Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH aids the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in implementing its funding policy aims.

ZUG was founded in September 2017, operating as a fully-independent, federally-owned company. BMU represents the Federal Government as sole shareholder. With its flexible organisational structures, ZUG consolidates non-ministerial tasks that fall within BMU’s mandate and provides the Ministry with technical as well as administrative support in implementing its funding policy programmes and projects.

At ZUG locations in Bonn and Berlin, around 100 members of staff currently work on a wide range of topics which include:

  • Climate policy
  • Funding for climate action
  • Strategies for adaptation to climate change
  • Biodiversity
  • Forests and land use
  • Climate protection in the energy industry and other industry sectors
  • Urban development and mobility

ZUG is still in the start-up phase. Over time it will manage a wide range of funding projects on behalf of BMU. ZUG currently oversees the Ministry’s International Climate Initiative (IKI) and the funding programme for the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS). It also operates and serves as the German Contact Point for the EU’S LIFE funding programme.