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Sustainability requires that decisions be made - not in the distant future, but now.

Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the Council

Marlehn Thieme

The principle of sustainability is the only option for responsible global action; it protects our eco-systems and thus ensures the survival of generations to come.

Olaf Tschimpke, Deputy Chairman of the Council

Olaf Tschimpke

Measuring sustainability is a key success factor to establish environment, social, and governance (ESG) issues in companies and on capital markets.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

Avoiding past mistakes means pointing progress in the right direction: the principle of sustainable development is a good compass for technical and social innovations at local, national and global level.

Ulla Burchardt, Member of the Council

Ulla Burchardt

To create quality of life and reduce the consumption of resources it involves requires that we take further steps in incorporating sustainability in everyday action as employees, consumers, and citizens.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

The Energiewende has reduced the costs of green energy severely. It thus is competitive internationally and contributes to achieve global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

Die Idee der Nachhaltigkeit ist zentral für eine zukunftsfähige, innovative Wirtschaft und unabdingbar für eine Gesellschaft, die Lebensqualität langfristig sichern will. Deshalb gilt es, die drei Säulen der Nachhaltigkeit – Ökonomie, Ökologie und Soziales – zusammen zu denken.

Katherina Reiche, Member of the Council

Katherina Reiche

Sustainable consumption behaviour will continue to be embraced merely by a dedicated minority for as long as the wrong incentives are provided and structures fail to support it.

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

Nachhaltige Entwicklung erfordert größtmögliche Gemeinsamkeiten ebenso wie die Akzeptanz von Unterschieden.

Dr. Werner Schnappauf, Member of the Council

Dr. Werner Schnappauf

Today, sustainable development requires an agenda which explicitly links global and national goals and policies and thus gives global cooperation a strong push forward.

Dr. Imme Scholz, Member of the Council

Dr. Imme Scholz

In der Forstwirtschaft haben wir vor Jahrhunderten gelernt, wie wichtig der nachhaltige Umgang mit natürlichen Ressourcen ist. Erfahrungswissen, Aufgeschlossenheit für Neues und Demut vor der Natur können auch anderen Branchen helfen.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml

Cities, even more so than today, will become hubs of technological and social development in the future. All the more important are efforts to encourage the sustainable development of our cities.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster

Die Nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele (SDGs) der Vereinten Nationen verpflichten alle Länder zu neuem Denken und Handeln. Grenzen und Möglichkeiten der Globalisierung bemessen sich an ihnen.

Achim Steiner, Member of the Council

Achim Steiner

We need to make bold political decisions that reward growth less and sustainability more and that encourage the common good instead of profit-seeking.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger

Die Nachhaltigkeitsentwicklungsziele der UN stellen die Vision einer grundlegenden sozial-ökologischen Transformation dar. Sie sind keine entwicklungspolitische oder umweltpolitische Fachaufgabe, sondern binden alle Kabinettsmitglieder.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the Council

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
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Press Releases

11/22/2016

Berlin, 22 November 2016 – Marlehn Thieme, a member of the Council of the Evangelical Church (EKD) in Germany who also chairs the Television Council ...Read more

10/26/2016

Berlin (Germany), 26 October 2016 – Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has reappointed the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE).

The ...Read more

09/29/2016

Berlin, 29 September 2016 – Incumbent Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is to be honoured with the German Sustainability Award ...Read more

04/19/2016

Berlin, 19 April 2016 - 150 leading German and European experts from economy, civil society, science and politics met up in Frankfurt to debate the ...Read more

03/31/2016

Berlin, 31 March 2016 - This year, the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) is offering international partners to create up to four ...Read more

02/16/2016

Berlin, 16 February 2016 - In Europe, there are a number of different practices of non-financial reporting. What experiences have stakeholders had ...Read more


Information about the Council

The Council

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) was first called into being in April 2001 by the German government of that time under Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. RNE comprises 15 public figures. Its tasks are to generate contributions for implementing the National Sustainability Strategy, to specify concrete fields of activity and projects and also to make sustainability a public issue of vital importance. RNE independently chooses its array of topics and actions. Examples of the outcomes of its current work include the Sustainability Code, statements on the government’s National Sustainability Strategy draft, on the Sustainable Development Goals, on climate policy, raw material policy and fiscal sustainability as well as on organic farming. It also includes the civil society initiatives of the sustainability project, the strategy dialogue with lord mayors on sustainable urban development, impulses from youths and young adults for municipal sustainability and German sustainability policy as well as RNE’s contributions towards the green economy.

Sustainability

Sustainable development means giving equal weight to environmental goals alongside economic and social objectives. Sustainable business concepts mean that future generations are left with an intact economic, environmental and social setting.

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