Strategies, technologies and market opportunities
The German Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change (Deutsche Anpassungsstrategie an den Klimawandel (DAS) is a crucial instrument for meeting the challenges of rising temperatures, winter increases and summer decreases in precipitation, more frequent extreme weather events and greater climate variability. The DAS analyzes impacts and issues recommendations for 13 sectors in Germany, for example urban areas, which will likely be seriously affected by climate-change phenomena such as urban “heat island” or so-called tropical nights. For them, the DAS recommends “green” and “blue” infrastructure as well as the construction of passive houses and climate-efficient buildings.
There is great demand for innovation and technologies that take a holistic and service-oriented approach to revitalizing cities. For instance, in Berlin, the Roof Water Farm project combines wastewater treatment technology with food production. Hydroponics and aquaponics are being used as part of building-integrated, water-based farming strategies. This provides active climate protection through rainwater management in and around the building. Plants act as a source for evaporation and CO2 storage. Meanwhile, the Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture and Horticulture is conducting experiments on flat roofs and in allotment gardens. Roofs, provided with a lava- or chippings-based preparation and appropriately fertilized and irrigated, can be used to grow lettuce and vegetables. Plants have also been cultivated in the shade of rooftop solar cells, giving the plants better protection against dehydration and cooling the solar cells.
The need to adapt to climate change is driving demand for innovative tools and technologies in the German water industry. Water infrastructure has to be improved, solutions for building exteriors and roofs are needed, as are rainwater management systems.
4 good reasons to grow your business in Germany
Among the reasons for entrepreneurs in this sector to invest in Germany are the solid legal framework supporting water technology companies and promoting innovation, attractive opportunities in growing markets, and a business environment that encourages research, innovation and cooperation.
Last but not least, enterprises planning to set up shop in the German market can take advantage of a wide range of financing and incentives. Direct grants and other funding instruments such as public loans and guarantees, as well as equity capital, can reduce investment costs significantly.
Visit www.gtai.de/incentives for extensive information about the incentives and funding available.
For example, to combat heatwaves, the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is supporting “lighthouse projects” under its program „Measures for Adaptation to the Consequences of Climate Change“. For example, support of up to 300,000 euros is provided for the development of educational modules on climate change and adaptation or adaptation concepts for companies. Project proposals can be submitted from 1 August to 31 October 2019 to the Zukunft-Umwelt-Gesellschaft (ZUG) agency.
Adapting to climate change offers a spectrum of opportunities for innovative foreign companies. Germany’s economic development agency Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) offers free support services for companies planning to expand to this promising market. GTAI’s industry experts Flérida Regueira Cortizo (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Anne Bräutigam (email@example.com) are happy to discuss how you can grow your sustainable business in Germany. Just e-mail them to arrange a call.