Consumer protectionGerman federal government inaugurates national competence center for sustainable consumption

On the occasion of the conference "Implementing sustainable consumption in Germany" in Berlin, the "Competence center for sustainable consumption at the German Environment Agency” was inaugurated today. Prior to this, the German federal government had adopted the National Program for Sustainable Consumption and agreed upon the UN sustainability goals in 2015. The competence center is set to further ensure the coordinated and efficient implementation of the sustainability program involving all federal government departments as well the respective subordinate agencies.

The competence center comprises the following three areas of responsibility:

  • Organizational as well as content-related support for implementing the national sustainability program.
  • Providing information services for sustainable consumption.
  • Coordinating the scientific services with regard to the program’s implementation in collaboration with the responsible departments.

Gerd Billen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, commented: "With the "Competence center for sustainable consumption" we have established a central point of contact for a wide range of stakeholders. We thus lay the basis for effective networking, which will help to further promote and prioritize the issue."

Source: Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

More information and the center’s website