Established in 1972, the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) is an independent body responsible for scientifically evaluating the environmental situation in Germany, drawing attention to undesirable developments and identifying ways and means of avoiding or eliminating them. Its recommendations for action are addressed not only to the Federal Government, but also to the Länder, local authorities, industry and the public.
The Council submits an Environmental Report to the Federal Government every four years. Its latest report entitled "An integrated approach to environmental policy: the way forward” was published in May 2016. Specific environmental problems are examined comprehensively in special reports. For instance, in November 2017 a special report entitled "Time to take a turn: climate action in the transport sector" was published. The SRU also issues statements and open letters in which it formulates recommendations on topical environmental issues. Its most recent statements include "Start coal phaseout now", "Für einen flächenwirksamen Insektenschutz" (In support of widespread effective insect protection - German only), "Wohnungsneubau langfristig denken" (Long-term thinking for construction of new housing - German only) and an open letter on the "Fitness check of the Water Framework Directive".
The SRU members are seven university professors from different disciplines with specialist expertise in the field of environmental research. They are appointed by the Federal Cabinet for a term of four years. The current term of office began on 1 July 2016.
Last updated: June 2018
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