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Welcome to the UBA Web site.

This Web site contains the following: (a) extensive information about our agency, the people who work in it, the work we do, and how we go about doing it; (b) information about our building and past and future projects involving green construction; and (c) UBA job postings and invitations to tender. In perusing our Web site, you may be surprised to learn that we also promote environmental protection through art, have the largest environmental library in the German speaking world, and that this facility is open to the general public. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy our Web site, and that you will have the occasion at some point to visit us in our visiting area in Dessau-Roßlau or Berlin.

From Science to Policy: UBA-Exhibition in the European Parliament

UBA-Building in Dessau

The German Environment Agency's "From Science to Policy" exhibition was due to open in the European Parliament in Brussels on 29 June. Due to the corona pandemic the exhibition is now being held digitally. UBA President Dirk Messner invites you to take a virtual tour of the exhibition. All posters and interviews with UBA experts on the exhibition topics can also be found in the online exhibition. read more



Raul Walch. Laborant’s Pause, 2018. Inkjet-Print. Copyright: Raul Walch

Waste is everywhere: in the Great Pacific garbage patch, as fine particular matter in the air, or as microplastics in the food chain. The group exhibition Zero Waste showcases international positions in contemporary art that point out the urgency to save resources, consume less, and live more sustainably. Zero Waste is on display at the MdBK Museum of fine arts in Leipzig von Jun 25 til Nov 8. 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 Berlin-Grunewald 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


Professor Dirk Messner is new President of the German Environment Agency

Dirk Messner

On 1st January, Professor Dirk Messner succeeded Maria Krautzberger, who had held the office for five years and retired at the end of last year. Federal Environment Minister Schulze congratulated the internationally renowned sustainability researcher at his inauguration, attended by staff of the German Environment Agency in Dessau. read more


Professor Dirk Messner appointed new President of the UBA

Dirk Messner

The internationally renowned sustainability scientist Dirk Messner will become the new President of the German Environment Agency on 1 January 2020. On 31 July 2019, the German Federal Cabinet approved this personnel proposal by Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze. Professor Messner succeeds Maria Krautzberger, who is retiring at the end of the year. read more


About us

look into the inside courtyard with its glass roof

Since its founding in 1974, the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) has been Germany’s main environmental protection agency. Read more about us, here. read more


Organizational structure of the UBA

Regal mit verschieden farbigen Sicherheitshelmen für Arbeiter und Arbeiterinnen

The UBA is composed of five specialized environmental divisions, plus our General Services Division, which provides various services via entities such as our human resource unit. For a detailed overview of and information concerning our divisions, see our organizational chart. read more


The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment