British-German Environment Forum (BGEF)
Deutsch-Britisches Umweltforum


The British-German Environment Forum (BGEF) brings together policy makers and practitioners from business, public agencies and the voluntary sector for a 2-day conference. Conferences take place roughly every second year, alternating between Britain and Germany. 


It provides a forum for the exchange of views and lessons for good practice and innovations between two key European countries with distinctive strengths and weaknesses in environmental policy, and with different policy cultures in relation to the environment.


The initiative is supported by the Anglo-German Foundation, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Federal German Environment Ministry. Selection of delegates, themes and venues is the responsibility of a Joint Steering Committee comprising distinguished members drawn in equal numbers from the UK and Germany representing organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors. The Committee is jointly chaired by Tom Burke, Rio Tinto's environmental strategy adviser and former Special Adviser to the UK Secretary of State for the Environment, and by Jo Leinen MEP, former Minister for the Environment for the Saarland.


  • For a more detailed brochure please click here
  • For a German Summary (deutsche Zusammenfassung) please click here


Conferences are currently being planned for Germany in 2012 and the UK in 2013. If you would like to receive an invitation or more details please email [email protected]

Initiators & Co-ordinators


  • Ian Christie (environmental author and consultant)
  • Ray Cunningham (Anglo-German Foundation)
  • R. Andreas Kraemer (Ecologic)
BGEF Committee




  • Tom Burke (Joint Chair)
  • Dr Michael Grubb, The Carbon Trust
  • Derek Osborn, Chair, UNED-UK

  • Sara Parkin, Director, Forum for the Future

  • Robert M. Worcester, Chair, MORI




  • Jo Leinen (Joint Chair)
  • Dr Hermann Ott, Wuppertal Institute
  • Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt, Chair, REpower Systems AG
  • Dr Fritz Vorholz, Economics correspondent, Die Zeit
  • Dr Angelika Zahrnt, Chair, BUND