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Sectors: Circular resource management


Updated on 13.04.2023

The Senate Department for Environment, Mobility, Consumer and Climate Protection is part of the Berlin state government. As the highest state authority, it is responsible for the implementation of environmental policy in the German capital and actively promotes topics such as the circular economy (CE), climate protection and the mobility revolution. There are about 30 people in the main responsible division, about 15 of whom are responsible for ministerial tasks, the development of strategies and the implementation of projects.

Countries: Germany
Population: 3.700.000
Resource use, flows and materials: To be confirmed

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Studies are developed on topics such as regional resource conservation, or strategies for waste avoidance in the sense of a CE. Berlin's government policy guidelines stipulated that Berlin would join the CCRI. Together with other senate administrations, external partners (NGOs, representatives of industry and trade, skilled craft chamber), we develop the topics in Berlin.

Leading organisation

City of Berlin


Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action

Link to existing circular economy action plan

Based on the waste hierarchy and the Zero Waste Strategy, the Berlin Waste Management Concept 2020–2030 represents a lighthouse project, both nationally and internationally, for the development of a climate friendly and resource-conserving CE. In particular, the Berlin waste management concept sets more ambitious standards.

The city of Berlin already performs significantly better than the national average in terms of its resource consumption. For example, in relation to land, water, mobility and food. Berlin's recycling rates for waste glass and wastepaper are also above average.

However, there is still considerable potential in the capital to reduce resource consumption and set a good example.

Berlin's administration, business community, and civil society are already working in a variety of ways to conserve natural resources. With the help of this feasibility study, further targeted measures can now be developed and implemented. In doing so, the public sector will act as a role model.


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Link to Circular Systemic Solution

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Circular economy good practices

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Key publications, policies, legislations and initiatives

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Support from CSO

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