Sustainable development in Germany

Working towards targets together: How Germany is contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations both at home and on a global level.

Sustainability in Germany

Prize-winning architect: Anna Heringer
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“Earth is the winner”

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The sooner the better: energy transition now
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Eight facts about the energy transition

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Germany’s sustainable development goals

Shaping the future with imagination, creativity and innovations, daring to try new things and blazing new trails: this is how we will jointly achieve the United Nations 17 global goals in the 2030  Agenda. Germany’s sustainable development goals, which were first adopted in 2002, are also aligned with them. Ever since, they have been continuously updated and expanded. In implementing this strategy, Germany wants to promote economic development that is socially viable and ecological – and of course to do so beyond its own national borders, too. After all, we can only achieve a sustainable future by working together. Find out more about sustainability in Germany here.

17 goals for a better world

The name is misleading: Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy is aimed at people all over the globe. These are the goals and some of the successes.

Sustainability strategy

German politics attaches particular importance to sustainable development, but remains open for critical opinions and international exchange.


Sustainable Development Goals

International engagement

Committed to sustainability

In its efforts to achieve greater sustainability, Germany is promoting not only national strategies . It is also committed to sustainable policy internationally – for example in Colombia and Ukraine. German companies play an important role when it comes to implementing the sustainable development principles, doing their best to increase transparency in the production, working and environmental conditions of suppliers and subcontractors.

Rethinking food

How can food be fair, just and environmentally friendly? Nina Wolff, Chair of Slow Food Germany, explains in this interview.

Tips and tricks

Sustainable living in Germany  

Would you like to live more sustainably but don’t know exactly where to start? Let us show you what form sustainable living takes in Germany. We also provide you with some tips for how to make your daily life more eco-friendly.

 People in Germany like to choose regional products when shopping.
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Ten facts about sustainable food

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Many Germans have strong ties with nature.
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Increasing awareness

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Economic sustainability

Revolutionising consumption

One of the most important factors when it comes to shaping a sustainable future is to establish an ecological and fair market economy. But how does the economic system need to change in order to ensure sustainable production? By embarking on the energy transition and expanding renewable energies, Germany has already taken the first steps towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions[BK1] . We show you some innovative ideas that will help us shift towards a sustainable economy.

Topic of the week: Bioeconomy

The Year of the Bioeconomy

The German government aspires to a sustainable market economy without the use of fossil fuels – and the Science Year 2020 aims to help achieve this goal.

Zero waste shopping

A life without plastic

Around 400 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year   . More than a third of this total is packaging – with between 307 and 925 million larger items of plastic waste ending up in the seas each year. This is why zero waste shopping is also becoming increasingly popular in Germany. Let us take you to a packaging free shop and show you how a life without waste can look.

Zero-waste activist Milena Glimbovski
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Please don’t package it!

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Sustainable fashion

Fair, ecological, modern

Be it dresses made of milk, compostable t-shirts or jewellery made from fish skin: the German fashion industry is pretty much unbeatable when it comes to the creative development of sustainable products. Less waste , emission reduction and a transparent supply chain are the industry’s goals. Find out here how the fashion industry is becoming increasingly sustainable.

Production at one of Beirholm’s suppliers in Pakistan
Raising questions

The “Green Button” goes international

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Sustainable fashion can be really cool.
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Fashionable step forward

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Chain Act

A dress made of milk

More and more companies in Germany are discovering biological raw materials as the basis for their products – and they are getting extremely imaginative in the process.

Living a green life

Cities of the future

By 2050, roughly 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. However, cities are particularly affected by climate change because asphalt and concrete are extremely good at storing heat. How can cities be cooled in the summer months? And which strategies for sustainable development exist to make growing cities more liveable ? Find out here how this is done in Germany.

 Sebastian Backhaus is making the city of Freiburg more sustainable.
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Healthy green cities

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Green hydrogen

Fuel of the future

Germany believes that green hydrogen is the best way to reduce carbon emissions. To this end, the country adopted a national hydrogen strategy in 2020. As part of a European hydrogen alliance, eight billion euros is to be made available to fund 62 German projects – from the production of hydrogen to its transport and use in industry. Using green hydrogen will allow Germany to save several million tons of carbon per year. Find out here what form the energy transition with green hydrogen will take.

Energy Transition

Only if we succeed in switching the energy sector to 100 percent renewables by 2050 will it be possible to limit global warming to a tolerable level.

Holger Rogall, economist
Model of a combined wind-power/hydrogen plant.
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Will hydrogen become the new oil?

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The first hydrogen-powered train has been operating in Lower Saxony since 2018.
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The clean fuel of the future

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Sustainable studies

Future-ready degree courses with a green profile

The EU is restructuring its economy with the Green Deal. Highly qualified professionals are needed to ensure a sustainable future, however. We present some future-ready degree courses and give you some tips about which universities in Germany allow you to learn and conduct research in a particularly sustainable way.

Studieren in Deutschland

Your guide to studying in Germany

Everything you need to know if you want to study in Germany – tips, links and info on universities, study programmes, requirements and scholarships.
Refectory at the Forest Campus of Eberswalde University
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Green universities

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Studying sustainability

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