Lots of governments talk about decarbonization and renewable resources but few have established the depth of financial backing as Germany.

In a special briefing, “Germany Works.” highlights the broad variety of opportunities awaiting innovative foreign companies hoping to gain a foothold in sectors as diverse as wastewater management, wind-turbine recycling and even hydrogen

Three million people work in 70,000 foreign companies in Germany. You’ll be right at home here, the best place to invest in Europe. The right incentives for investors and the right infrastructure to guarantee a qualified workforce.

An IONITY charging park usually has about six charging points, and, on average, there is no more than about 120 kilometres from one IONITY charging station to the next.

On the flip side, a commitment to environmental sustainability, if linked to genuine industrial expertise, is set the produce the global winners of the future. Germany’s manufacturing strengths and its commitment to electric car ownership are producing a virtuous, and investable, cycle of adoption.

When a machine can seamlessly self-assess its health, contact a parts supplier and arrange for a maintenance update, all without human interaction, it’s clear we have entered the world of Industrie 4.0. A world in which German companies already have a head start.

Energy efficiency is the vital but less widely recognised “twin pillar” in Germany’s energy transition plan, alongside switching to renewable energy sources. The country is committed to the ambitious target of halving energy consumption from its 2008 level by 2050.

Germany has belied its status as a country with the fewest hours of sunshine in the world to become one of the planet’s largest solar power producers. In 2017, Germany ranked fourth globally and accounted for about 10 per cent of the global installed capacity, according to the International Energy Agency.

Germany feels the impact of climate change more commonly than is often realised. Water presents dangers both in its abundance and scarcity. Melting glaciers in the Alps means that large-scale flooding of the Rhine and Mosel rivers is a constant threat. Yet in parts of the former East Germany, there exist regions with less rainfall than on the arid Mediterranean island of Crete, according to the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development.

Germany is Europe’s leader in recycling. At the same time there is still clear room for improvement. The German circular economy has grown strongly in recent years and is expected to continue with a growth of 5.2 per cent per year through to 2025, according to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.