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Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt

About us

The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU is one of Europe’s largest foundations and promotes innovative and exemplary environmental projects. Since 1991, almost 5500 projects have received financial backing totalling about € 1 billion. The promotional activities concentrate on environmental technology and research, nature conservation, environmental communication and cultural assets.

The Board of Advisors ...
... is the executive committee of the foundation, voting for the most important decisions. It consists of 14 members appointed by the Federal Government.

Law ...
The DBU was established in 1990, subject to a law passed by the German Parliament on initiative of the than Finance Minister Dr. Theo Waigel: to use the amount of € 1.3 billion from privatising the former steel group Salzgitter AG for an environmental foundation. The income from its assets is used for the promotional activities.

Supporting Sustainable Development: Promotional examples of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU

Main fields of promotional activities are:

  1. Environmental technology
  2. Environmental research / Nature protection
  3. Environmental communication
  4. International activities
Here the regularly revised guidelines are divided into 12 special fields: environmentally friendly applications and procedures, energy technology, architecture and building and construction industry, material stream management and emission reduction, applied environmental research, nature protection, environmentally friendly use of land, scholarship programme, environmental communication and environmental management within small and medium sized enterprises, dissemination of environmental information, environmental education and environment and cultural assets.

Environmental technology

Environmental research
Nature protection

 Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, An der Bornau 2, 49090 Osnabrück, Tel.: 0541 96330, Fax: 0541 9633190, E-Mail:, 


Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt

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