Federal Environment Minister Schulze: Green technology is an economic driver for modernisation

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Sequence number: No. 072/18
Topic: Economy
Publisher: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Minister: Svenja Schulze
Term of office: 14.03.2018 - 08.12.2021
19th Leg. period: 14.03.2018 - 08.12.2021
Environmental technology and resource efficiency are global drivers for sustainable development. Germany has recognised the opportunities for growth as shown in the GreenTech atlas 2018 presented by Svenja Schulze.

Federal Environment Ministry presents GreenTech Atlas

Environmental technology and resource efficiency are global drivers for sustainable development. As a country of technology and industrial production, Germany has recognised the inherent opportunities for growth. The environmental technology sector's share in the gross domestic product was 15 percent in 2015 and is predicted to rise to 19 percent by 2025. This is clearly illustrated in the 2018 GreenTech atlas to be presented by the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin today at the conference "Environmental Protection Made in Germany: GreenTech for Sustainable Development".

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze noted: "GreenTech made in Germany has increasingly become a driver for modernisation in our economy. Environmental innovations will play a growing part in the ability of German companies to create new jobs and maintain their competitive position in the global markets of the future.

The GreenTech atlas 2018 confirms that green products and services are on the rise with a global market volume of 3,200 billion euros in 2016. This share is likely to increase by 6.9 percent annually to amount to 5,900 billion euros in 2025. German companies are in an excellent position in this scenario: In total German enterprises have a 14 percent share in the global market for environmental technology and resource efficiency.

Projections predict an annual average market volume increase for Germany's green technology sector of 8.8 percent up until 2025. German environmental standards, the early start on a course to energy transition and the great awareness of German companies for energy and resource efficiency have been instrumental in establishing this high demand. Against this backdrop green technology will also become a driver for jobs. Companies active in the six lead markets (energy efficiency, environmentally sound production, storage and distribution of energy, circular economy, sustainable mobility, sustainable water management, raw materials and general materials management) already employ 1.5 million people - and the numbers are rising. The Federal Environment Ministry is placing an increasing emphasis on environmental innovation. Minister Schulze explained: "We cannot allow ourselves to rest on our laurels. Global competition on the environmental technology markets will continue to grow. For this reason we need a courageous ecological industrial policy."

The GreenTech atlas

This is the fifth Environmental Technology Atlas to be published by the Federal Environment Ministry. This year's atlas takes stock of the sector and the large number of examples showcase GreenTech made in Germany. Based on a market analysis and an extensive survey among relevant companies, the consulting firm Roland Berger analysed and assessed international and national environmental technology and resource efficiency markets and categorised their macroeconomic market position.

13.04.2018 | Press release No. 072/18 | Economy
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