The DBU supports innovative, exemplary and solution-oriented projects for the protection of the environment. It carries out this mission based on the concept of sustainable development in its ecological, economic, social and cultural aspects, with special consideration for small- and medium-sized business.
The DBU sees its central challenges, above all, in climate change, biodiversity loss, unsustainable use of resources, and harmful emissions. The DBU's support offerings are oriented to 13 interdisciplinary support subjects, which are regularly adapted to meet the changing requirements of environmental protection. Simultaneously, opportunities are created to support the innovative ideas of project partners via "open-subject" grants.
Since the initiation of the foundation's work in 1991, the DBU has supported more than 9,200 projects with a grant volume of more than 1.6 billion Euros.