Facts & Figures

Lead Market Resource Efficiency

The Resource Efficiency lead market saw an increase of 935 employees (+1.2 %) in 2018, a share of 4.5 % of total employment (78,835 employees). Power generation and distribution showed particular emphasis, accounting for a quarter of all employees.

At a location coefficient of 1.4, the Ruhr Metropolis is heavily specialised in the Resource Efficiency lead market compared to federal levels. Apart from power generation and ‑distribution (location coefficient 1.7), environment and recycling were also above average (location coefficient 1.6).

The growth in employment was also measured in these areas, and also in laboratory, engineering and measuring services (+2.4 %) and associated services (+5.6 %). However, there were decreases in employment in machine and materials manufacturing (-4.7 %) as well as water management (-1.7 %).

In detail

Lead Market Resource Efficiency

78,900 (+1.2%)


6,605 (+1.2%)


79.03 bn. € (+23.2%)


The number of companies increased to 6,605 (+1.2 %) between 2015 and 2016. Increases in power generation and distribution made up for the decline in company numbers in laboratory, engineering, measurement and associated services. Turnover in the Resource Efficiency lead market saw a substantial increase compared to the previous year (+23.2 %). The power generation and distribution (+28 %) and environmental and recycling (+13.2 %) core areas in particular contributed to this sizable sales growth. Apart from that, water management also saw an increase in turnover (+5.0 %). In contrast, associated services (maintenance and trade), laboratory, engineering and measurement services, and machinery and materials manufacturing faced a continuing decline in turnover figures.



The Resource Efficiency lead market faces a major transition in the light of the energy transition. The energy transition aims to achieve a sustainable, economic and secure energy supply by increasing energy efficiency and expanding on renewable energy sources to replace fossil fuels. Smart power grids and new storage concepts play a key role in this. Combined heat and power (CHP) generation is one of the fundamental tools used in increasing energy efficiency; this involves using excess waste heat from production processes to generate power. Interlinking with other lead markets such as Digital Communication will play an essential role in establishing smart grids.



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