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Germany is an export-oriented nation with a strong manufacturing industry and well established eco-innovation areas and markets. Since 2013 the Germany’s performance in the Eco-innovation Scoreboard has dropped by one place and ranks fourth in 2014-2015. This is mainly attributed to a downshift in the socio-economic and resource efficiency outcomes. Germany performs particularly well in the subcategories eco-innovation patents and exports of products from eco-industries.

With respect to a circular economy, Germany is characterised by very good waste infrastructures and recycling rates. The present focus on technical waste management and end-of-life measures is simultaneously signalling further demand for innovative waste instruments at the interface of material cycles and new business models. A first step was taken by introducing the Waste Prevention Programme in 2013. A strengthening of the regulatory framework and a better alignment of responsibilities, competencies and approaches towards a circular economy seem important for the increase of secondary input rates and a closing of the loops. The demand for high-tech and waste technologies is expected to remain high in the world and–as one of the market leaders– Germany has a strong standing in exporting innovative waste management solutions.

The German green tech sector is expected to further develop dynamically. The early implementation of the Renewables Energies Act (in 1991) and the introduction of the German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess) in 2012 serve as important and drivers for energy and resource efficiency, eco-innovation and the energy transition in Germany.

The framework conditions for innovation are generally well developed and include both supply and demand-side instruments while there is a pronounced reliance on voluntary and informational approaches at the consumption side. An eco-innovation action plan is under development. Nevertheless, Germany will probably not meet its sustainable development strategy targets for raw material and energy productivity, energy consumption, biodiversity, land use, mobility and farming .

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for Germany

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Energy efficient circulating pumps for heating systems

Improved circulating pumps consume up to 80% less electricity than conventional models. By combining electronically optimised motors with an improved impeller design, the efficiency can be enhanced from at best 24% to 40% A frequency converter enables a pump regulation adapted to different capacities and applications, which leads to further energy savings.

Barriers and Drivers

Barriers:
- high manufacturing costs
- installations contractor or boiler manufacturer decide on pump referring to product price not life-cycle costs
- cannot be installed afterwards
Drivers:
- increasing fuel costs
- more than 100 million circulators in EU27 - about 2 million in Germany annually need repair or replacement
- KfW-Bankengruppe supports anticipated replacement

Economic Performance

The initiatial costs of around 300 EUR amortise within only two years in a single family dwelling through energy savings. During an average life-span of circulator, savings up to 500 EUR can be achieved.
Innovative circulating pumps have good prospects in the export market and provide competitive adavantages for the European pump industry. The dependence on foreign energy sources and the effects of price fluctuations in international energy markets decline.

Social Performance

Energy savings loweercost of housing and leave tenants with more spending money in the purse. Optimised pumps are less noisy due to the frequency converter.

Environmental Impact

A new pump consumes up to 80% less energy compared to conventional models. Implementing this new energy saving pump technnology as European standard for circulators would save more than 60% of the circular annual electricity use, that is more than 30TWh. These savings amount to CO2-reductions of more than 15 million tons per year.

Further Information

www.biral.de

www.grundfos.com

www.wilo.com

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