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Future peace and prosperity will no longer be within our reach, if we in Germany do not commit more resolutely to greater sustainability and channel all our energy into making it happen – be it in politics, business, science or civil society.

Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the Council

Marlehn Thieme

The principle of sustainability is the only option for responsible global action; it protects our eco-systems and thus ensures the survival of generations to come.

Olaf Tschimpke, Deputy Chairman of the Council

Olaf Tschimpke

Measuring sustainability and identifying interrelationships are major success factors for anchoring this topic in companies and on capital markets.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

Avoiding past mistakes means pointing progress in the right direction: the principle of sustainable development is a good compass for technical and social innovations at local, national and global level.

Ulla Burchardt, Member of the Council

Ulla Burchardt

The global sustainability and climate protection goals are the long-term milestones. Now we have to engage in an honest discussion about what the state, private sector and citizens can and must do to achieve them.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

The energy revolution has greatly reduced the costs of green electricity, so it is competitive at international level and helps to achieve the global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

The idea of sustainability is at the core of a viable, innovative economy and is vital for a society that aims to safeguard quality of life in the long term. That is why the three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – must be considered together.

Katherina Reiche, Member of the Council

Katherina Reiche

Make the sustainable choice the easy choice.

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

Sustainable development requires to find as much common ground as possible but also to accept differences.

Dr. Werner Schnappauf, Member of the Council

Dr. Werner Schnappauf

Today, sustainable development requires an agenda which explicitly links global and national goals and policies and thus gives global cooperation a strong push forward.

Dr. Imme Scholz, Member of the Council

Dr. Imme Scholz

In forest science, we learned how important the sustainable management of natural resources is centuries ago. Empirical knowledge, openness to new things and humility in the face of nature can help other sectors, too.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml

Cities, even more so than today, will become hubs of technological and social development in the future. All the more important are efforts to encourage the sustainable development of our cities.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster

We need to make bold political decisions that reward growth less and sustainability more and that encourage the common good instead of profit-seeking.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger

The UN Sustainable Development Goals present the vision of a fundamental socio-ecological transformation. They are not a specialist task for development or environmental policy, but are binding for all cabinet members.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the Council

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul


Regional Hubs for Sustainability Strategies (RENN)

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The German Bundestag is making 10 million euros available over a period of five years to establish four Regional Hubs for Sustainability Strategies (RENNs). The German Council for Sustainable Development is advancing the establishment of the RENNs. Their aim, according to the National Sustainable Development Strategy, is to “link up the sustainability initiatives at federal, Länder and municipal level supra-regionally” and thus drive vertical integration. A further intended aim of the network points is to establish new forms and forums for sustainable development actors (civil society, academia, busi-ness, local authorities...) to work hand in hand.

Selection process

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) has selected suitable organisations and institutions and, to this end, implemented both the suggestions put forward by the Länder and a formal application process. This approach guaranteed the involvement of existing civil society and non-profit organisations with experience in sustainable development projects. RNE has put forward four concepts suitable for funding which will be conducted by DLR, as the responsible project institution, at the instigation of the Federal Chancellery.


The RENNs form a regionally organised information and action platform for sustainable development.

  • They connect actors (horizontally and vertically)
  • They assist in the sharing and exchange of ideas, innovation, strategies and projects
  • They provide impetus for social transformation
  • They promote the flow of information between sustainable development actors at municipal, Länder and federal level

Each individual RENN sets its own thematic focal points.

Looking forward

The RENNs will commence their operative work in 2017. Their joint website has been launched in February.

An independent evaluation is scheduled in year four. In preparation for the UN Summit at the heads of state and government level in 2019, we intend to draft a report on how sustainability can be entrenched in society with the support of civil society. Another idea in the pipeline involves organising the third Peer Review on Sustainable Development Policies in 2018. The coherence of the sustainable development strategies at the various levels will be one of the fascinating topics.

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