Act. Together. Sustainable.

For a sustainable North Rhine-Westphalia until 2030

The State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) advocates a successful, equitable and future-oriented development in social, environmental and economic terms and therefore bases its actions on sustainability as a guiding principle. As the most populous federal state in Germany with nearly 18 million inhabitants, NRW demonstrates how change towards sustainable development and economic and industrial progress can be reconciled.

Towards a sustainable future

Sustainability in NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia adopted its first sustainability strategy in 2016. In September 2020 the state government released an updated version of this first strategy. Both strategies can be viewed and downloaded here. 

Sustainability strategy brochure
Investing in a sustainable future

Sustainability Bonds

Since 2015, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia regularly issues Sustainability Bonds. The State wants to provide investors who seek sustainable investments with an opportunity to finance selected environmental and social projects of the State. At the same time, North Rhine-Westphalia contributes to the internationally growing segment of Socially Responsible Investments (SRI).

Plants growing on coin piles and next to it coins in a glass with a plant growing from it.
67 goals

are defined within the sustainability strategy of NRW

municipalities and citizens

Sustainable Communities in NRW

The municipalities and their citizens are the backbone of sustainable development in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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successfully sustainable


The dialog with municipalities, civil society, politics, business and science is an important success factor in the development and implementation of the NRW sustainability strategy of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Auf dem Bild sind die kreisförmig ausgerichteten Stuhlreihen eines Plenums zu sehen. Einige der Stühle sind frei, der Rest ist von Menschen besetzt. In der Mitte des Plenums steht eine Frau am Rednerpult und spricht zu den versammelten Menschen.