Environment Industry

Essen – European Green Capital 2017 and leading location for Environment and Water Management


Essen is one of the most important European locations in the field of environment and water management. The rapid industrialisation of the Ruhr area and the corresponding increase in population was already a problem in the 19th century and placed high demands on Environment and Water Management in the region. As a result, the foundation stone was laid for the professional development of innovative technologies in this branch.

For more than a century, Essen has continued to expand its technical and scientific know-how to find solutions for complex issues which are now being marketed worldwide. Therefore, it is only consistent that the EU has awarded the title "European Green Capital 2017" to the City of Essen.

Not only the leading water management associations "Wasserwirtschaftsverbände Emschergenossenschaft", "Lippeverband" and "Ruhrverband" underline Essen reputation as Germany’s Environment and Water Metropolis. It is also the many small and medium-sized engineering offices, institutions and R&D facilities that have made substantial contributions towards achieving the enormous spectrum of performance in this field. In addition, Essen is also an important location for the "Landesamtes für Natur, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz (LANUV) NRW" (Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection NRW).

The Environment and Water Management located in Essen is bedded in a network of renowned companies and institutions, representing R&D, as well as, providing training and development in the relevant subject areas. Expertise and efficiency provided by facilities such as "BEW - Das Bildungszentrum für die Entsorgungs- und Versorgungswirtschaft GmbH" (Training center for waste disposal and water management), "DMT GmbH & Co. KG", "HdT - Haus der Technik e.V." and the Duisburg-Essen University contribute to the quality and success of Essen’s Environment and Water Management.

Settling your company in Essen means being "center stage". The optimum location in the heart of the metropolis Ruhr with its numerous innovative companies facilitates access to customers and suppliers, networks and business relationships and to the resulting synergy effects.

Your contact person

Dr. Erich Bauch
Energy, Water and Environmental Management / Hydrogen
0201 / 820 24 22
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