Defra's core purpose is to improve the current and future quality of life. For the first time one department has brought together the interests of farmers and the countryside; the environment and the rural economy; the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. We do all this by integrating environmental, social and economic objectives - putting sustainable development into practice every day, and by championing sustainable development as the way forward for Government.
Until 1986 environmental matters were dealt with by three different ministries within the German Federal Government: the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health. On 6 June 1986 the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety was established. Since then it has been responsible within the Federal Government for leading national environmental policy. The Ministry, which under a resolution of the German Bundestag has its principal office in Bonn, has some 830 employees in six departments there and at its second office in Berlin.
The overall objective of the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environmental Management (VROM) is to work for a permanent quality of the living environment. The VROM is responsible for co-ordinating environmental policy at government level. However, unlike in many other countries several other ministries have environmental tasks too, for example in the field of water quality and nature management. Issues regarding spatial planning, environmental management and housing are mutually dependent and where possible preferably mutually supportive. A good example is urban planning. Towns have to be compact and at the same time complete entities. Urban centres must offer a wide range of facilities. Besides being compact, they have to provide green space, a relaxed atmosphere, proper drinking water, a good quality of life. The presence of those elements help to curb the growth in car-use and mobility generally and indirectly reduce the transformation of land into urban areas.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008, to bring together energy policy (previously with BIS - the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills), and climate change mitigation policy (previously with Defra - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). We face unprecedented challenges to our environment, our economy, and the future security of our energy supplies – and the decisions we make now will affect the planet and our way of life for generations to come. DECC exists to tackle these challenges.
CDKN supports developing countries to deliver climate compatible development. They offer advice and technical assistance, cutting-edge research, strategic knowledge sharing and partnership building. Their services are provided free-of-charge to policy-makers in their priority engagement countries and for some international organisations.
The Clean Energy Solutions Center is a first-stop clearinghouse of clean energy resources for governments in making the low-carbon transition. The website, which is the product of a partnership between the Clean Energy Ministerial and UN-Energy, is operated by NREL, the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It offers access to policy best practices, data, and analysis tools, as well as free policy assistance – online training and expert assistance – to help countries tailor solutions to their needs. The "Ask an Expert" feature on reegle is provided in cooperation with the Clean Energy Solutions Center.
REEEP is a Public-Private Partnership launched at the Johannesburg World Summit in 2002. The REEEP aims to accelerate the global marketplace for energy effciency and renewable energy by actively facilitating financing mechanisms for sustainable energy projects and structuring policy initiatives for clean energy markets on the ground.
REN21 is a global policy network aimed at providing a forum for international leadership on renewable energy. Its goal is to allow the rapid expansion of renewable energies in developing and industrial countries by bolstering policy development and decision-making on sub-national, national and international levels.