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Full of energy and environmentally fiendly

The German capital region is a pioneer regarding innovative energy and environmental technologies - in both national and European terms. The future production and use of energy creates new and diverse markets for technology-oriented industrial companies and technology-related services. Here, the most important requirement is the increasing integration of renewable energies. The capital region is a leader in the development of smart grids, storage concepts and innovative solutions for the synchronisation of energy demand and energy supply. With the well-developed industry and research landscape as well as the excellent infrastructure, it is the biggest practice laboratory for the energy turnaround and urban environmental technologies in Germany. Furthermore, Berlin is - with five large manufacturers - one of the world’s leading locations for the production and the service of turbomachinery. 

The roughly 5,000 companies with almost 56,000 employees in the field of energy technology of the capital region include well-known companies such as Siemens and GE. Furthermore, research is done in more than 30 research institutions, universities and institutes of higher education on energy-relevant and environmental issues.

With the development of new technologies for greater energy efficiency, solving central issues for the grid integration of renewable energies as well as the development of smart electricity grids, heat grids, gas grids and water systems, Berlin is to be positioned as a global lead market for innovative energy and environmental technology.

With our comprehensive service and information offers, we support companies in the energy and environmental technology, which want to establish or set up their business in Berlin or grow at the location.

Clean Technologies

Clean Technologies has been supported within the scope of the common innovation strategy of the federal states Berlin and Brandenburg as a cross-sectional issue by the cluster management energy technology at Berlin Partner for Business and Technology since 2012. In Berlin, Clean Technologies are based on three mainstays Sustainable water management, Circular Economy and Raw material and material efficiency. The innovation field Sustainable water management is the most developed (so far) of the three mainstays. The topic Raw material and material efficiency has an effect on the two other innovation fields.

Sustainable water management

The Berliner Wasserbetriebe are characterised by a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises, which have already been able to successfully establish themselves in regional, national and international markets thanks to their expertise and innovative capacity. In addition, there are the scientific skills of several universities and research institutions, which are of great importance for the location - among other things as co-operation partners in the technology transfer. 

More than 75,000 employees in 6,200 companies are operating in the Berlin Clean Economy, including the Sustainable water management. This corresponds to more than 6.4 percent of the employees paying mandatory social security contributions in Berlin 

source: IHK Berlin (2013)
Ein Cluster Green Economy für die Hauptstadt.
Marktumfeld, Potenziale, Handlungsempfehlungen.

The work of the management team aims at developing the capital region in the three innovation fields - by collaborating with business and science - into a nationally leading and internationally visible business location and distinguishing the capital region as a regional innovation leader. By working within the innovative fields, the different stakeholders of the sectors should be better interlinked and they should develop joint projects.

Circular Economy

In the course of a full consideration of sustainability considerations, the Circular Economy does also play a key role. There is no resource scarcity on our planet. If a product is no longer needed and is disposed of, all materials, which were used for production, are still present. The challenge is to reuse them. For this purpose, both concepts, which already take the future recycling into account when designing, constructing and producing, and corresponding technologies for efficient recycling are needed.

For Berlin as a Smart City, a resource-efficient Circular Economy with sustainable resource management is an important vision. Many creative people - researchers, technicians, entrepreneurs - are engaged in making it come alive.

With more than 400 companies and far more than 8,500 employees, the Circular Economy is an important economic factor in the capital. The spectrum ranges from the classical disposal companies such as the Berliner Stadtreinigung to technology developers up to innovative start-ups, which produce fancy products from secondary raw materials for an environmentally conscious public. Even the strong Berlin fashion sector has taken up the idea; upcycling has become a significant trend. 

For detailed information regarding the Cleantech-location Berlin, please contact our CIO-HUB partner directilyBerlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH

Selected organizations and studies from Berlin