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Resources and Environment

Resources and Environment

Responsibility for a Sustainable Future for Nature, the Economy and Society

We need a fresh start that is less focused on objective,s but more so on the determination of our actions.

Angela Merkel, Former German Chancellor

Climate change, digitalisation and the Corona pandemic as key challenges of our time have confronted us with very basic questions once again: what do we build our future on? How must we live now in order for life on earth to remain worth living for future generations, and so that they can continue to shape it in the exercise of their fundamental rights?


Sustainability Means Taking Responsibility for the Future

The concept of sustainability is on everyone’s lips: in political debates, in science and research as with in demands from civil society, at national and international level. Sustainability always seems to be something worth striving for that is not yet sufficiently present. It is understood as a systemic balance between ecological, economic and social development, which interact in a complex way. Sustainability is a cross-cutting issue. Ultimately, it is about responsibility for the future.

Science needs to use transdisciplinary research to explore and explain connections, such as with regard to how human actions impact nature. Innovations – be it technologies, processes or behavioural changes – could be the key to a more careful use of the natural foundations of life.


Resilience Arises from Preservation and Renewal

Future viability and resilience are also leitmotifs in the competition of political ideas on various levels – at federal, state and local levels, in the European house and in the global village. What decisions must be made today to preserve that which has been achieved, and to initiate desired developments and work towards resilience of nature, the economy and society against disruptions? Options for action need to be weighed up, priorities set and conflicting goals taken into account. For the most part, there is no lack of (scientific) knowledge, but rather it is about overcoming implementation deficits and building trust in the fact that the democratic constitutional state will master the fundamental change.

The necessary decarbonisation and targeted climate neutrality of the economy and society undoubtedly entail challenges. However, these challenges can be met through the expansion of renewable energies, the promotion of climate-neutral technologies, diversification of energy imports, measures for higher energy efficiency as well as through closed product cycles and recycling. In agriculture, the production of food needs to be considered in the context of species and climate protection. Mobility needs to reconceptualised in many respects, taking the concerns of urban and rural spaces equally into account, and linking them via innovative and sustainable approaches.

Russia’s war in Ukraine is increasing tasks and reinforcing conflicting goals: on the one hand, how can the security of energy supply be ensured, for which we are still dependent on fossil fuels, such as from Russia, due to insufficient coverage of demand through renewable energies, without further endangering the achievement of climate protection goals on the other, while the impact of climate change is manifested worldwide it all its urgency?


With a Wide Range of Offers for More Sustainability in Germany and Abroad

These questions are also of utmost importance for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s work in Germany and abroad. With events, studies, and analyses, we accompany the political and social discussion on current issues and provide platforms for interdisciplinary exchange of experiences in Germany, Europe and in the countries of the Global South.

Hence, for us, this topic presents not only a regulatory challenge, but is also a key concern as regards preserving creation and protecting human rights throughout the world. In our view, sustainable development is a prerequisite for prosperity and a principle of the social market economy.

For us, it is important that the shift to greater sustainability is economically viable and oriented towards people’s everyday lives; only this way can it be accepted by them. In conjunction with the ecological, economic, and social dimension, sustainability also has a political component. After all, sustainability thrives on the active participation of citizens who are to help she the future viability of the country. That is why democracies, in particular, are predestined to drive the radical changes. Besides social acceptance, political will to implement sustainability is important for creating the necessary framework conditions.

We would therefore like to provide political decision-makers in Germany and abroad with the impetus for addressing challenges surrounding the environment, resources and other sustainability issues. We therefore advocate alliances between states that strive for high sustainability standards.

International Offices and Programmes

Strictly speaking, issues such as sustainability, energy policy, environmental and climate protection know no national boundaries. Our actions have a global impact in many respects, such that, for sustainable success with these issues, holistic approaches involving as many states as possible need to be pursued and joint solutions found. With our energy security and climate change programmes, we attempt to contribute to this by promoting dialogue on these issues in several regions around the world.

International Energy Security and Climate Change Programmes

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The curtailment of man-made global warming and associated shift away from fossil fuels envisaged by the Paris Climate Agreement, presents humanity with just as great a challenge as the consequences of climate change. With the four regional programmes on energy security and climate change in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific as well as in the Middle East and North Africa, since 2015 the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been helping to strengthen cross-regional dialogue on the topics of energy, climate and environmental policy in the respective regions. Here, special emphasis is placed on accompanying currents debates, developing solutions as well as promoting specific projects of sustainable action in politics, business and society.


Learn more about the energy security and climate change programmes


Publication Series and Publication Projects

The development towards a sustainable way of living is one of the most important goals for politics, the economy and society. How can we succeed in striking a balance between human way of life and the global ecosystem Earth without having to abstain from everything across the board? Our publication projects provide impetus for thought and grant insights into innovations that could help this development process.

Sustainability Monitor

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With the Sustainability Monitor series, we address, mostly on an occasion-related basis, current sustainability issues from the perspective of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung so as to make them accessible to an interest public in politics, science and civil society; at the same time, we also contribute towards the foundation’s positioning on this important cross-cutting issue of the future.


Learn more about the Sustainability Monitor series

Sustainability Navigator – Transformation Through Innovation

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„Sustainability Navigator – Transformation Through Innovation“

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Our project “Sustainability Navigator. Transformation Through Innovation” provides an overview of specific innovations for more sustainability. Here, we not only look at the ecological, but also the social and economic dimension.


Learn more about “Sustainability Navigator” project


Didactic Offers

With the Adenauer Campus’ range of topics on the environment, climate, and energy, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung also provides inspiring didactic material that is aimed at a broad target group.

Didactic Teaching and Learning Materials

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In our Adenauer Campus learning laboratory, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s digital learning platform, you will find learning modules, exciting articles and infographics on the topics of environment, climate and energy. We invite teachers, those interested in politics and pupils alike, in order to take a closer look at our interactive and free didactic offers.


Learn more about the Adenauer Campus learning lab


Networks and Cooperation

To promote sustainable urban development as well as market- and innovation-oriented strategies for climate neutrality, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has launched the “Strong cities 2030” initiative, and entered into a cooperation with the German think tank EPICO Klimainnovation.

Strong Cities 2030 Network

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Urbanisation is one of the mega trends of the 21st century. In 2050, three-quarters of the world’s population are likely to live in cities. This harbours major challenges, while also affording opportunities. The Sustainable Development Goal 11 of the Agenda 2030 aims to make cities and settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Strong Cities is an initiative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung with the goal of fostering urban development towards more sustainability, resilience and inclusion. It does so through global exchange between political office holders and experts from science and practice.


Learn more about the “Strong Cities 2030” network

Cooperation with EPICO KlimaInnovation

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Since 2021, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been cooperating with EPICO KlimaInnovation. The think tank has set itself the goal of developing sustainable, market- and innovation-oriented strategies for climate neutrality from the centre of society, and contributing towards their implementation. The beating heart of the cooperation between KAS and EPICO is the Policy Accelerator for Climate Innovation.

In this project, within the framework of an agile design thinking process, clear recommendations for action on key topics of energy policy and target visions for achieving climate neutrality were developed, which will also be accompanied in the future and whose implementation is to be promoted via a strong network in politics, business, science and society.


Learn more about the cooperation with EPICO KlimaInnovation


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Publications to the topic

ToR_EU Brazil_Fiscal Governance and IFI-1 main cover Canva Pro Stock
EU funded technical assistance project: "EU-Brazil Dialogues Support Facility''
Deadline: 13.12.2022. Download the full vacancy!
COP27 REUTERS / Emilie Madi
Gute Schritte, aber noch ein langer Weg
Industriepark mit einem Windrad REUTERS / Bart Biesemans
Wettbewerbsfähigkeit trotz oder durch Klimaschutz?
Eine Analyse des Konzepts Klimaclub
Report cover KAS MDPD
Global Climate Alliance For Accelerated Climate Action
The GCA Collaborative is proposing an open and inclusive global agreement to massively accelerate the Global South’s progress to net-zero emissions.
Agua y minería - Policy paper
New challenges in the extractive industries in LATAM to enable the global energy transition
Options for a region rich in minerals and thirsty for water
Cover Photo
New Realities of Multilateralism
Panorama Insights into Asian and European Affairs
Europa przeciw katastrofie klimatycznej
Ranking najbardziej zielonych państw Unii Europejskiej
Transmilenio-Busse in Bogota Pixabay / alejobaron
Decarbonising the transport sector in the Global South
Possibilities, challenges, and reciprocities on the road to climate-neutral mobility
Handbook KAS CEWAS
Handbook: accelerating water entreprises.
Cover image_Trajectory of Deglobalizing Forces-How Resilient Is Germany
Trajectory of Deglobalizing Forces: How Resilient Is Germany?
Deglobalisation Essay Series 5
Regionen auf dem Weg zum European Green Deal (Symbolbild) AdobeStock/juanjo
Regionen auf dem Weg zum European Green Deal
Auf dem Weg zum European Green Deal: Die Teilnehmenden zeigen sich motiviert, das eigene Handlungsfeld sowie die eigene Region im Sinne des EGD zu entwickeln.
Solar Panel mit der Flagge Chinas kotoyamagami,
Energiewende und Protektionismus – Wie gehen wir pragmatisch mit China um?
Analyse des mittelfristigen Bedarfs an kritischen Industriemetallen und eine Empfehlung handlungspolitischer Maßnahmen infolge wirtschaftlicher Abhängigkeiten
Gemüse in einem Supermarkt nrd / Unsplash
Nur Lokal wird nicht ausreichen
Warum Nahrungsmittelimporte aus fernen Ländern oft die nachhaltigere Option sind
Practical Guide: Implementing Sustainable Waste Separation Operations in the MENA Region.
Practical Guide: Implementing Sustainable Waste Separation Operations in the MENA Region.
Guide politique: pollution plastique dans la région MENA
Policy Guide: Tackling Plastic Pollution in the MENA Region.
Judicial review in the pandemic
Judicial Review in the Pandemic
Water agenda
“STATE OF THE ART” report for wash thematic priority within UFM water agenda.
Water knowledge platform
Towards Developing a SEMED Water Knowledge Platform Mediterranean Water Development Outlook
This report will shed light on how these water use practices alter from one country to another based on climatic, financial, political and geographical factors.
Mining hole
Unpacking the Nexus between Climate Change and Extractive Industries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Events on the topic



„Natur und Wohlstand – noch zu retten?“
Ein Gespräch zwischen Antje Boetius, Andreas Jung und Kim Thy Tong



Geldpolitik im Spannungsfeld von Politik und Stabilität
Vortrag von Dr. Jens Weidmann, Präsident der Deutschen Bundesbank a.D., zum 125. Geburtstag von Ludwig Erhard



An Energie gewinnen! – Perspektiven aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik
Thema: Elektromobilität



Kommunalpolitisches Tutorial M-V | Folge 14
Energieversorgung in Kommunen – Energiekrise und Energiewende

Event reports on the topic

IMG_1 Moritz Fink
Wichtigkeit von innovativen Diagnostika zur Gesundheitssystemstärkung & Pandemievorsorge
Offizielles Side-Event am World Health Summit der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Simon Engelkes Thomas Ehlen /
Sechs Wochen vor der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft
Politische und wirtschaftliche Potenziale in Katar und den Nachbarstaaten am Persischen Golf / Eine Bilanz des Wiesbadener Tischgesprächs 10. Oktober 2022
Dormagener Gespräch 19.08.2022
"Wasserstoff: Energieträger der Zukunft?!"
Dormagener Gespräch unter der Schirmherrschaft von Hermann Gröhe MdB
Summer School
Klimawandel, Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltschutz
„Außer Spesen nix gewesen? Arbeit und Umsetzung der Klima-Enquete-Kommission“ KAS Bremen
„Außer Spesen nix gewesen? Arbeit und Umsetzung der Klima-Enquete-Kommission“
Abendveranstaltung mit Martin Michalik, Jens Eckhoff und Martin Busch
Schirmherr Oberbürgermeister Martin Horn KAS/Thomas Langer
Politischer Wille und Umsetzungskraft entscheiden über erfolgreiche kommunale Klimapolitik
Handlungsbedarf erkannt: Kommunen zeigen, wie innovative Klimaanpassung vor Ort funktioniert
Kernkraftwerk in Cattenom, Frankreich (Foto: S. Kühn) S. Kühn
Renaissance der Atomkraft?
führt der Russlandkrieg in der Ukraine und die Energiewende in deutschland zu einer Renaissance der Atomkraft?
Andreas Jung MdB
„Nachhaltigkeit ist unser Ding!“
Ein Navigator für den Wandel durch Innovation
Mit der Kreislaufwirtschaft zu mehr Nachhaltigkeit in Europa
von André Algermißen und Martin Schebesta
Weltenbummler und Aktivisten N. Jilderda/ Pexels
Von Weltenbummlern und Aktivisten
Wie steht die Jugend zum Klimaschutz?
Zeit zum Handeln! Wie kann die Christdemokratie den Klimadiskurs gestalten?
Launch des Klima-Readers
Alpen Christian Kutzscher
Klimawandel erFAHREN
Eindrücke, Risiken, Chancen. Lösungen?
Podium: Charlotte Unger, Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Andreas Noll Martin Reuber
Wie schaffen wir die Klimawende?
Deutsch-französische Zukunftswerkstatt, 5. Staffel
Plant-Protection-Drone Pixabay
Innovationen in der Landwirtschaft: Der Schlüssel für mehr Nachhaltigkeit?
Rechtspolitische Konferenz Juliane Liebers
"Der Greta-Effekt und die Gerichtsbarkeit. Judizialisierung des Klimaschutzes – Ausweg oder Irrweg?"
15. Berliner Rechtspolitische Konferenz
Bild Pixabay Biodiversität Wald Pixabay
Biodiversität und Soziale Marktwirtschaft
Wie eine wettbewerbsfähige Land- und Forstwirtschaft dem effektiven Artenschutz dienen kann
Animal Extinction Dirk van der Made / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
Biodiversität fördern
Zwischen ökologischen Herausforderungen und ökonomischen Chancen
Fachkonferenz „Soziale Marktwirtschaft ökologisch erneuern“ kas
Fachkonferenz „Soziale Marktwirtschaft ökologisch erneuern“ – Teil II
Generationen Foto von Andrea Piacquadio von Pexels
Nachhaltigkeit und Generationengerechtigkeit als gelebte Politikpraxis
 KAS-Auslandsmitarbeiter Andreas Klein nimmt stellvertretend für die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung den Umweltpreis der Stiftung Recyclapolis entgegen. Fundación Recyclapolis
Projekt der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung gewinnt Umwelt-Preis in Chile

Media library

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"Global Responses to Climate Risk Mitigation: A Spotlight on Pakistan Floods."
Farwa Aamer (@faamer @StimsonCenter) sits down with Amb. Asad Majeed Khan (@asadmk17), Pakistan’s Ambassador to the EU, Belgium, and Luxembourg,
Podcast Erststimme #54
Klima muss sich lohnen
Wir sprechem mit Prof. Achim Wambach über die Instrumente des Marktes und der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft in der Energie- und Klimapolitk.
Podcast Erststimme #52
Wie bereiten sich Städte und Gemeinden auf die Folgen des Klimawandels vor?
Wir sprechen mit Felix Broscz, dem Klimamanager der im Oberbergischen gelegenen Stadt Gummersbach, wie man vor Ort mit dem Klimawandel umgeht.
Kommunalkongress 2022
Politischer Wille und Umsetzungskraft entscheiden über erfolgreiche kommunale Klimapolitik
Klima-Experten berichteten in der Green City Freiburg über innovative Projekte aus ihren Kommunen.
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Gabriele Semino über die Nachhaltigkeit des Hyperloops
Unser Kollege Jason Chumtong hat Gabriele Semino, Leiterin des Projektteams des TUM Hyperloop Programms, interviewt. Er wollte u. a. herausfinden, wie nachhaltig der Hyperloop ist.
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Dr. Alex Hückler über die Nachhaltigkeit von Infraleichtbeton im Bau
Dr. Alex Hückler hat im Gespräch mit unserem Kollegen Tobias Wangermann dargelegt, welche Potenziale Infraleichtbeton für Nachhaltigkeit am Bau hat.
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Pfarrer Bodo Ries über Digitalisierung und Teilhabe im Gemeindeleben
Wir haben Pfarrer Bodo Ries zu einem Interview getroffen und wollten u. a. wissen, ob die Innovationen der Digitalisierung auch nachhaltig in der Gemeinde wirken.
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Maria Brückner zur Nachhaltigkeit von Online-Bürgerbeteiligungen
Unser Kollege Tobias Wangermann hat Maria Brückner zu einem Interview getroffen, in dem es darum ging, wie Online-Beteiligungsforen bei Nachhaltigkeit helfen können.
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Projekt „Navigator Nachhaltigkeit. Wandel durch Innovation“
Unser Projekt gibt einen Überblick über Innovationen für mehr Nachhaltigkeit. Hierbei schauen wir nicht nur auf die ökologische, sondern auch die soziale und ökonomische Dimension.
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Mission:MitMischen vom 17. - 19. September 2021
Nachhaltigkeit, Klimawandel und Umweltschutz
In mehreren Workshops stellten 18- bis 28-Jährige ihre nachhaltigen Projekte vor, entwickelten neue Ansätze und suchten Mitstreitende für neue Ideen.
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