German Environment Agency


Division IV

Dr. Erik Schmolz

Division IV is tasked with chemical safety. We endeavour to protect the public and the environment against hazardous chemicals, to which end we investigate and assess environmentally harmful substances and preparations. When potential hazards come to light, we devise risk reduction measures, which can involve banning the use and/or manufacture of a particular substance. read more


Division V

Dr. Jürgen Landgrebe

Division V of the German Environment Agency is responsible for climate protection, energy and emissions trading. The German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) is based here. In Germany, it is the body responsible for trading in certificates for the emission of climate-damaging carbon dioxide. read more


Visit us

 The UBA building in Dessau-Roßlau from above. The building is elongated, with a façade of wood and coloured glass slabs and slanted solar cells covering the entire surface of the flat roof

Free brochures are available at the visitor centers at our Dessau-Roßlau and one of our Berlin sites. You can also visit a branch of our environmental library at either of these two sites, or at our Bad Elster site. The model eco-building at our Dessau-Roßlau site is also worth a visit. read more


About us

look into the inside courtyard with its glass roof

"For our environment″ is the UBA's motto and sums up what we are there for. As Germany's main environmental protection agency, we ensure that there is a healthy environment in Germany in which people can live as far as possible protected from harmful environmental impacts. Here we briefly introduce our office in text and film. read more


UBA offices

Collage of three buildings: modern glass building, historic building in green environment and mountain station on snow-covered slope

Our headquarters are located in Dessau-Roßlau in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, where we have been since 2005. Our other offices are in Berlin, Bad Elster (Saxony), Langen (Hesse), Merseburg (Saxony-Anhalt), Salzgitter (Lower Saxony) and Cottbus (Brandenburg). We also operate a seven station measurement network extending from Zingst on Rügen island to Zugspitze. read more


How to reach UBA

See here for maps and further information on how to reach all the offices of the German Environment Agency (UBA). Click on the maps to open a more detailed view. Detailed maps (where available) appear by clicking on the arrows in the photo gallery. read more


Division II

Dr. Claudia Röhl leaning on a stair railing in front of green background

Division II is in charge of waterbody and soil protection as well as public-health issues such as air and drinking water quality. read more

The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment