beach with litter

Spontaneous garbage dump on a beach in Vietnam, © copyright: colourbox.de

08.02.2018 - Article

Climate change and environmental problems do not stop at national borders and can only be tackled through joint action of states. Over the years climate and environmental policy have therefore become a core issue of the European Union. Regulations within EU Community law help to efficiently regulate transnational problems while at the same time creating a level playing field for industry inside the European Single Market.

The Division for Environment is responsible for the following topics:


  • Climate protection (reduction of greenhouse gases)
    • Emission trading system (ETS)
    • Effort sharing for the transport, building, agriculture and waste sector (non-ETS package)
    • Land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF)
  • Climate change adaptation
  • CO2 limit values, in particular for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and heavy duty vehicles
  • Capture and storage of CO2 (CCS)
  • Mandates for international negotiations on climate policy


  • Circular economy and waste management
  • Air pollution control
  • Emission control and plant safety
  • Chemical policy
  • Water protection
  • Nature conservation and biodiversity
  • Sustainability and resource Efficiency including sustainable consumption and product policy
  • Soil conservation
  • Fuel quality and biofuels
  • Noise abatement (apart from technical harmonization)
  • Environment and transport
  • Access to justice in environmental matters
  • Mandates for international negotiations on environmental policy

Currently the Division for Environment is preparing itself for the German Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second semester 2020. “Sustainability and Digitalisation” will be one of the priorities during the German EU Presidency in the environmental area.

Head of Division: Luisa Rölke

Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety

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