The global market volume for environmental technology and resource efficiency exceeded the 3 trillion euros mark in 2016. Total revenue of 3,214 billion euros was generated across the six green tech lead markets, continuing the expansive development of this green cross-sector industry. In 2013, the global market volume for environmental technology and resource efficiency came to 2,536 billion euros. A volume of 837 billion euros in 2016 means that energy efficiency remains the largest of the green lead markets.

The German market volume for environmental technology and resource efficiency stood at 347 billion euros in 2016. In this country, too, energy efficiency is the largest lead market in the green tech industry, with a market volume of 83 billion euros in 2016. The second-largest lead market – environmentally friendly power generation, storage and distribution – was worth 79 billion euros, while sustainable mobility tipped the scales at 74 billion euros. The listed sequence reflects Germany’s pioneering position in the field of renewable energy and in the latter’s integration in the power grid. The lead market for sustainable mobility feeds on growth stimulus from the automotive industry, a branch of industry that is traditionally very strong in Germany.

Demand for green products, processes and services will continue to increase in the years ahead. Backed by such fair winds, the green tech industry will proceed along its current growth trajectory both in Germany and in the international arena.

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 26 to 25 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 2016 and 2025

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, 2016-2025 – Lead market for environmentally friendly power generation, storage and distribution (EUR billion, average annual change 2016-2025 in percent)
Market volume development in Germany, 2016-2025 – Lead market for energy efficiency (EUR billion, average annual change 2016-2025 in percent)
Market volume development in Germany, 2016-2025 – Lead market for material efficiency (EUR billion, average annual change 2016-2025 in percent)
Market volume development in Germany, 2016-2025 – Lead market for sustainable mobility (EUR billion, average annual change 2016-2025 in percent)
Market volume development in Germany, 2016-2025 – Lead market for waste management and recycling (EUR billion, average annual change 2016-2025 in percent)
Market volume development in Germany, 2016-2025 – Lead market for sustainable water management (EUR billion, average annual change 2016-2025 in percent)