Resources Commission at the German Environment Agency (KRU)

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Resource policy is an international and cross-policy field of action
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Since July 2013, a commission composed of experts from business, science and administration supports the German Environment Agency by developing proposals for the further development of resource efficiency policy.

Resources Commission at the German Environment Agency

Resources policy is a demanding, international, cross-policy field of action with many different actors and approaches. The Resources Commission at the German  Environment Agency (KRU) advises the Agency and makes concrete proposals for the further development of resources policy. Its aim is to help, together with the German Environment Agency, give resource conservation a greater voice in Germany and in the European Union.

Main topics of the first appointment period

To fulfil its mandate, the KRU has set itself the following priority topics for the next three years:

  • Vision of a resource-light society – How could a resource-light society be shaped? What would this mean for our daily lives?
  • Resource conservation scenarios – Development and assessment of different macro- and microeconomic scenarios
  • Requirements for a resource conservation law – What legal framework conditions are necessary and useful? In what way can they be anchored?
  • Further development of the economic and financial framework for the promotion of resource-saving technologies and services
  • Further development of recommendations to business on how to improve the market penetration of resource-saving technologies and services
  • Transfer into society – How can knowledge be translated into action?

Main topics of the second appointment period (2016-2019)

KRU has agreed on the following main topics in order to fulfil its task:

  • Assessing the compatibility of the ProgRess-contents with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Examination of the effects of digitalisation of production and consumption on associated resource consumption
  • Development of communication concepts for the Circular Economy and for consumption and production models for various stakeholder groups
  • Position of the KRU on a Resource Conservation Law
  • Position of the KRU to product labelling

Members of the Resources Commission at the German Environment Agency

  • Dr. Christa Liedtke (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy), Chair
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Faulstich (German Advisory Council on the Environment), Chair
  • Sascha Hermann (VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency)
  • Dr. Friedrich Hinterberger (Sustainable Europe Research Institute)
  • Dr. Alexa Lutzenberger (Leuphana University Lüneburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Meyer (Institute of Economic Structures Research GWS)
  • Prof. Dr. Bruno Oberle (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Prof. Dr. Armin Reller (Augsburg University)
  • Prof. Ursula Tischner (econcept)
  • Dr.-Ing. Julia Tschesche (Effizienz-Agentur NRW)
  • Dr. Hildegard Wilken (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources)
  • Herwart Wilms (REMONDIS AG)

The KRU’s secretariat is based in Section I 1.1, Fundamental Aspects, Sustainability Strategy and Scenarios, Sustainable Resource Use.