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Looking into the Future – Environmental Technologies in Hessen

Environmental technologies have developed into one of the key industrial sectors in Hessen thanks to its high level of innovation and excellent growth potential. This industrial sector, which has evolved into one of the largest growth markets in the world, has contributed significantly to the creation of new jobs in Hessen.

Hessen’s environmental technology companies operate in numerous segments such as water and waste water treatment, waste management and recycling, renewable energies, energy efficiency, and air pollution control. More than 51,000 highly trained specialists are employed by 1,300 companies with annual revenue of €14.4 billion. This industrial sector develops key technologies to cope with global challenges such as those resulting from climate change. Hessen-based companies tackle issues related to energy requirements, resource consumption, and the pollution of water, air and soil, thereby making a key contribution to tomorrow’s environmentally sustainable economy.

Environmental technologies offer major opportunities because the demand for resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable solutions is growing worldwide. Today, foreign sales account for 40% of total sales and primarily stem from within the European Union.

In addition to a strong industrial sector, Hessen is also home to numerous universities and research institutes in the field of environmental technologies. Due to the interdisciplinary approach of these academic institutions, they are active in many highly-specialized areas. The most renowned institutions in the state of Hessen include the Technical University of Darmstadt, the University of Applied Sciences of Darmstadt, the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt, the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, the Justus Liebig University of Gießen, the University of Applied Sciences of Middle Hessen (THM), the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences and the University of Kassel.



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