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Environmental Law (Notes for the User)

Germany's environmental legislation is very extensive and is continually being updated. We hope, therefore, that users of our foreign language webpages will appreciate that there is only a limited number of foreign language translations of Ordinances and Acts available either in the Internet or as a printed version.

Where they are available, the English texts of Acts can be found under the different environmental policy sectors, e.g. waste management, water management, renewable energy.

Only the German version of the texts is legally binding.

13.10.2016 Report State of the Alps
Sep. 2016 Publication Alpine Nature 2030
23.09.2016 Act/Ordinance Sewage Sludge Ordinance (AbfKlärV)
12.08.2016 Report Convention on Nuclear Safety
30.06.2015 Report Annual reports on end-of-life vehicle reuse/recycling/recovery rates in Germany
26.07.2016 Act/Ordinance BImSchG: Federal Immission Control Act
22.07.2016 Position paper Sustainable Sport Events
18.07.2016 Report High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2016
05.07.2016 Conclusions Petersberg Climate Dialogue VII: Documents
01.07.2016 Study Structural data on production and employment in construction industry – calculations for 2015
Jul. 2016 Publication Climate Action in Figures 2016
02.06.2016 Flyer, information sheet & checklist Background information EIP
for Projects Abroad
01.06.2016 Documentation Broad dialogue on the Climate Action Plan 2050
May. 2016 Publication Carbon Pricing
18.05.2016 Joint statement Joint statement on climate action between Germany and Japan
16.05.2016 Communiqué Communiqué G7 Toyama Environment Ministers’ Meeting
20.04.2016 Agreement Paris Agreement
12.04.2016 Joint Declaration German-mexican climate action declaration
01.12.2014 Report German Action Plan for the implementation of measures after the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor accident
Mar. 2016 Publication Developing criteria for the sustainable structuring of tourism destinations in Germany
Mar. 2016 Publication German Resource Efficiency Programme II
Feb. 2016 Publication Guideline for Sustainable Building
18.02.2016 Statement Statement by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany of 18 February 2016 on the legislative proposals from the Commission’s Circular Economy Package
Feb. 2016 Publication Life Cycle Assessment Construction Sector
Jan. 2016 Publication Local Action Driving Transformation
10.12.2015 Final report First Alpine Building Conference
09.12.2015 Handout Carbon Market Platform
04.12.2015 Declaration Declaration supporting the Nitric Acid Climate Action Group
04.12.2015 Study Analysing the status quo of CDM projects
02.12.2015 Act/Ordinance Waste Framework Directive
01.12.2015 Final report Developing 2°C-compatible investment criteria
30.11.2015 Statement Joint statement: More funding for forest protection
27.11.2015 Information Scientific bases for the Climate Action Plan 2050
20.11.2015 Act/Ordinance Batteries Act (Batteriegesetz - BattG)
22.08.2013 Act/Ordinance 26. BImSchV: Ordinance on Electromagnetic Fields
02.11.2015 Bericht Informal Gathering of the Parties to the UN Watercourses Convention
Nov. 2015 Publication Climate action report 2015
30.10.2015 Report UNFCCC synthesis report for the Paris Climate Change Conference
26.10.2015 Letter Urgent letter to Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella
13.10.2015 Report 4th dialogue phase: Expert dialogue 4 - Use of nanomaterials in the food sector
05.10.2015 Statement Indo-German Joint Statement on Climate Change and Energy Technology Cooperation
02.10.2015 Documentation Hanover Declaration
Sep. 2015 Publication Climate action needs your initiative (2015)
31.08.2015 Handout Carbon Pricing: Exploring Scope for Ambitious Climate Action
Aug. 2015 Publication National Urban Development Policy
21.08.2015 Statement Brazilian – German Joint Statement on Climate Change
12.08.2015 Programme National Programme
Jul. 2015 Publication City. Country. Life.
09.07.2015 Statement Statement of Green Growth Group
19.06.2015 Documents Taking back reprocessed waste