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  • Climate protection in figures - Facts, trends and incentives for German climate policyOrder
  • A group of smiling people of different ages is standing arm in arm on a meadow. Climate action needs your initiative - The National Climate InitiativeOrder
  • Cover: 3 pictures of river landscapes with green vegetation and hills in background Water Framework Directive - Implementation of WFD programmes of measures – interim results 2012Order
  • A rusty shopping trolley filled to the brim with crumpled cardboard and plastic packaging stands against a brick wall which is covered in flaking blue paint. Waste Prevention Programme - of the German Government with the Involvement of the Federal LänderOrder
  • Renewably mobile - Marketable solutions for climate-friendly electric mobility - New projectsOrder

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Publications in English

Climate

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6011 Brochure
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The aim of this brochure is to display the broad spectrum of climate policy in Germany, including clearly presented figures. It also explains Germany’s climate targets in the context of European and international agreements; it shows how emissions have developed in individual sectors in recent years, and which measures are already effectively contributing to reductions; finally, it looks at the economic and social effects of climate change mitigation.
As of: June 2014
Pages: 60
Format: DIN A4
Publisher: BMUB
6010 Flyer
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A group of smiling people of different ages is standing arm in arm on a meadow.
The National Climate Initiative supports districts, towns and communities in the design of local climate action concepts. Technical implementation is the responsibility of climate managers, who likewise receive support under this scheme. By investing in projects such as converting to energy-efficient LED lighting, not only are communities able to reduce their CO2 emissions, but also to ease the pressure on their budgets.
As of: May 2014
Pages: 8
Format: 105 x 210 mm
Publisher: BMUB
6030 Brochure
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Image of Brandenburger Tor with a crowd holding colored balloons
The German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (Deutsche AnpassungsStrategie – DAS, December 2008) created the framework for a mediumterm national adaptation process that is to be carried out with the Länder and other social groups, and in which the risks of climate change will be progressively identified, the actions that may be necessary specified, appropriate objectives defined, and possible adaptation measures developed and implemented. The strategy also delineates Germany’s international responsibilities.
As of: November 2012
Pages: 80
Format: A4
Publisher: BMU
6016 Flyer
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The Federal Environment Ministry's National Climate Initiative supports climate change mitigation projects and programmes across Germany. Since 2008, it has targeted local authorities, companies, private households and schools, with the aim of helping them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
As of: August 2012
Pages: 8
Format: 105 x 210 mm
Publisher: BMU

Energy

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6202 Brochure
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Electric mobility offers us the chance to change the way we move from A to B in a sustainable way – towards a more eco-friendly, targeted mobility. With the establishment of regional showcases that demonstrate the wide spectrum of electric mobility and allow citizens to experience it first-hand, the Federal Government has initiated a new, innovative funding instrument.
As of: April 2013
Pages: 76
Format: A4
Publisher: BMU
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In front of a blue, partly cloudy sky a white wind turbine towers from the bottom left corner. It casts a shadow in the shape of a gasoline pump. Taken as a whole, the picture emblemizes climate friendly electric mobility.
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Climate change and the depletion of fossil fuel resources will greatly change our mobility patterns. If we do not want to have to say goodbye to driving our own car, we must give it a set of “new wheels”. No reason to wave goodbye to it! Cars do have a future, but what might this future look like? How will we travel by car in the future? And where will our energy come from?
As of: December 2012
Pages: 74
Format: A4
Publisher: BMUB
6200 Flyer
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In front of a blue, partly cloudy sky a white wind turbine towers from the bottom left corner. It casts a shadow in the shape of a gasoline pump. Taken as a whole, the picture emblemizes climate friendly electric mobility.
Global traffic growth is intensifying oil-distribution conflicts and, combined with the resulting rapid rise in emissions, endangering the effectiveness of climate policies. Although electric drives are highly efficient, they will only help fight climate change if the power they use is renewable.
As of: March 2011
Pages: 8
Format: 105 x 210 mm
Publisher: BMUB

Water

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6314 Brochure
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Cover: 3 pictures of river landscapes with green vegetation and hills in background
The Water Framework Directive sets the ambitious goal of achieving “good status” for rivers, lakes, coastal waters, and groundwater by 2015. The management plans and programmes of measures for Germany’s ten river basins were issued in December 2009. In December 2012, a report on the implementation status of the programmes of measures was submitted to the European Commission.
As of: September 2013
Pages: 36
Format: DIN A4
Publisher: BMU

Waste Management

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6419 Brochure
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A rusty shopping trolley filled to the brim with crumpled cardboard and plastic packaging stands against a brick wall which is covered in flaking blue paint.
The Waste Prevention Programme, in conjunction and coordination with the German Government’s other existing strategies, will help to ensure the coherent, sustainable handling of natural resources and raw materials in Germany. In 2002, the German Government made a commitment to sustainability with the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, as the guiding principle behind its policy-making. As part of this Strategy, it resolved to double raw material productivity by 2020 compared with the base year 1994.
As of: Juli 2013
Pages: 77
Format: Din A4
Publisher: BMU
6418 Brochure
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This brochure on the facts and figures of the German closed-cycle management sector is a testimony to the success of German environmental policy. However, the challenges posed by increasing scarcities in raw materials and energy sources make further efforts in efficient resource use necessary – not only in the household and municipal waste sector but also in the commercial waste sector and, above all, as a global task where we can make a contribution with our closed cycle management approach, know-how, and company-based technologies.
As of: December 2012
Pages: 17
Format: 115 x 210 mm
Publisher: BMU
6417 Brochure
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This brochure is partly based on the results of a research study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Although it is mainly addressed at German stakeholders, the concept of the ecologically sustainable recovery of bio-waste and its diverse benefits is also of international concern.
As of: March 2012
Pages: 52
Format: A 4
Publisher: BMU

Nature

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The cover picture shows a moss-covered tree in a forest.
The third nationwide survey on nature awareness in Germany (following on from the 2009 and 2011 surveys) was carried out from October to November 2013. To this end, a representative sample of 2,007 individuals aged 18 and over was selected from people from all regions of Germany.
As of: April 2014
Pages: 92
Format: DIN A4
Publisher: BMUB und BfN
6116 Brochure
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Cover image of brochure: green bridge across a highway
Germany is a densely populated industrial nation with a well-developed traffic network. In 2009, the national road network (motorways, federal roads, state roads and district roads) covered a length of 231,072 kilometres. The fragmentation of habitats by the traffic network and the increase in traffic density has in places led to an isolation and a qualitative deterioration of remaining habitats for fauna and flora.
As of: April 2012
Pages: 32
Format: DIN A4
Publisher: BMU
6606 Flyer
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Coverpage of the brochure with title and green image with waterfalls
Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) has supported projects designed to mitigate climate change, conserve biodiversity and adapt to climate change impacts.
IKI financing in the area of biological diversity targets projects promoting implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 of the CBD. As a result, German bilateral cooperation with developing, newly industrialising and transition countries is expanding, and CBD processes are being strengthened.
As of: August 2012
Pages: 6
Format: 115 x 210 mm
Publisher: BMU
6604 Brochure
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The National Strategy serves to implement the Convention at national level and also outlines Germany’s contribution to the conservation of biological diversity worldwide by placing it in a European context, with due regard for international correlations.
As of: October 2007
Pages: 180
Format: A 4
Publisher: BMU
6610 Brochure
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Cover of brochure: Beech forests - UNESCO World Natural Heritage
On 25 June 2011, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added five of Germany’s beech forest regions to the World Heritage List. This extended the transboundary world natural heritage site "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians", located in the Slovak Republic and Ukraine, to include a number of German forest regions, and renamed it "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Germany".
As of: October 2011
Pages: 36
Format: A 4
Publisher: BMU

Current Environmental Policy

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  6831 Brochure
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The guide, as a reflection of the standard, explains in simple terms how companies and other organisations can developa structured management system, regardless of the energy intensity of activities, size, branch etc. This guide can thus, in principle, be adopted by organisations of any kind. The guide is not only directed towards large companies / organisations 4 which have already introduced a management system or towards those which need to introduce an energy management system (EnMS) due to their energy intensity but also towards SMEs who want to first familiarise themselves with the subject.
As of: June 2012
Pages: 115
Format: DIN A4
Publisher: UBA
6819 Brochure
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Three Pictures: Two operatives are inserting a probe into the chimney of a power station to measure the flue gases. Photograph of a river and surrounding scenery. A grassy riverbank is in the foreground and there is a conifer forest in the background. A young woman is packing mobile phones, placing them in magenta-coloured plastic bags. On a desk is a computer, a barcode scanner, a pair of scissors and a box with old mobile phones.
The brochure describes instruments and programmes for environmental cooperation with central and eastern Europe.
As of: November 2011
Pages: 92
Format: A 4
Publisher: BMU

Economy · Innovation

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6002 Brochure
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In Germany and around the globe, environmental technology and resource effi ciency have become powerful drivers of economic growth. Companies in this industry operate in a vibrant, dynamic market that is shaped by technological progress as well as by changing political and social conditions. At the same time, innovative products, processes and services that are efficient and ecofriendly are attracting unprecedented demand on international markets.
As of: February 2012
Pages: 264
Format: A4
Publisher: BMU
6007 Brochure
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The current use of natural resources is already far exceeding the Earth’s regenerative capacity. A responsible and efficient use of natural resources will therefore be a key competence for any society seeking to ensure its future viability. Improving resource efficiency can limit environmental damage, strengthen the competitiveness of the German economy, create new jobs and secure long-term employment. Therefore, on 29 February 2012, the Federal Cabinet adopted the German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess). With this, the German government implemented the decision in its Raw Materials Strategy of 20 October 2010 to develop a national resource efficiency programme.
As of: May 2012
Pages: 121
Format: DIN A4
Publisher: BMU

Publications in other languages

Publications in German

Wirtschaft, Produkte und Ressourcen

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  2035 Broschüre
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Ansicht des Titelbilds des Broschüre.
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Der Leitfaden erklärt - als Spiegel der Norm - mit einfachen Worten, wie Unternehmen und sonstige Organisationen ein strukturiertes Managementsystem unabhängig von der Energieintensität der Aktivitäten, der Größe, der Branche etc. aufbauen können. Vor diesem Hintergrund kann der Leitfaden grundsätzlich von Organisationen jedweder Art angewandt werden. Der Leitfaden richtet sich nicht nur an große Unternehmen / Organisationen, die bereits ein Managementsystem eingeführt haben oder aufgrund ihrer Energieintensivität ein Energiemanagementsystem (EnMS) einführen müssen, sondern auch an KMUs, die sich erst mit der Thematik vertraut machen möchten.
Stand: Juni 2012
Seitenzahl: 116
Format: A 4
Herausgeber: UBA

Natur und Arten

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2547 Broschüre
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Titelbild der Publikation
Deutschland ist ein stark besiedelter Industriestaat mit einem gut ausgebauten Verkehrsnetz. Das Straßennetz des überörtlichen Verkehrs (Bundesautobahnen, Bundesstraßen, Landesstraßen und Kreisstraßen) umfasste 231.072 Kilometer im Jahre 2009. Die Zerschneidung von Lebensräumen durch das Verkehrsnetz sowie die zunehmende Verkehrsdichte haben teilweise zu einer Verinselung und qualitativen Verschlechterung noch vorhandener Lebensräume für Tiere und Pflanzen geführt.
Stand: April 2012
Seitenzahl: 32
Format: DIN A4
Herausgeber: BMU
2514 Broschüre
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Titelbild: Buchenwald mit Lichteinfall, Schriftzug: Deutsche Buchenwälder - Weltnaturerbe der UNESCO. Ein Juwel in Europa
Das UNESCO-Welterbekomitee hat am 25. Juni 2011 fünf Buchenwaldgebiete in Deutschland in die Liste des Welterbes aufgenommen. Damit wird das in der Slowakischen Republik und der Ukraine gelegene grenzüberschreitende Weltnaturerbe "Buchenurwälder der Karpaten" um einen deutschen Teil erweitert. Die Welterbestätte heißt jetzt "Buchenurwälder der Karpaten und Alte Buchenwälder Deutschlands".
Stand: Oktober 2011
Seitenzahl: 36
Format: A 4
Herausgeber: BMU
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Mit dem vorliegenden Auenzustandsbericht wird erstmalig ein bundesweiter Überblick über den Verlust von Überschwemmungsflächen, die räumliche Ausdehnung und den Zustand der Flussauen in Deutschland gegeben und in Form von zwei Übersichtskarten dargestellt – eine Karte zu den Verlusten von Auen und eine Karte zum Auenzustand.
Stand: Oktober 2009
Seitenzahl: 36
Format: DIN A4
Herausgeber: BMU

Immissionsschutz und Gesundheit

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  2725 Broschüre
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Eine flache kurvige Straße führt zum Horizont. Rechts und links der Straße sind schemenhaft Wiesen und Waldstücke zu sehen.  Weißer Umriss eines Windrads steht auf Symbol einer grünen Tanksäule.
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Als saubere, effiziente, ressourcenschonende und vor allem nutzerfreundliche Gesamtlösung hat das (Elektro-)Auto in Deutschland eine sichere Zukunft. Erklärtes Ziel der Bundesregierung ist es, bis 2020 eine Million und bis 2030 sechs Millionen Elektrofahrzeuge auf Deutschlands Straßen zu bringen. Um die Elektromobilität für die Bürgerinnen und Bürger sicht- und erfahrbar zu machen, hat die Bundesregierung mit dem Aufbau regionaler Schaufenster der Elektromobilität ein neues, innovatives Förderinstrument etabliert und unterstützt mit der Einrichtung von Leuchtturmvorhaben zudem die Bündelung der Ressourcen von Industrie und Wissenschaft.
Stand: März 2014
Seitenzahl: 112
Format: DIN A4
Herausgeber: BMUB
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Im Vordergrund steht ein Windrad, wie aus Papier ausgeschnitten und hochgeknickt. Die ausgeschnittene Fläche im Restpapier ist aber kein Windrad, sondern ein Tanksäule. Im Hintergrund blauer Himmel, Sonne und ein paar Wolken.
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Ein Zukunftsmotor für Deutschland. Elektromobilität als aktiver Klimaschutz. Der Klimawandel und die Verknappung fossiler Energieressourcen werden unsere Mobilität stark verändern. Wenn wir den Weg der individuellen Fortbewegung mit dem Pkw nicht komplett verlassen wollen, müssen wir das Auto auf "neue Räder" stellen. Das Auto hat Zukunft! Aber wie könnte diese aussehen? Wie werden wir uns künftig fortbewegen? Und woher zapfen wir unsere Energie?
Stand: April 2012
Seitenzahl: 74
Format: DIN A4
Herausgeber: BMUB

Poster und Postkarten

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3010 Poster
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Poster
Stand: Februar 2011
Format: DIN A 1
Herausgeber: BMU
3046 Poster
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Storchennest mit Weißstörchen im Vordergrund, dahinter Kirchturm mit Storchennest. Weitere Storchen- und Vogelarten sind im Bild verteilt.
Stand: November 2010
Format: DIN A 1
Herausgeber: BMU
3507 Postkarte
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Ansicht der Postkarte 'Wir erhalten Lebensräume - im Nationalpark Jasmund'
Format: Postkarte
Herausgeber: BMU

Umweltpolitik allgemein

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  2070 Broschüre
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Titelseite der Broschüre Umweltpolitische Zusammenarbeit mit Mittel- und Osteuropa
Die umweltpolitische Zusammenarbeit erfolgt heute nicht nur mit den EU-Beitrittsländern und den aktuellen Beitrittskandidaten Kroatien, Mazedonien, Türkei. Vielmehr erstreckt sie sich ebenfalls auf den weiteren Westbalkan, den Kaukasus und die Staaten Zentralasiens. Dort geht es vor allem darum, die grundlegenden Probleme im Luft-, Wasser- und Abfallbereich zu lösen.
Stand: November 2011
Seitenzahl: 92
Format: DIN A4
Herausgeber: BMU

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