Federal Office for Agriculture and Food

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Climate and Energy

Enhancing energy efficiency to protect our climate is an important building block and component of both European and German energy policy. Agriculture and horticulture have large energy savings potential. Climate protection also gains importance in connection with the sustainable production of biomass. Given the fact that, globally speaking, biomass production affects environments and climates differently, it is of utmost importance to support sustainable forms of production. Sustainable forest management also contributes to climate protection.

Federal programme for the support of measures towards enhanced energy efficiency in agriculture and horticulture

This Federal Programme intends to stimulate investment and to introduce new energy efficient technologies in practice. Investment promotion covers three areas: Individual measures, modernisation and new construction. The Federal Programme also promotes energy advice and knowledge transfer. The Office of the Federal Programme is located within the BLE who carries out the administrative measures in connection with the programme.

Sustainable biomass production

With its Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable resources (Renewable Energy Directive) the European Union laid down sustainability criteria for the production and energetic use of biomass. In Germany, the BLE is the competent authority for the implementation of the sustainability criteria stated in the Renewable Energy Directive. One task within the entire process of sustainable biomass production concerns the authorisation and supervision of certification systems and bodies.

The BLE also issues so-called partial proofs of sustainability and manages a directory of all plants which produce electricity from bioliquids. The BLE evaluates the implementation of the sustainability criteria of the Renewable Energy Directive in Germany. Read more

Forest Climate Fund

As a project manager the BLE supports both the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety where the implementation of measures in connection with the Forest Climate Fund is concerned.

Taking both ecological and economic aspects into account, the measures aim to achieve maximum efficiency in terms of climate protection and forest adaptability in the face of climate change and its consequences. Within the process – and where possible – the benefits offered by synergies between climate protection, forest adaptability to climate change and biodiversity preservation are to be taken advantage of.