Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

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Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU)
Bundesministerium fuer Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed6 June 1986 (34 years ago) (1986-06-06)
JurisdictionGovernment of Germany
HeadquartersRobert-Schuman-Platz 3, 53175 Bonn, Germany
Employees814
Annual budget€3.021 billion (2020)[1]
Minister responsible
Child agencies
  • Federal Environmental Agency
  • Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
  • Federal Office for Radiation Protection
Websitewww.bmu.de
Headquarters in Bonn
Seat in Berlin on Alexanderplatz

The Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, (German: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit), abbreviated BMU, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. It has branches in Bonn and Berlin.

The ministry was established on 6 June 1986 in response to the Chernobyl disaster. The then Federal Government wanted to combine environmental authority under a new minister in order to face new environmental challenges more effectively. Prior to this responsibilities for environmental issues were distributed among the ministries of the Interior, Agriculture and Health.

Functions[edit]

The ministry's primary functions include:[2]

  • Fundamental national environmental policy
  • Informing and educating the public about environmental issues
  • Environmental remediation and development in Eastern Germany
  • Climate protection and energy
  • Air quality control
  • Noise abatement
  • Conservation of groundwater, rivers, lakes and seas
  • Soil conservation and remediation of contaminated sites
  • Waste management and recycling policy
  • Chemicals safety, environment and health
  • Precautions against emergencies in industrial plants
  • Protection, maintenance and sustainable utilization of biodiversity
  • Safety of nuclear facilities
  • Nuclear supply and disposal
  • Radiological protection

Organization[edit]

The ministry is led by the Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The current Minister is Svenja Schulze, appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel. The minister is supported by two parliamentary state secretaries (members of the cabinet and federal government, "deputy ministers") and two career state secretaries (public servants)[3] who manage the ministry's nine directorates:[4]

See also[edit]

Federal Environment Ministers[edit]

Political Party:   CDU   Green   SPD

Name
(Born-Died)
Portrait Party Term of Office Chancellor
(Cabinet)
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Reactor Safety
Walter Wallmann
(1932-2013)
KAS-Wallmann, Walter-Bild-5166-1 (cropped).jpg CDU 6 June 1986 22 April 1987 Kohl
(II)
Klaus Töpfer
(b. 1938)
Klaus Töpfer, 1990 (cropped).jpg CDU 7 May 1987 17 November 1994 Kohl
(IIIIV)
Angela Merkel
(b. 1954)
KAS-Merkel, Angela-Bild-14890-2 (portrait crop).jpg CDU 17 November 1994 27 October 1998 Kohl
(V)
Jürgen Trittin
(b. 1954)
Trittin, Jürgen-0126.jpg Green 27 October 1998 22 November 2005 Schröder
(III)
Sigmar Gabriel
(b. 1959)
Sigmar Gabriel 2008.jpg SPD 22 November 2005 28 October 2009 Merkel
(I)
Norbert Röttgen
(b. 1965)
Norbert Röttgen 2012 (portrait crop).jpg CDU 28 October 2009 22 May 2012 Merkel
(II)
Peter Altmaier
(b. 1958)
Peter Altmaier1.JPG CDU 22 May 2012 17 December 2013
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Housing, and Reactor Safety
Barbara Hendricks
(b. 1952)
World Premiere Django Berlinale 2017 10.jpg SPD 17 December 2013 14 March 2018 Merkel
(III)
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety
Svenja Schulze
(b. 1968)
2493ri SPD, Svenja Schulze.jpg SPD 14 March 2018 Incumbent Merkel
(IV)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bundeshaushalt". www.bundeshaushalt.de. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  2. ^ Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety - primary functions Archived 25 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 25-May-2012
  3. ^ BMUB. "Heads of the Ministry". bmub.bund.de. BMUB. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  4. ^ BMUB (4 March 2015). "Organisational Chart - Heads of Ministry". bmub.bund.de. BMUB. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-18.

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