Germany means business on the environment
The environmental sector offers significant opportunities in Germany now - for energy efficient, sustainable products and services - and for new ways of doing things.
In Germany, awareness of the issues facing the environment is high across the political spectrum. Germany remains at the forefront of planning to address climate change. The hesitancies of Donald Trump’s United States over protecting the environment do not affect this commitment.
Germany is planning to take real action in real time.
This will impact on individuals and organisations across Germany. It means a whole new raft of export opportunities arising now and into the future for the UK.
For British businesses with products and services that support increased energy efficiency this is good news.
The transition to sustainable energy is underway in your sector now
Germany has long been leading the world in the development of renewable energy and environmental technology. This ‘Energiewende’ (changing energy policy) began in Germany, with politicians across the spectrum committed to it. The current commitment is to be largely greenhouse gas neutral by 2050.
Germany is moving towards these targets right now. In November 2016, the German government adopted Climate Action Plan 2050. A significant change was the new sector-specific ‘corridors’ for reductions in emissions by 2030 compared with 1990.
Federal Environment Minister, Barbara Hendricks, said: “For the first time we have defined target ranges for individual sectors… no one can fool themselves into thinking that climate change only affects others.”
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This clear plan means that across the board, German businesses are taking action to meet these targets and ensure their own survival.
The sector target ‘corridors’ for reductions in greenhouse gases vary - but in many cases they will mean a drastic transformation in the way things are done.
Manufacturing industry has to meet a target emissions reduction of around 50% by 2030 compared with 1990 - which means an increasing focus now on energy efficiency, R&D and introducing new technologies and approaches.
The transport sector sees a target reduction range of around 40% by 2030 - with a range of measures anticipated - including increased efficiency, alternative power sources, more public transport, cycling and walking and increased use of digital technology.
The typical long life of buildings means that to meet the longer term cuts for 2050, the buildings of 2030 now have a two-thirds reduction target for emissions. How? Very ambitious standards for new buildings and renovation - and the phasing out of heating systems based on fossil fuels.
These changes all mean significant opportunities for UK businesses.
For further useful and detailed information on this subject see cleanenergywire.org
For hands-on help with exporting products that can provide environmental benefits to Germany contact Eureko
Posted: 3rd May 2017