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Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Foto: MKULNV

The broad area of responsibility of this Department is unique among Germany's states. The Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia headed by Minister Johannes Remmel (Bündnis90/Die Grünen) is part of the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.


A broad area of responsibility

The Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKULNV) is part of the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Federal Republic of Germany is a union of sixteen federated states. Under the country's constitution, the “Basic Law”, the states enjoy a high degree of autonomy. They enact their own laws and also play a large role in Federal lawmaking. The Ministry plans and prepares bills that are then submitted to the State Legislature for parliamentary deliberation and enactment. The Ministry applies Federal, State and European Union laws, oversees their implementation and controls the entire process through a variety of executive agencies.

The Department is becoming ever more active in supporting activities and financial assisting private individuals, community institutions and business enterprises. Today, the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection provides compliance assistance and initiates and supports volunteer activities in North Rhine-Westphalia, for example in the areas of eco-efficiency, conservationand consumer advice.

The Ministry is headed by Minister Johannes Remmel (Bündnis90/DIE GRÜNEN ). He is assisted by State Secretary Peter Knitsch and Parliamentary State Secretary Horst Becker.

Divisions and functions

  1. Central Services
    including Internal Audit executive support unit and Central Procurement Unit
  2. Agriculture, Horticulture, Rural Areas
    Improvement of farm, production, market and social structures, organic farming, environmental improvement and integrated rural development assistance, rural planning and settlements, community improvement, agricultural structures
  3. Forests, Conservation
    Forestry and timber industry, forest ecology, landscape management, conservation, hunting, fisheries
  4. Waste Management Industry, Soil Conservation, Water Management
    Protection of waters, flood protection, closed-loop recycling, contaminated sites, government oversight over water and soil regulation authorities
  5. Pollution Control, Environment and Health, Genetic Engineering
    Air quality, plant safety, environmental medicine
  6. Consumer Protection
    Fair trading and consumer health, food inspection, veterinary services, animal disease control, animal protection
  7. Climate, Energy Development, Environment Industries
    Energy and resource efficiency, emissions trading, green technology
  8. Environmental Issues Across Sectors, Sustainable Development
    International relations, land use policy, environmental reporting, education for sustainable development

Further information:

Sectors under the direction of the Department

  • State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (LANUV)
  • Forest and Timber State Enterprise
  • North Rhine-Westphalia State Stud Farm
  • Director of the Chamber of Agriculture (also serves as a State Government representative)
  • Veterinary Laboratories Agency (SVUA)

Government Offices for Arnsberg District, Cologne District, Detmold District, Düsseldorf District, Münster District - Directorates:

33 Rural Development, Soil Regulations

51 Nature and Landscape Preservation, Fisheries

52 Waste Management, including equipment-related environment protection

53 Pollution Control, including equipment-related environment protection

54 Water Management, including equipment-related environment protection

57 Green Levies, Environmental Careers (Düsseldorf district only)

Also reporting to the MKULNV
  • The Effizienz-Agentur NRW (EfA NRW)
  • EnergyAgency.NRW (EnergieAgentur.NRW)

Further information:

Protection of the natural resources – key challenge of the future

One of the key challenges of the future will be the protection of our natural resources. If we want to maintain a high quality of life, we need to combine economic sense and ecological responsibility. Sustainability and preservation of natural heritage, climate protection and renewable energy, green economy and modern eco technology, consumer protection, healthy eating and eco-friendly farming – each of the corresponding sectors of my Department reflects the economic and social reality of North Rhine-Westphalians. The challenges this presents cannot be dealt with by one region, one state, alone. North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, are active partners in a strong international network. We seek the exchange and cooperation with other countries and regions around the world. Such exchanges exist with our immediate neighbours in particular, Belgium and the Netherlands, but also with other European partners, such as France, Poland and Austria. Further afield, we maintain close links with the United States, Japan and China. In addition to these bilateral relations, the Ministry is a member in a number of international networks, such as the Climate Group and ENCORE (Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe). In all these efforts, we are guided by our commitment to sustainable development.

Want to know more?

Please write to international@mkulnv.nrw.de.