Growing global demand for environmental technology and resource efficiency products, processes and services is good news for German companies. The domestic green tech market in Germany is continuing to chart its growth trajectory. In the period from 2013 through 2025, we forecast an average annual growth rate of 6.6 percent. Accordingly, the market volume will increase from EUR 344 billion in 2013 to EUR 740 billion in 2025.

With a market volume of EUR 100 billion, energy efficiency is the biggest of the green tech lead markets. In Germany, it represents a 29 percent share of the total market volume for the green tech sector.

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Development of the German market for environmental technology and resource efficiency, 2013-2025 (EUR billion, average annual change 2013-2025 in percent)

Energy efficiency will still be the largest green tech lead market in Germany in 2025 in terms of market volume. However, its share of the total market for environmental technology and resource efficiency will fall from 29 to 24 percent due to differences in the growth rates of individual lead markets.

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Development of individual lead markets' share of environmental technology and resource efficiency in Germany in 2013 and 2025

The average annual growth rate of 8.7 percent seen in the lead market for sustainable mobility means that its share of the overall green tech market will increase by four percentage points. The fact that the lead market for material efficiency will increase its share by two percentage points is attributable largely to the growing importance of the technology lines biotechnology and nanotechnology.

The figures below show the detailed developments in each of the six green tech lead markets in Germany. Looking beyond the lead market level, they also highlight the trends in the individual market segments.

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Market volume development in Germany, 2013-2025 – Lead market for environmentally friendly power generation, storage and distribution and lead market for energy efficiency (EUR billion, average annual change 2013-2025 in percent)

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Market volume development in Germany, 2013-2025 – Lead market for material efficiency and lead market for sustainable mobility (EUR billion, average annual change 2013-2025 in percent)

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Market volume development in Germany, 2013-2025 – Lead market for waste management and recycling and lead market for sustainable water management (EUR billion, average annual change 2013-2025 in percent)