A comprehensive overview of relevant German environmental technology requires close collaboration with partners supporting the Environment Agency in collecting project information, editing project descriptions and public relations.

Cleaner Prodcution Germany is supported by:


Competence Centre for resource efficiency (VDI ZRE)

As the Competence Centre for resource efficiency, the VDI ZRE works at the interface between business and science and pools know-how from theory and practice. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often lack the capacities to deal with resource efficiency. The VDI Center for Resource Efficiency was established by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the VDI in order to close this gap.


Environmental Innovation Programme (UIP)

The Federal Environment Ministry provides funds from the Environmental Innovation Programme to promote large-scale projects within Germany which for the first time demonstrate ways of preventing or reducing environmental pollution by means of innovative technological processes or novel process combinations, and also ways of producing and using environmentally sound products. The funded projects represent an advanced state of technology and can be transferred to similar systems operated by other users. As a rule, such projects are funded by subsidising the interest on a loan from the KfW banking group. The various Federal Environment Agency (UBA) departments assess and support the projects from a technical point of view.


German Environment Agency

German Environment Agency is not only Germany's central environmental office but also a place where you are welcome with virtually any question about environmental protection.


Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU)

The German Federal Foundation for the Environment (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt) is one of the largest foundations in Europe. It promotes exemplary projects from the area of environmental technology, environmental research and nature conversation, environmental communication, as well as environmental and cultural assets.


Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation,
Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

Until 1986 environmental matters were dealt with by three different ministries within the Federal Government: the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health. On 6 June 1986 the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety was established. Since then it has been responsible within the Federal Government for (lead-managing) national environmental policy.


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The quality of our environment but also the performance of our economy are inseparably linked with environmental pollution and stressed and the consumption of natural resources.


Research for Sustainability (FONA)

Germany is already a technology and market leader in the fields of climate protection and adaptation to climate change, sustainable resource management as well as innovative environmental and energy technologies. The Framework Programme “Research for Sustainable Development” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is intended to intensify and enhance this position.



German RETech Partnership is the German network of the waste management and recycling sector to promote the export of innovative technologies and the transfer of know-how. RETech cooperates closely with ministries, authorities, institutes and associations both in Germany and abroad.