Since its founding in 1974, the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) has been Germany’s main environmental protection agency. UBA is concerned with an extremely broad spectrum of issues, including waste avoidance, climate protection, and pesticide approvals. Its work centres around gathering data concerning the state of the environment, investigating the relevant interrelationships and making projections – and then, based on these findings, providing federal bodies such as the German Ministry of the Environment with policy advice. Moreover, UBA provides the general public with information.
In addition to the mentioned activities, UBA also implements environmental law by making sure that it is applied in areas such as CO2 trading and approval processes for chemicals, pharmaceutical drugs and pesticides.