ÖGNI is an NGO founded in 2009 by 125 companies and institutions from the construction and real estate industries which aims to implement sustainability in the real estate sector.

Our starting point is the fact that the construction and real estate industry accounts for 50 per cent of resource and 40 per cent of energy consumption as well as 30 per cent of the production of greenhouse gas emissions. ÖGNI focuses on the whole life cycle of buildings and evaluates them by ecological, economical and socio-cultural factors.


ÖGNI as the leading green building council in Austria, is one of the main players of the sustainable development of the building industry in Austria and in the eastern neighbouring countries. We see sustainability not only from an ecological point of view, we focus on all three pillars of sustainability equally – the economic, environmental and social – to reach a long lasting, high quality in the Austrian real estate sector. We try to create a winning situation for everyone involved which implies comfortable living for the residents, economic stability for the industry and a higher protection of the environment.

Europe has already reached high standards in the quality control of the real estate sector, in social sustainability, in avoiding CO² emissions, in environmental protection, in life-cycle perspective or in realising closed-loop material cycles.

Although there is a lot of space for further development, sustainability is implemented in a better way than in other regions of the world. Following this high standard, it is very important to base the efforts of further development on a European perspective and on the European situation.

Apart of this, we see it as our obligation to support countries outside of Europe in their development towards sustainability and to share our findings with them. That is why we are a member of the World Green Building Council.

We are very happy about the initiative of our German partners from the DGNB and that they found fellows in other European countries, who see the situation of sustainable development in Europe the same way as we do. From the very first discussion about the common initiative it was clear for everyone, that the sustainable evolution of the “European Way of Building” will be the centre of our joint efforts.

As a small country we will try our best, that the G17 initiative will produce practicable results. We see a great added value in creating manifestos and position papers to provide a framework for the evolution and further development of sustainable building. But we are well aware, that progress needs actions. Therefore, we see G17 as a platform, for sharing ideas and inventions, for creating strong networks and partnerships and as well as an opportunity for companies to transform from national to international.

We are looking forward to meet in Madrid!

Peter Engert

Work experience

2011 – (to date) CORSOR GmbH Sustainability Consulting
Position/Task: Freelance interim Manager and Owner

2001 – 2011 Raiffeisen Leasing Austria
Position/Task: CEO

2001 – 2011 CA-Leasing Treviso
Position/Task: Chairman of the Board

2001 – 2011 Austria Leasing Zurich
Position/Task: Chairman of the Board

2001 – 2011 RL Nordic Leasing Stockholm
Position/Task: Chairman of the Council

2001 – 2011 RL Bank Austria
Position/Task: Chairman of the Board

2001 – 2011 Raiffeisen Leasing International
Position/Task: Supervisory Board

2001 – 2011 Austrian Mobile Power
Position/Task: Supervisory Board

1991 – 2000 CA-LEASING Austria
Position/Task: Division Manager Corporate Planning

1991 – 2000 CAC-Leasing Prague
Position/Task: Board Member

1991 – 2000 CAC-Leasing Bratislava
Position/Task: Chairman of the Board

1991 – 2000 BACA-Leasing
Position/Task: Division Manager for foreign countries

1989 – 1990 DOGRO Austria
Position/Task: Administration Manager DOGRO-Markets

1988 – 1989 AGRANA Austria
Position: Organization and IT

1983 – 1988 PALMERS Austria
Position/Task: Revision


1989 – Business Informatics
University of Vienna