German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is responsible for German federal environmental policy, including issues such as smart and efficient management of natural resources and energy, air and water quality control, precautions against emergencies in industrial plants and safety of nuclear facilities as well as protection and sustainable utilisation of biological diversity. An overarching theme of its work is the concept of sustainable development.
In line with the substantive focal points the Ministry is divided into six sections. The ‘central section’ (ZG) is responsible for fundamental issues of the environment as well as strategy, financing, management and administration. One of its divisions is the Division for General Aspects of Environmental Policy, Sustainability and Environmental Protection Strategies (ZG III 1), responsible for environmental aspects of the national strategy for sustainable development, general aspects of environmental policy, coordination of general environmental reports and functional coordination of the Federal Environmental Agency. The division intensively cooperates with other divisions in the strategic department working on ecological economic policy affairs, environmental consumer and product policy, impact assessment, resource efficiency and environmental technologies.
For further information, please visit http://www.bmu.de.
||Dr. Jörg Mayer-Ries has a PhD in political economy at the Free University of Berlin (1999). After working as Research Assistant at the Institute for Political Economy, Oldenburg University (1984-1989) he worked for several years as Director of Studies for Economic, Environmental and North-South-Policy at the Lutheran Academies at Loccum and Berlin (1990-1998). From 1999 to 2007 he worked as a Senior Consultant for Sustainability Policy, Innovation and Research Policy at the Institute for Organisational Communication (IFOK) in Berlin. Since 2007 he acts as the Head of Division for General Aspects of Environmental Policy, Sustainability and Environmental Protection Strategies of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment. His interests include strategic aspects of environmental and sustainability policy, governance and management concepts as well as innovation and research policy. He is member of the Steering Group of ESDN.