German Sustainability Action Days

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) established the German Sustainability Action Days (DAN) in 2012 on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

The aim of the Action Days is to enhance visibility throughout Germany of real commitment that sets an example to others, to foster public awareness of the topic of sustainability and to inspire more people to undertake a commitment to sustainability. Every individual can help change things for the better. The Sustainability Action Days are thus addressed at private individuals, clubs, associations, initiatives, foundations, nursery schools, universities, churches, companies, social institutions, environmental and development associations, communities, municipal utilities, authorities, public offices and ministries.

Since 2015 the Sustainability Action Days have been held as part of the European Sustainable Development Week, which is an initiative founded by Germany, France and Austria in which people from all over Europe can participate.

German Sustainability Action Days 2018

The German Sustainability Action Days 2018 were a resounding success. A total of 2,531 events and initiatives participated all over Germany, which is 689 more participants than in the previous year. The federal states with the highest level of participation this year were Baden-Württemberg with 1,704 events and initiatives, North Rhine-Westphalia with 191 and Saxony-Anhalt with 81. The lion’s share of events were held by associations (256 events), followed by educational institutions (110 events) and businesses (91 events).
This year, the German Sustainability Action Days were held as part of European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW). In total, 6,008 events and initiatives were registered in 34 countries throughout Europe. Germany was the most active participating country this year in European comparison. Additional information on the ESDW can be found at

A complete analysis of the German Sustainability Action Days 2018 is available for download as a PDF “Daten & Fakten DAN 2018” (PDF, 2.6 MB, only in German).

What’s next?

The German Sustainability Action Days 2019 will be held from 30 May to 5 June 2019. Entries can be made starting in February 2019 via the website