international guests a attractive and eco-friendly alternative to public transportation. In total, there were 120 hybrid taxis as well as six e-cabs available at the Eurovision Song Contest.