The environmental technology segment in the Munich Metropolitan Region concentrates essentially on water and wastewater management, air purity, waste management, recycling and the generation of power from renewable sources such as solar energy, hydropower, biomass and geothermal energy. At the same time, environmental management is becoming an increasingly important topic for businesses in all industries. Around 2,000 mostly medium-sized environmental technology companies in the Munich Metropolitan Region provide products and services ranging from planning, development and engineering to full-scale plant engineering on international markets.
The Augsburg region is Bavaria's official environmental competence center. The presence of about 300 companies, coupled with an exceptional concentration of knowledge and expertise, makes this one of Germany's leading locations for the development of environmental technology. It is no coincidence that the KUMAS Center of Competence in Environmental Affairs, the Bavaria-wide network and port of call for environmental expertise, is based in Augsburg.
Many widely differing environmental technology competencies are very well represented in the Munich Metropolitan Region. Examples include environmental education, environmental economics and
sustainable management, environmental medicine and biotechnology, renewable energy and the environmentally friendly management of transportation and logistics. Trade fairs for environmental and waste disposal topics, numerous congresses and symposiums and a host of relevant networks and competence centers all give environmental technology firms in southern Bavaria a sharper competitive edge and boost their export capabilities. The region's large number of research institutes and universities lays a solid scientific foundation for these activities, driving innovation and fueling a constant stream of fresh ideas.
In energy technology in general and power generation in particular, the Munich Metropolitan Region likewise plays a prominent role both nationally and internationally. Hydropower currently dominates the region's generation of power from renewable sources, while more and more use is also being made of biomass, photovoltaic systems, wind power and geothermal energy. Roughly half of the solar power used in Germany, for example, is generated in the Munich Metropolitan Region.
Major power plant providers (such as Siemens Power Generation, MTU Aero Engines, Linde and Kraftanlagen München) are based in the Munich Metropolitan Region, as are numerous suppliers and important producers of solar cells and silicon (including AVANCIS GmbH & Co. KG, CENTROSOLAR Group AG, SolarTec AG and Wacker Chemie GmbH).
A number of universities provide courses focused on areas such as renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, while non-university institutes and research organizations deliver excellent training and development opportunities in the field of energy technology.