The German Advisory Council on the Environment
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The Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) is one of the first academic advisory bodies in the history of German environmental policy-making.
Founded in 1971 to advise the German government, the SRU is politically independent and interdisciplinary. It consists of seven professors from a range of different environment-related disciplines. The members of the Council are appointed by the German government for a four-year period. The interdisciplinary SRU is fully independent to determine the focus and scope of its reports. Its advice is independent from external instructions. As the SRU does not represent any economic interests, it enjoys authority as a non-partisan voice of scientific expertise and provides principles-based analyses and recommendations.