Germany is the global leader in the field of efficiency technology. However, there are chances not only in export but especially in the application in domestic markets.
The measure of success in this area is energy productivity.
The plans of the federal government are that in the next ten years just half as much energy will be consumed for each unit of gross national product than has been in the reference year 1990. This will require enormous efforts by trade and commerce, energy producers and large-scale industry, the public authorities, the housing industry and also private consumers.
Starting points for additional savings in the manufacturing industry include compressed air, electric motors, pump systems, ventilation, refrigeration and cold, space heating and hot water as well as electronic data processing (EDP). With regard to buildings, measures include insulation, the use of renewable energies for hot-water production and the extended use of combined heat and power (CHP) generation.
Due to their know-how, specialised energy service providers play a prominent role in the process of achieving the efficiency goals set. To coordinate the tasks, the federal government has established a federal agency for energy efficiency at the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).