The ministry is headed by Federal Minister Barbara Hendricks. State secretaries Jochen Flasbarth and Gunther Adler act as the minister's deputies. Parliamentary state secretaries Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter and Florian Pronold are also part of the ministry's leadership.
The ministry is divided into nine specialist directorates-general:
Directorate-General Z Central Functions, Funding Instruments, Structural Funds
Directorate-General G General and Strategic Aspects of Environment, Building and Urban Development Policy
Directorate-General KI Climate Policy, European and International Policy