Country Profiles

Luxembourg High Council for SD

Conseil Supérieur pour un Développement Durable (CSDD)


Name: Ms. Marguy Kohnen

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Phone: +352 247 86823


Conseil Supérieur pour un Développement Durable

18, Montée de la Pétrusse

L – 2918 Luxembourg


Mission Statement

‘Missions of the Council are (as defined by law):

  • Discussion forum on sustainable development matters;
  • Proposing research and sutdies on any topic related to sustainable development;
  • Establishing relationships with comparable committees in the Member States of the European Union;
  • Promoting the largest possible participation of public and private bodies and the participation of citizens;
  • Expressing views on any adopted or planned measures regarding sustainable development by the Government, and especially on the National Plan for Sustainable Development and on the implementation of Luxembourg's international commitments.'

The Council carries out its missions on its own initiative or following a request of the Government.

Composition and Membership

The High Council was established by law in 2004 as an advisory body for reflection and discussion on matters regarding sustainable development, and held its first meeting in 2006. There has been no restructuring since.

Chair: Dr. Francis Schartz.

The Council comprises of 15 members from various private and civil society sectors.

A Secretariat is provided by the Ministry of Environment and it is composed of one civil servant on a part-time basis.

Role and Functions

  • advising on government policy or making policy recommendations, including NSDS; and
  • stakeholder engagement. 

Recent Activities


Current and Future Priorities

    • Comments on the sustainability of Luxembourg's current development model against the background of the economic, social and ecological challenges (ongoing work);
    • Development of indicators for wellbeing;
    • Energy policy: increased use of biomass (Advice requested by the Minister for Enviornment);
    • Elements for a sustainable Luxembourg;
    • Ecological Footprint; and
    • Advice on the future National Plan for Sustainable Development. 

The CSDD organises its work in subgroups by topic as and when required. In 2011 the council met on a monthly basis. By law, the Council must prepare an annual report on its activities.