Environmental engineering in Rhineland-Palatinate
Environmental engineering from Germany has a reputation for excellence that is respected around the world. The reason for this is based on Germany's very specific and extensive standards and legislation in relation to the environment. The global effort to raise international environmental standards and to adapt to this level has resulted in an increasing demand for innovative environmental engineering and planning skills. The fact that German suppliers account for 15% of the world market speaks volumes. On a national scale, the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate offers significant future potential in the field of environmental engineering and is already a major contributor to a green economy.
11% of the gross domestic product in Rhineland-Palatinate
Environmental engineering contributes greatly to the economic success of Rhineland-Palatinate. According to a recent survey by Roland Berger management consulting services, environmental engineering hit roughly €13 billion in 2012. This represents approximately 11% of the total economic output (GDP) in Rhineland-Palatinate. About 60% of the industry sales in Rhineland-Palatinate were achieved in the key markets of renewable energies (24%), energy efficiency (19%) and recycling management (15%). Based on businesses that employ more than 20 people, the industry in Rhineland-Palatinate can boast roughly 750 companies. In total, about 2,000 firms operate in the sector. Compared to other German federal states, many sector businesses in Rhineland-Palatinate are medium-sized, employing between 50 and 200 people and achieving annual sales of roughly €10 million to €50 million.
Foreign business contributes to over one third of sales
A considerable concentration of sector businesses is apparent in certain urban areas (Mainz, Ludwigshafen, Koblenz, Trier, Kaiserslautern), while at the same time the wide regional distribution of many companies is evident. Foreign business, accounting for over one third of sector sales, is almost as important as the domestic market in Rhineland-Palatinate. The key foreign markets at present are the neighbouring countries of France and Luxembourg. Over the next five years, sector businesses expect an 11% annual increase in sales and plan to expand their workforce by an average of 7% each year.
In the case of Rhineland-Palatinate, a number of particularly promising future markets have already been identified and represent the topics of interest within the network:
Decentralised energy systems
Building technology/Building energy efficiency