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environmental protection


Indicator: Environmental protection goods

A graph shows the value of environmental protection goods produced between 2009 and 2015 as well as the share of these goods in the overall industrial production.

Approximately 6 % of industrial production in Germany can be used to protect the environment, e.g. for noise protection or climate mitigation.In 2015, potential environmental protection goods worth about 83.4 billion euros were produced in Germany.The production of environmental protection goods has slightly increased since 2013. read more


Indicator: Employment in environmental protection

A graph shows the workforce in environmental protection and their share in the overall workforce for 2002 until 2012 – in two-year-steps. The share was 5.2 per cent in 2012, whereas it was only 3.7 in 2002.

In 2012, 2.2 million people worked in environmental protection, which is 5 % of the total employment.Of this, over half are environment-related services.Employment in environmental protection has risen by more than 50 % since 2002. read more

Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Mining law

The extraction of lignite from opencast mines is also subject to mining law

Every industrialised economy is dependent on a secure supply of raw materials. Manufacturing industry and the energy sector in particular require immense amounts of such materials. It is for this reason that Germany extracts its own deposits and also imports significant amounts of those raw materials which are not available domestically. read more

Soil | Agriculture

Ecological impact of farming

Tractor with tow tube

Germany’s farming sector uses the largest amount of land, but is at the same a lynchpin of our economy – one that provides a reliable food supply and produces sustainable raw materials. The farming sector also plays a key role when it comes to preservation and development of the man-made environment. But increasingly intensive farming brings with it a host of eco-unfriendly effects. read more


The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment