Environment Minister

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Environment Minister or Environment Minister is the short form of the title of the minister who heads the Environment Ministry .


At the state and federal level, environment ministers are the political heads of the environment ministries. In the city-states of Berlin , Bremen and Hamburg the corresponding title is Senator .

The Federal Environment Minister (official name: Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety ) is the head of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety . The ministry was established in 1986 in response to the Chernobyl disaster . As a member of the Federal Government, the Federal Environment Minister is subordinate to the Federal Chancellor and, like every Federal Minister , is bound by the Federal Chancellor's authority to issue guidelines. Two Parliamentary State Secretaries , one State Secretary and more than 800 other employees report to the Federal Environment Minister .

The current German Federal Environment Minister in the black-red coalition led by Angela Merkel has been the SPD politician Svenja Schulze since March 15, 2018 .


In Austria, the Environment Minister heads the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology , also known as the Ministry of Climate Protection . It was formed in 2020 from the former Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology after the environmental department was spun off from the Ministry of Agriculture . The current Austrian Federal Environment Minister in Cabinet Kurz II has been Leonore Gewessler ( Greens ) since January 29, 2020 .


In Switzerland, Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga has headed the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication since 2019 , one of which is the Federal Office for the Environment .

Other states

Before the establishment of independent environmental ministries, the environmental authorities were assigned to other ministries, in Germany for example the Ministry of the Interior . This is still the case in many countries today. There have been ministries of the environment in Mexico since 1994, in Japan since 2001 and in Belgium .