This authority, which is subordinate to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, provides the Federal Government with scientific expertise. The Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency) is responsible for enforcing environmental laws, for example the marketing approval of chemicals, medication, and pesticides, as well as informing the public about environmental protection.
German Energy Agency
The German Energy Agency (DENA) is a centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and intelligent energy systems. It supports the implementation of the Energy Reform and promotes the generation and use of energy in as efficient, safe, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly a way as possible.
The Agora Energiewende think tank sees itself as a forum for dialogue with key stakeholders in the energy policy debate.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
This institute addresses key scientific issues relating to global climate change and sustainable development.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is a federal enterprise with worldwide operations. It assists the Federal Government in achieving objectives in the field of development. It advises developing and emerging countries on questions relating to environmental protection, as well as on the just and sustainable use of water as a resource.
Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is responsible for the national and international conservation of nature. Its website features excellent maps of conservation areas.