Clean-Air Technology

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi)

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi), as a supreme authority of the Federal Government, performs legislative, administrative and coordinating functions for the Federal Republic of Germany, for example in energy, industrial and innovation policy as well as in competition, SME and European policy. Its central task is to secure lasting prospects for employment, investment and growth in Germany with a forward-looking economic policy. The guiding principle for this is a policy based on the principles of the social market economy. Essential fields of action for the Ministry are the support and promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups, stimulating and accompanying investments and innovations, maintaining and expanding the international competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location, and creating the necessary framework conditions. In doing so, it is also responsible for ensuring that important challenges of our time such as digitalisation, the effects of demographic change, the energy transition and other economic transformation processes for climate protection and a secured prosperity and growth also in the future are adequately addressed and taken into account. The increased attention and commitment paid to this growing range of tasks is reflected by the Ministry's most recent name change into Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is responsible for various policy areas in the Federal Republic of Germany, essential ones of which are reflected in the naming of the ministry. Until 1986, three different ministries within the Federal Government were responsible for environmental concerns: the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health. Then, in the middle of the same year, a single government authority for the federal environmental policy was created for the first time, the then Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). In the course of the following decades, additional responsibilities were temporarily transferred to the authority, such as including urban development, housing, rural infrastructure, public building law, construction as well as federal buildings, which also led to name changes thoughout the years (e.g. BMUB between 2013 and 2018). At present, the ministry is also responsible for consumer protection policy and therefore uses the extended abbreviation BMUV. For more than 30 years now its main task has remained unchanged however: to ensure the protection of the population from environmental toxins and radiation, the wise and economical use of raw materials, the protection of the climate and the use of natural resources in a way that preserves the diversity of animal and plant species and their habitats. A key responsibility is to prepare legislation in order to design the legal framework in the areas of responsibility. This also includes shaping regulatory law and transposing EU directives into national law. Furthermore, this includes the financial promotion of research and development, support for the market introduction of innovative technologies, cooperation at national and international level, and communication for broad social participation and acceptance in the protection and careful use of the environment and resources.

Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V. (VKU)

The Verband kommunaler Unternehmen (VKU) represents the interests of the municipal utility and waste management industry in Germany vis-à-vis politics and society. The VKU unites about 1,500 companies and associations from the energy supply, the water supply and sewage, waste management and municipal cleaning. The VKU offers information days, seminars and conferences on all relevant topics.

Environmental Cluster Bavaria - Network of the Bavarian Environmental Industry

The Environmental Cluster Bavaria is the network of the Bavarian environmental industry. The cluster brings together expertise in the fields of waste & recycling, resource efficiency & material flow management, water & wastewater, air pollution control, alternative energy production and soil & contaminated site remediation. Its central task is to network companies and research institutions and thereby strengthen the expansion of the Bavarian economy and small and medium-sized enterprises. This is done in particular by concentrating its activities on transfer, education and strengthening cooperation in collaboration with politics, research, science and industry. The network provides information on current topics and specialist events via online offers. The network members have access to advisory services to extend their business activities on the international markets. In addition, five cluster working groups have been formed as discussion and working forums on various topics. The organisational framework of the Environmental Cluster Bavaria is formed by the supporting association Umwelttechnologie-Cluster Bayern e.V., to which all Bavarian Chambers of Industry and Commerce and the Chambers of Trade and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria and Lower Bavaria-Upper Palatinate belong.

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), BAM is responsible for testing, research and consulting for the protection of humans and the environment in the fields of energy, infrastructure, environment, materials and analytical sciences. With the help of expert reports, certified reference materials and interlaboratory tests, BAM checks safety and quality standards. In addition, BAM is responsible for the admission of substances, technical products and plants.