News Digest Item
08 Aug 2016

Small and medium-sized companies are “energiewende’s real backbone”


While major corporations like E.ON, Volkswagen and Siemens may come to mind when discussing Germany’s energy transition, the real champions behind the country’s ambitious plans are its 3.67 million small and medium-sized enterprises, Roy L Hales writes in the ECOreport. The companies, most of which are family owned and managed, make up 99.6 percent of all German firms and employ nearly 80 percent all employees in the country. Germany’s SMEs are also behind the country’s consistent domination of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) scorecard, obtaining firsts in the “National Efforts,” “Buildings” and “Industry” categories.

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