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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Concepts for the circular economy

The circular economy is seen as the central solution in the fight against the global waste problem and dwindling raw materials. But how can it be implemented and what is important?

VDMA supports on the way to climate-neutral production

Climate-neutral production is a challenge along the entire value chain and occupies many companies. For this reason, the VDMA has now published a practical guide for the mechanical and plant engineering sector.

Difficult matter

Numerous directives and ordinances regulate in detail which substances are to be avoided or reported. But the requirements are complex and often difficult to implement in practice.

Successful integration of renewable energies into the electricity system

Fewer power outages: The Federal Network Agency has published figures for supply interruptions in Germany in 2019

Energy carrier of the future?

The use of hydrogen offers enormous potential on the way to defossilization and climate neutrality. At the same time, new value chains are emerging with hydrogen and power-to-X.

National Business and Human Rights Action Plan (NAP)

The German federal government examines the extent to which companies based in Germany comply with their human rights due diligence obligations. Decisions on further legal steps are dependent on this.

Market outlook in the onshore and offshore wind energy industry

Wind energy is seen as a key player in the energy transition and the green economic recovery after COVID-19, but the political framework is holding back German suppliers.

Sustainable packaging

Interview with Peter Lökös, Vice President Sales at Rovema, about sustainable packaging solutions, whose range Rovema has been consistently expanding for years.

No climate protection without energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is not only a mandatory prerequisite for the energy turnaround planned throughout the EU, but also an important driver of innovation and a benchmark for future competitiveness.

Climate-neutral and energy-efficient buildings - Is there anything left?

The Building Energy Act GEG, which has been in force since November 2020, does not seem sufficiently ambitious with regard to the defined climate targets. Where do we go from here?

No future without sustainability

Sustainability has long been considered a decisive factor in global competition. This makes it all the more important to have a clear strategy for implementing current sustainability requirements.

Blue Competence

With the Blue Competence initiative, the VDMA promotes the development and implementation of sustainable solutions in plant and mechanical engineering. Ecology, economy and social action go hand in hand.

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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.

One year later - one year greener?

Green Deal: The VDMA European Office takes a look at some of the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.

Threat or opportunity for mechanical and plant engineering?

The EU's Taxonomy Regulation makes it more difficult for mechanical and plant engineering companies to access financing for the development of energy-efficient technologies of the future - but it also offers opportunities.

National Business and Human Rights Action Plan (NAP)

The German federal government examines the extent to which companies based in Germany comply with their human rights due diligence obligations. Decisions on further legal steps are dependent on this.

EU Regulation: Due Diligence on Conflict Minerals

Since the beginning of 2021, importers of conflict minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from risk areas into the EU are subject to mandatory due diligence requirements.

CSR-RUG / CSR Directive under revision

The directive obliges certain companies in the EU to disclose non-financial aspects in or in addition to their annual report. This directive is currently under revision until 2021.

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"In our view, the existing gap to achieving national climate targets can only be closed through market-based approaches."

Karl Haeusgen, VDMA President

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Percent of German businesses

expect to be able to expand into new areas of business in the course of the energy transition.

Source: VDMA Energy Transition Barometer 2019

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EU - renovation wave
    A summary of the most important measures:
  • Mandatory minimum standards for overall energy efficiency are to be proposed by the end of 2021
  • Digital facility logs are expected to improve conditions enabling gradual renovation
  • Proposals for an EED revision set to be available by June 2021

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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.
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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!


Sustainability & Energy Committee
VDMA-Ausschuss Umweltpolitik

The VDMA Environmental Policy Committee deals with environmental policy issues for the mechanical and plant engineering industry. These include, among others, the topics of recycling management, product-related environmental protection, operational environmental protection and sustainability. The committee deals with European and national as well as international topics. In addition to the transfer of knowledge and environmental policy news, it is also concerned with the preparation of statements. The committee meets twice a year and the number of seats is limited.


Stefanie Grubert

Bosch Rexroth AG


Brückner, Sarah Dr.

Sustainability & Energy Committee
Ausschuss Klima- und Energiepolitik
The Committee's areas of responsibility are in particular: - issues relating to climate and energy policy in general - Questions concerning the political framework conditions for the fields of energy conversion and energy efficiency in particular In doing so, the committee takes both an outward (politics, ministries, BDI, public, etc.) and an inward (VDMA organization) perspective of the tasks.


Daniel Chatterjee

MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH


Zelinger, Matthias

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