Central Office Division Z

Dr. Torsten Bischoff in the German Environment Agency office building in Dessau-RoßlauClick to enlarge
Dr Torsten Bischoff was head of the Central Office Division from April to September 2020.
Source: Susanne Kambor / Umweltbundesamt

Although the activities of our Central Office Division mainly center around services for the UBA itself, the Division’s citizen´s service unit and environmental library have a great deal to offer the general public as well.

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we share the news of the sudden and unexpected death of our Head of Central Office Division, Dr Torsten Bischoff, on 7 September 2020. Dr Bischoff headed the Central Office Division with great commitment and success from 1 April 2020. His death leaves a great human and professional void at the German Environment Agency.

The Central Office Division Z keeps the UBA running smoothly so that our staff can devote their full energies to environmental protection. Accordingly the Central Office Division’s tasks mainly revolve around human and financial resources; various planning and organizational processes; management of UBA properties nationwide; information and communication technology; and providing legal advice, as well as administrative support for NGO nature conservation projects and for research projects involving both government and outside funding.

But the Central Office Division’s activities don’t stop there. It also houses the largest environmental library in the German-speaking world and has a citizen´s service unit that answers up to 100,000 queries annually from the general public.

The Central Office Division also works on key issues such as human resource development, work-life balance, wellness management for UBA personnel, and green IT.

In short, the Central Office Division seeks to help the UBA become a modern government agency that sets an example in both the social and ecological spheres.