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

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB)
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Agency overview
Formed 6 June 1986
Jurisdiction Government of Germany
Headquarters Robert-Schuman-Platz 3, 53175 Bonn
Employees 814
Annual budget € 8.256 million (2009)
Minister responsible Barbara Hendricks, Federal Environmental Minister
Child agencies Federal Environmental Agency
Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
Federal Office for Radiation Protection
Headquarters in Bonn
Seat in Berlin on Alexanderplatz

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, (German: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit), abbreviated BMUB, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is headquartered in Bonn with a branch office in Berlin. The current minister of the environment is Barbara Hendricks, who assumed office on December 17, 2013.[1]

The ministry was established on June 6, 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.


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


The ministry is led by the Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The current Minister is Barbara Hendricks, appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel. The minister is supported by two parliamentary state secretaries and one state secretary who manages the ministry's six departments:

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Federal MinistersEdit

Political Party:       CDU       Green       SPD

Party Term of Office Chancellor
Walter Wallmann
(b. 1932)
CDU 6 June 1986 22 April 1987 Kohl
Klaus Töpfer
(b. 1938)
CDU 7 May 1987 17 November 1994 Kohl
Angela Merkel
(b. 1954)
CDU 17 November 1994 27 October 1998 Kohl
Jürgen Trittin
(b. 1954)
Green 27 October 1998 22 November 2005 Schröder
Sigmar Gabriel
(b. 1959)
SPD 22 November 2005 28 October 2009 Merkel
Norbert Röttgen
(b. 1965)
CDU 28 October 2009 22 May 2012 Merkel
Peter Altmaier
(b. 1958)
CDU 22 May 2012 17 December 2013
Barbara Hendricks
(b. 1952)
SPD 17 December 2013 Incumbent Merkel


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