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The partners of Clean Air

The “Verkehrsclub Deutschland” is  a major German transport and environmental organisation that promotes sustainable mobility. The VCD's goal is to create a sustainable transport policy through a more efficient use of transportation networks.

Divided into 140 local groups over 12 regional sections, the VCD is headquartered in Berlin where it employs 45 people. It provides the public with information on sustainable means of transportation and lobbies for better laws on sustainable mobility.

The VCD was founded in 1986 and has about 60,000 members and supporters. Since then it has become an important voice of transport policy in Germany.

Contact: Heiko Balsmeyer
Phone: (+49) 30 28 03 51 -22




The “Deutsche Umwelthilfe” is a non-profit organisation that works for the protection of nature  and the environment. It creates a dialogue between environmental associations, politicians and representatives of the economy with a strong focus on ecological and sustainable policies. Critical consumers and media representatives who support ecological and healthy lifestyles are important partners for the DUH. Together they fight for more careful use of natural resources ecological diversity and the conservation of the environment.

The DUH was founded in 1975 in Germany. Their work is financed by private donations and subsidies for environmental projects.

Contact: Amrei Münster
Phone: (+49) 30 2400867-71




The German “Naturschutzbund Deutschland” has been fighting for the preservation of nature since 1899. Originally focused on protecting birds, the approach nowadays has become more diverse. The NABU maintains two scientific facilities and a centre for information and education close to Berlin. Each year the “bird of the year” is announced in order to call attention to a habitat in danger. The NABU also engages internationally by fighting for the last snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan or supporting the world natural heritage in Russia.

NABU  has about  500,000 supporters and is divided into 2000 local sub-groups. The youth organisation NAJU is, with 60,000 members, one of the biggest in Germany.

Contact: Julia Balz
Phone: (+49) 30 284984-1625




The “Bund für Umwelt- und Naturschutz Deutschland” lays a claim to be the leading social force for sustainable development in Germany. Its vision is a sustainable country in a peaceful and sustainable world. The structure of the BUND is federal, with 16 regional groups. Alongside them there are the youth organisation and smaller groups that support different projects.

The BUND was founded in 1975 and has today more than 480,000 members and supporters.

Contact: Arne Fellermann
Phone: (+49) 30 27586-484




The VCÖ works towards ecological and sustainable mobility. The objective is for all people to have access to mobility, independent of age, income or health. At the same time the effects of mobility on environment must be minimised. The VCÖ maintains a scientific institute that analyses possible solutions and their effects – this is the basis for its policy. Furthermore, the VCÖ creates a dialogue between politicians, decision-makers and business representatives.

The VCÖ was founded in 1988. It is financed by donations from private persons, but also by subsidies for projects, sponsoring and advertisement.

Contact: Ulla Rasmussen




Transport & Environment

Transport & Environment is the leading NGO voice on smarter and greener transport policies at the EU level in Brussels. Established in 1990, it represents, and is supported by, around 50 member organisations working to promote an environmentally sound approach to transport across Europe. It is also a member of the Green 10 group of the ten leading environmental organisations in Brussels, Green Budget Europe, the Clean Shipping Coalition, and the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS).

Its mission is to promote, at EU and global level, a transport policy based on the principles of sustainable development. It believes transport policy should minimise harmful impacts on the environment and health, maximise efficiency of resources, including energy and land, and guarantee safety and sufficient access for all.

Kontakt: François Cuenot



The Danish Ecocouncil

The Ecocouncil (Det Økologiske Råd) is a Danish NGO founded in 1991. Its main objective is to promote sustainable development, where environmental concerns, social justice and human well-being are main focal points.

The Ecological Council is different from other Danish NGOs because it is an academic organisation that deals with environmental policy on a scientific basis, but at the same time tries to inform and engage in dialogue with both politicians and the general public.

The Ecological Council is not subsidised by the state. The work is financed by projects and member contributions and supported by voluntary work.

Contact: Kåre Press-Kristensen
Phone: (+45) 22 81 10 27



The Clean Air Action Group

The Clean Air Action Group (CAAG) is one of the best-known environmental NGOs in Hungary. Alongside campaigning for clean air, the main fields of activity are the suitability of transport, energy policy, urban development, the sustainability of chemical and pesticide use and the protection of green areas in cities.

Founded in 1988 by three local green groups, it is now a national federation of 127 NGOs. Its Board of Experts consists of more than 100 specialists of various professions. It is open to anyone who wants to help clean up the environment.

Contact: Judit Madarassy
Phone: (+36) 30 3718891



The Centre for Sustainable Alternatives

The Slovakian civil association CEPTA was founded in 2005 as an association of people who engage in diverse activities such as environmental protection, nature conservation, support of civil participation and promotion of healthy lifestyles and sustainable alternatives to the present consumption-based way of life.

Our main activities are focused on improving the air quality and waste management, environmentally friendly use of EU funds, sustainable agriculture end pesticides reduction; in years 2012 – 2015 we focused on developing of the ecodriving and its certification scheme.

Contact: Daniel Lesinsky
Phone: Mob. 0042/1 905581076