- works towards a resource-conserving and future-proof economy;
- works on issues concerning the economic efficiency of environmental policy and on the economic value of environmental capital;
- evaluates the effects of environmental policy measures on the environment, economy and society;
- is responsible for the development and implementation of environment policy instruments, in particular the VOC incentive tax, according to the Environmental Protection Act;
- develops the basis for further important components of market-based environmental policy, such as the avoidance of misdirected incentives, and to design funding flows more sustainably;
- supports the federal office in all matters concerning environmental economics and
- collaborates closely with other federal offices on questions of integrating environmental concerns into economic and financial policy.