Responsibilities and tasks

Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH will initially provide largely administrative and substantive support for BMU funding activities. In doing so, it will manage concrete activities and projects to implement a wide range of key policy aims in the areas of environment protection, nature conservation and climate change. Award, administration and implementation of national and international projects form an integral part of the work performed by ZUG.

International Climate Initiative (IKI)

The International Climate Initiative (IKI), which ZUG took over in mid-2018, is the first funding programme to be managed on behalf on BMU.

The International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Competence centre on climate change mitigation in energy intensive industries

On behalf of the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU), Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH has commenced work on creating a competence centre on climate change mitigation in energy intensive industries (Kompetenzzentrum für Klimaschutz in energieintensiven Industrien (KEI)). The aim is to develop technology-based, market-oriented solutions for use in decarbonising energy-intensive processes in industry.

The Competence centre on climate change mitigation in energy intensive industries

Funding programme for the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS)

Under the DAS programme, BMU funds projects that promote adaptation to climate change and supply solutions that can be used to mitigate the effects of global warming in Germany – heat waves, floods and heavy rain.

EU LIFE funding programme

At the start of 2019, ZUG set up a new National Contact Point for the EU LIFE funding programme (environment sub-programme) in Bonn. LIFE is an EU Commission-led programme which funds activities throughout the EU in the areas of biodiversity conservation, environment protection and climate action. In cooperation with the existing national contact points, the ZUG National Contact Point will aid German institutions with their LIFE programme funding applications.

Grant Programme against Marine Litter

The programme's primary goal is to avoid the production of litter at the source, thus reducing the amount of litter that can even enter the environment. In addition to coastal regions and island states, the geographic focus of the programme is also on countries and regions that transport large amounts of plastic into the sea via their rivers.

Marine Debris Framework – Regional hubs around the globe