Hessen’s environmental technology companies are active in numerous segments such as water and waste water treatment, waste management and recycling, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and air pollution control. More than 51,000 highly trained specialists are employed by 1,300 industrial companies, engineering companies and consultancies in future-oriented technologies.
The annual turnover is €14.4 billion. This industrial sector is implementing key technologies to solve global issues like those resulting from climate change. Companies based in Hessen are analyzing key issues such as energy needs, resource consumption and the pollution of water, air and soil, and thereby providing important impulses for tomorrow's environmentally sustainable economy.
Environmental technology offers major opportunities in international markets because the demand for resource efficient and environmentally sustainable solutions is growing worldwide. Foreign sales account for 40% of total sales, primarily 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 technology. 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 in Darmstadt, the University of Darmstadt, the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, the Technical University in Frankfurt, the Justus Liebig University in Gießen, the Technical University of Middle Hessen (THM), the Technical University Rhein-Main and the University of Kassel.