Promoting vocational education for sustainable development. Enabling green skills for climate-friendly, resource-efficient action at work. (BBNE)

If you want to promote sustainable development in your regular job, you need the appropriate skills, competence and knowledge. The BBNE programme raised awareness of this "greening" of occupations and the working world. The Federal Environment Ministry was providing funding for projects that showed how promoting sustainability is possible in everyday working life through 2022.

The BBNE programme combined aspects of sustainable development with vocational skills, using methods and pedagogical objectives of Education for Sustainable Development within the framework of political education and also experience-oriented, open youth work.

The measures supported help to sharpen the focus on the aspects of sustainable development and thus enable us to take concrete action to protect the climate and resources in everyday working life. They were also intended to teach people how to use the competence canon Education for Sustainable Development using suitable content, conception and method selection.

The measures were centred around two action areas:

  • Skills development across trades in the energy-efficient refurbishment of buildings (gwüq)
    This field (gwüq) aimed to strengthen the connections between the trades involved in construction and facilities as well as other trades involved in the planning, refurbishment and new construction process and groups in dialogue with planners and architects. The measures were also aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of these actors in terms of promoting cross-trade cooperation in energy-related construction and refurbishment measures. This was done by means of practice-oriented training courses for apprentices and training personnel.
  • Every job is green (jjig). Greening of jobs - access and possibilities for action
    The goal was to give young people the opportunity to learn about the diversity of actors and occupational profiles (training courses and study programmes) and their greening potential, to enable them to try things out and receive suggestions and guidance for their professional career. The projects were aimed at young people who were about to choose their first career or would like to change direction of shift focus in their careers.

Profile of the programme

Target group
  • Employees
  • Young people, young adults

Particularly aimed at young people under 25 and young adults, journeymen, masters of a trade and training staff

Number of projects


Implementation period

2015.01.01 - 2022.12.31

  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Funding priority

C: Investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and life-long learning

Additional Information

Lo­go of pro­gramme


Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, nukleare Sicherheit und Verbraucherschutz

Referat ZIII 2

Stresemannstrasse  128-130
10117 Berlin