Sustainability & Energy
Demand for climate-friendly energy technologies is growing rapidly. Here, mechanical and plant engineering can expand its key position as a supplier and user of sustainable energy systems. However, this will only succeed if energy costs do not develop into a locational disadvantage and technology paths remain explicitly open through forward-looking legislation.

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Material Compliance Guide now available

Product-related environmental regulations, many of which are known by the widely used term "Material Compliance (MC)," have been explained by VMDA in a comprehensive guide.

New Ecodesign Regulation and digital product passport

With the publication of the new Ecodesign Regulation and the establishment of a digital product passport, the EU Commission has reached an important milestone under the Green Deal. When is the final version expected and what is the current status?

Supporting documents for the ZVEI-VDMA Code of Conduct

Here you will find supporting documents to assist you in implementing the contents described in the ZVEI-VDMA Code of Conduct (compliance and sustainability topics) in your company.

EU Parliament adopts position on the EU Packaging Regulation

On November 22, 2023, the European Parliament voted on its position on the Commission's proposal for a Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR)

Direct current supply for production

Traditionally, production halls are supplied with alternating current from the public power grid. However, switching to direct current would have a number of advantages.

Recycling of rejects and process scrap in production

The more material - for example metals or plastics - that is not part of the final product, the higher the total material consumption and the higher the total greenhouse gas emissions.

Recording the energy consumption of the machines

The energy efficiency of your own production equipment, such as machine tools, can be improved by measuring and visualizing electricity consumption.

Use of mobility hubs

Enabling more climate-friendly commuting for employees

"Rigid sector targets have failed"

The dispute over the German Climate Protection Act has ended with the right compromise. For good reasons, the focus is now on the overall development of emissions.

Carbon management: paving the way for a climate-neutral future

The focus is on carbon management technologies to effectively reduce and manage CO2 emissions. The new study by the VDMA Competence Center Future Business looks at the role of mechanical engineering and possible development paths.

European supply chain law (CS3D) comes in a watered-down form

At the third attempt, the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D) was adopted on 15 March 2024. The last-minute changes are at least a partial success of the VDMA's lobbying efforts.

IEA Electricity Market Report 2024

The IEA's latest report on the development of global electricity markets with a short-term forecast for the next two years on technologies, infrastructure and price developments.

Reporting and retention requirements for PFAS defined in US TSCA

PFAS are now also being scrutinized in the USA. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has defined reporting and retention requirements for PFAS in US TSCA. The VDMA supports its member companies with a fact sheet.

First bidding round for carbon contracts funding program launched

The first bidding round for the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection's Carbon Contracts funding program started on 12 March. Here you will find the key points of the program.

New findings on the timeline in the PFAS restriction procedure

Contrary to what was originally assumed, it will take much longer before a final decision is made on how per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will be regulated under the European chemicals legislation REACH.

"European Parliament must pull the emergency brake now!"

In its current form, the EU Supply Chain Directive will create further competitive disadvantages for European industry on global markets. The European Parliament must now pull the emergency brake at the last minute.

Report of the Federal Audit Office on the implementation of the energy transition

On March 7, 2020, the German SAI published a report on the implementation of the energy transition in the electricity supply sector. It identified systematic deficiencies that jeopardize the success of the transformation.

European CIRPASS project presents recommendations

The consortium presented its findings and recommendations at an online event in early March and declared the digital product passport to be a key tool for establishing a green and digital transformation in Europe.

EU supply chain law: No majority in the EU Council

There was no majority in the vote on the EU supply chain law (Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive - CS3D) in the EU Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Member States (Coreper) on 28.02.2024.

VDMA Power Systems at the Hannover Messe 2024

At the most important international platform for all technologies relating to industrial transformation, VDMA Power Systems will be highlighting innovative technologies and solutions for key topics in a sustainable energy industry.

Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

The European Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Regulation aims to define what environmentally sustainable economic activities are and thus create a standardized classification system within the EU.

Milestone for climate and economic policy

Achieving the climate targets requires openness to technology. The use of carbon management technologies is an important component of this. Mechanical engineering is an important enabler here.

Environmental Business Award.NRW 2024

Do you combine environmental protection with economic success? Show it in the Environmental Business Award.NRW 2024 and submit your application by April 30, 2024!

"EU Supply Chain Directive needs a fresh start"

The EU Supply Chain Directive pursues an important goal, but cannot be implemented in practice. Eight major business organizations therefore reject the current draft and are calling for a legislative proposal that actually works in practice.

How a better EU supply chain directive should be designed

The requirements of the EU Supply Chain Directive would go well beyond German law - and clearly overburden small and medium-sized industrial companies. There are ways to make this seemingly well-intentioned regulation practicable.

Seizing the opportunity for more climate protection through eFuels

The VDMA sees the postponement of the vote on the CO2 fleet regulation for heavy commercial vehicles in the European Council as a new opportunity to utilize the climate protection contribution of green eFuels and anchor it in the CO2 fleet regulation.

"More focus on competitiveness for the EU 2040 climate targets"

The EU's interim climate target for 2040 is politically correct, but must not lead to even more regulation and hurdles for companies. Simplifying the Green Deal must therefore be a priority.

Competence Center Climate & Energy - Study analyses

Here you will find links to our publications that have already been published. We make the latest analyses available exclusively to VDMA member companies via our mailing list.

Presentation of the status report on the German circular economy 2024

The status report of the German circular economy 2024 will be published on January 25.

"CBAM quick fix is absolutely unacceptable!"

Companies are due to submit their reports on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) shortly, although the entire registration process is too hot to handle. Politicians must therefore extend the introductory phase of the reports.

"Stop the impractical EU Supply Chain Directive now!"

Well-intentioned, but badly done: the planned Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive would overburden in particular SMEs in their daily business and lead to European companies withdrawing from many countries.

Feedback from affected companies requested

ECHA is currently working on a proposal to restrict chromium(VI). To this end, it is first collecting information from affected companies and is asking for feedback by 13.02.2024.

World Energy Outlook of the International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook looks at the major strategic trends in the energy sector.

The EU Battery Regulation is coming. What needs to be taken into account?

The second online information event this year on the new legal requirements for batteries took place on December 4, 2023. Find out more here.

EU proposal to prevent the release of plastic pellets

The EU Commission has published a proposal for a regulation on preventing the release of plastic pellets. This can be commented on until January 17, 2024.

EU "Made in Europe" program deals with circular economy

The EU research program "Made in Europe" not only offers a dialogue platform for topics related to Industry 4.0, but also an opportunity to participate in EU projects. One focus here is the circular economy.

„EU Council must pull the emergency brake“

The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) would be the next nail in the coffin for the international competitiveness of the industry. The EU Council of Ministers is therefore called upon to pull the emergency brake.

EU Innovation Fund: support for cleantech manufacturing

The "Innovation Fund" is the EU's flagship instrument for promoting climate protection innovations. The current call offers 4 billion euros for climate protection projects - 1.4 billion of which for "cleantech manufacturing".

"Global community remains capable of acting on climate protection"

The parties to the Paris Climate Agreement have committed to a faster expansion of renewable energies. The moment of truth will come at the beginning of 2025, when it will become clear whether the Paris Agreement system is still viable.

VDMA takes part in a consultation of the EU-Commission

VDMA has taken part in a consultation on reporting requirements. The efforts to reduce the bureaucratic burden are positive, but there is still a lot to do.

PFAS regulatory activities worldwide

The EU's planned blanket ban on around 10,000 PFAS substances has received a lot of attention - but what PFAS regulatory activities are currently being discussed worldwide?

Use of sulphamic acid in the industry: survey until 05.01.2024

Sulfamic acid has been identified as a trace substance at German level. Source-oriented measures to reduce inputs into water bodies are now to be developed as part of a round table.

PresenceERFA "Climate-neutral production in mechanical and plant engineering"

The theory and practice of climate-neutral production in mechanical and plant engineering was discussed at a joint event of VDMA Austria and VDMA Bavaria at INNIO Jenbacher in Tyrol on October 24, 2023.

"Getting serious in the fight against climate change"

In the fight against climate change, stronger agreements than previously expected must be reached at the COP28 conference. The mechanical and plant engineering industry has the technical solutions and expertise needed to achieve the targets.

"Managing climate risks becomes a competitive advantage"

Climate change is also having an impact on business models in mechanical and plant engineering. Many companies are therefore actively managing climate-related risks and opportunities and see this as a competitive advantage.

New WEEE brochure now available

The new brochure was created by the VDMA in cooperation with the companies Assent Compliance & 1ccc a WEEE. The PDF can be downloaded here.

"A gift for non-European competitors"

The planned EU supply chain law would overburden small and medium-sized companies and would not help in the fight against child labor. The EU should learn from the experience with the German supply chain law and make its law more manageable.

Pharmaceutical and cosmetic machines: new challenges in the future

In pharmaceutical companies, the need for fast, lean processes is increasing. In this context, digitization can help shorten market entry times, while maintaining and even improving product quality. However, players must also arm themselves against threats.

Gas supply 2023/2024

On 9.11.2023, the Competence Center Climate & Energy hosted an online information event on the current security of natural gas supply in the coming winter of 2023/2024.

"Reducing the electricity tax is a correct and effective measure"

The German government is relieving the burden on all manufacturing companies by reducing the electricity tax. Such a tax reduction will have a direct impact and will be felt across the board in industry.

Legal requirements

Legal requirements
CSRD: CSR reports become mandatory for all non-SMEs!

The revised CSR Directive significantly expands the user group: in Germany from currently around 500 to 15,000 companies! The final reporting standard is now also available.

EU Commission with ambitious circular economy package

"Closing the loop" is the motto of the EU Commission's comprehensive circular economy package. It aims to do much more than just save a little bit of resources and recycle a little bit more.

Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

The European Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Regulation aims to define what environmentally sustainable economic activities are and thus create a standardized classification system within the EU.

Business and human rights: Corporate due diligence enshrined in law

The final form of the Corporate Due Diligence Directive (CS3D) will be negotiated at EU level in 2023. In Germany, the Bundestag has already passed a Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) in 2021.

EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

Binding due diligence obligations have applied to importers of conflict minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from risk areas into the EU since the beginning of 2021.

EU Regulation: Deforestation-free supply chains (EUDR)

On June 30, a new EU regulation came into force, which was adopted in response to the urgent challenges of climate change and species protection.

Our expert and focus topics

Our expert and focus topics
PFAS - Indispensable for industrial processes
Industrially indispensable but facing a potential EU ban. Learn more about the reasons and consequences of the impending PFAS ban for machinery and plant engineering on the new VDMA expert topic page.
Blue Competence
Twelve guiding principles summarise the requirements for sustainability in a clear formula. The VDMA's "Blue Competence" initiative presents solutions from the mechanical and plant engineering industry.
Go For Green Tech!
The mechanical and plant engineering sector is an enabler for climate protection and resource efficiency. The VDMA initiative "Go For Green Tech!" shows successful examples from practice.
Climate-Neutral Production
Companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector must also set out on the path to climate neutrality. The VDMA's "Climate-neutral production" initiative provides support.
Green Deal
With the "Green Deal", the European Commission has presented a far-reaching program for more climate and environmental protection in the EU in 2019. The central goal is to become climate neutral by 2050, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990 emission levels and to further promote the circular economy in Europe.
Sustainability Management
Whether climate protection targets, suitability for grandchildren or human rights due diligence obligations - sustainability is on everyone's lips and the expectations on companies to act responsibly are constantly increasing.
Circular Economy
The more people live on earth, the greater the demand for resources, the mountains of waste and the emission of climate gases are likely to become. In the future, it will no longer be enough to make raw material extraction and material processing more efficient.
Substance Policy
Substance policy deals with the regulation of substances and the obligations associated with them. In the area of product-related environmental protection, such as the REACH Regulation or the RoHS Directive, substances used in products must not be hazardous.
International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV)
The International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV) is developed by the PV industry for the PV industry. Twice a year, data is collected from the contributors and processed anonymously as well as evaluated by the VDMA. Participation is free of charge.
Sustainable Processing and Packaging
With the Sustainable Processing and Packaging initiative, the VDMA wants to make a contribution to objectifying the discussion about packaging. In addition, we would like to highlight the many facets of sustainability, in both processing and packaging technology.
Battery Production
Electromobility and battery production are gaining ground worldwide, and this is just the beginning. To make the right decisions early and be competitive, it is essential to have your finger on the pulse of innovative production solutions.
Hydrogen Economy
The use of hydrogen offers enormous potential towards decarbonizing industries and achieving climate neutrality. Through the use of hydrogen and power-to-X (P2X), new value chains are emerging ranging from renewable energy plants, process engineering and components all the way to applications.

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“The focus on a decarbonized and at the same time competitive manufacturing industry is an important signal for the mechanical and plant engineering sector, as our industry provides the key technologies to achieve this target.”

Thilo Brodtmann, Executive Director of VDMA

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of all biological waste accepted at waste disposal facilities was recycled in 2020. In total, private households in Germany composted around 2.6 million metric tons of biowaste in 2020. From this, biological waste treatment plants produced, among other things, 4.8 million metric tons of specification compost and 746.6 million cubic meters of biogas.

Source: Federal Statistical Office (Destatis)

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CSRD: CSR reports mandatory for all non-SMEs in future!
    The sustainability reporting obligation applies to companies that fulfil two of the following three size criteria:
  • Balance sheet total of at least EUR 20 million
  • Net sales of at least EUR 40 million
  • VDMA representsAt least 250 employees



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  • Digitalization & Industrie 4.0

Experience the technologies that our industry is using to drive the digital transformation and decarbonization at Hannover Messe 2024! Over 4,000 companies will present pioneering solutions from mechanical and plant engineering, the electrical and digital industries and the energy sector. Numerous dialog formats with representatives from politics, industry, science, media and society will present and discuss challenges and solutions for the intelligent and carbon-neutral production of tomorrow.

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Unsere Leistungen

Unsere Leistungen
FAQ on the subject of substance policy
Our FAQ provides answers to all important questions on the subject of "European substance law"
Climate-neutral production Guide
Our guideline demonstrates how you can produce in a climate-neutral way and implement reporting on the supply chain.
VDMA Database Technical Regulations (DaTeR)
Technical market access conditions, Japan RoHS or Korea REACH: In the VDMA-DaTeR you will find international regulatory guidelines and information from more than 70 countries.
Stay up to date: our newsletters on this topic
Subscribe now: The VDMA Newsletter Technology, Environment and Sustainability and the VDMA Newsletter Forum Climate and Energy provide information on all important innovations in the field of energy and sustainability on a regular basis.
CSR-Management: Software Offer in Cooperation with the VDMA
In cooperation with the sustainability startup Verso, we are offering you a software-based controlling and reporting tool with which you can control your company's internal CSR management.
Substance Policy Working Group
The Substance Policy working group is concerned with all questions relating to the topic of substance regulations and the obligations they entail for the mechanical and plant engineering sector. Among others, the CLP Regulation, the REACH Regulation, the POP Regulation and the RoHS Directive play an important role.
Corporate Responsibility Working Group
The working group addresses strategic issues of sustainability and ecosocially responsible corporate management.
Working Group Industry Dialogue Human Rights
The German government is launching a company survey ("monitoring") on the subject of human rights. The VDMA expects this to set the course for future specifications. It is therefore essential for as many companies as possible to participate!



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