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Ice floes in the Atlantic Ocean.


Climate & Energy

Acting on climate change and ensuring energy security are crucial issues for our future. The government focuses on climate change mitigation and the transformation of our energy system. Central policies include increased use of renewable energy, more energy efficiency, emissions trading and the climate initiative. more

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Nuclear Safety & Radiological Protection

The use of nuclear energy involves risks for humans and the environment. The government's role is to ensure the safe management of nuclear power plants and to protect people from radioactivity and harmful radiation. more

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City & Housing

Livable and successful cities and equivalent living conditions in all parts of Germany are the goals of the national urban development and regional planning policies of the federal government. Urban Planning Law and Urban Development are for the main instruments. more

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Economy & Products

Economy and ecology go together – preserving the environment and our natural resources are prerequisites for stable economic growth. The key is sustainability in production and consumption. more

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Nature & Species Protection

Our natural environment underpins our economic prosperity, our health and our wellbeing. Protecting the environment and enhancing biodiversity therefore belong to the German government's top priorities. Both at national and international level the government makes every effort to stop the loss of habitats and species. more

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Health & Chemical Safety

Every person has a right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing. The government's objective is to ensure the highest standard of food safety and to mitigate harmful effects of chemical substances on health and environment. Another important issue is studying the opportunities and risks of nanotechnology. more

river, on the left and right meadows


Water, Waste & Soil

Economic exploitation of natural resources can cause significant damage to water and soil. It is important to re-establish the ecological balance of water bodies and to rehabilitate contaminated soils. Waste management is an equally crucial issue: it deals with avoidance, recovery and proper disposal of waste. more

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Air, Mobility & Noise

Noise and pollution generated by industry and transport greatly reduce the quality of life for many people. Stringent limits set by the government prevent noise and emissions. In addition, a sustainable transport policy helps to improve the balance between the need for mobility and the requirements of health and the environment. more

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Government Funding

The German government provides assistance for investment in reducing environmental pollution both in Germany and abroad. Outside Germany, it funds investment projects with a direct transboundary effect on Germany, or projects with climate protection effects in the EU accession and candidate countries. more

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Europe & International

Global environmental problems such as climate change and scarcity of resources cannot be solved unilaterally, but instead require a multilateral approach. Germany has assumed a pioneering role in environmental protection and acts as a driving force for European and international policies on climate change. more

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Strategy & Legislation

Environmental legislation encompasses official provisions that serve the protection of the environment. Environmental assessments are important environmental protection tools. Sustainability is the guiding principle behind German environmental policy. more