The German Sustainability Strategy (or GSS for short) was revised and expanded in 2021, following a range of events with representatives of civil society, business, science and the state. This wide-ranging discussion process began in October 2019 and concluded with expert discussions a year later, which resulted in the revised GSS 2021 that was adopted by the Federal Cabinet in March 2021.
In line with the United Nation's 17 sustainability goalsen
A Sustainability Strategy has been in place in Germany since 2002, and in 2016 the GSS was brought into line with Agenda 2030’s 17 global sustainability goals. The original strategy was presented at the United Nations Earth Summit for sustainable development in Johannesburg, and it has been revised every four years since 2004.
Six transformation areas identified
The Strategy aims to set the course for greater sustainability at various levels of business and society. This will require an ambitious transformation of all sectors of society.
The six transformation areas address multiple Agenda 2030 goals and emphasise the interaction between them. The Federal Government hopes to achieve progress towards implementing the 17 sustainability goals in the following areas: Wellbeing for people and social justice; energy revolution and climate protection; the circular economy; sustainable construction and the transport revolution; agriculture and food; a pollutant-free environment.
Chapter C – the heart of the strategy
Chapter C is the heart of the strategy. It sets out how Germany will make a specific contribution towards achieving each of the sustainability goals and sub-goals, both in Germany and around the world The chapter includes indicators developed by the Federal Statistical Office for each of the SDGs, which will make it possible to measure sustainable development.