Sustainable energy supply and resource management

Current profile

The field of innovation “Sustainable energy supply and resource management” comprises industrial activities in the fields of renewable energies, regional energy-supply strategies, energy storage, as well as resource management and recycling.  Numerous players in the economy are active in the fields of product manufacturing and plant engineering as well as in the services sector, occupying special niches or offering a broad portfolio of services as market leaders and/or technology leaders.

A landscape of outstanding academic and extra-mural research institutions along with its highly effective networking and consultancy structures offers ideal conditions for knowledge sharing that bridges the gap between research and practical application.  This in turn lays the groundwork for developing the technologies of the future.

Key economic data for this field of innovation:

•    Turnover: € 9,258,505,000
•    Number of operations: 6,527
•    Size of the workforce (employees subject to compulsory social insurance contributions): 42,239

Source: based on TLS data (data for 2019) 


The social challenges arising from progressive climate change and the increasing scarcity of resources are particularly important factors for the field of innovation “Sustainable energy supply and resource management.”  These challenges dictate the need to develop new strategies and technologies to reduce CO2 emissions, to organize the transition of society away from the use of greenhouse gases, and to increase the number of pathways along which resources can be recycled.

As they tackle these challenges, the Thuringian stakeholders in this field of specialization can draw on a multitude of specific competences in individual spheres of activity (energy generation, transport and storage; energy efficiency and conservation; resource efficiency, materials cycles and water management; as well as bioeconomics); the use and enhancement of these competences will serve to further strengthen this particular field of innovation.  In this context, there are not only numerous points of contact between individual competences within the field of innovation itself, but also various interfaces with Thuringia’s other fields of innovation.

Thuringia boasts a number of useful strengths when it comes to the potential enhancement of existing competences in this particular field of innovation:

  • A strong research and innovation landscape, particularly when it comes to energy-storage systems, systems/modeling expertise or the development of materials and technologies in the energy sector.  
  • A high-performing local industry, e.g. in photovoltaics and bioenergy as well as in process engineering and recycling technology;
  • Innovative solutions for in-building photovoltaics, e.g. in tandem with the region’s innovative glass industry;
  • Projects and institutions for industry-wide networking as well as across sectors.  

Vision and strategic objectives

The vision defined by the Innovation Strategy together with the strategic objectives form the basis on which this particular Working Group operates.

Thuringia – efficient in all matters energy, raw materials, and recycling.  More regionally sourced added value, generated by renewable energies, and greater energy and resource efficiency achieved through smart systems management.

  • Thuringia is boosting its competitiveness by emphasizing sustainability, energy-efficient processes, resource conservation, and innovative products;
  • Thuringia is forming an effective partnership between industry and research in the field of sustainable energy systems and resource management, generating national and international spillover benefits;
  • Thuringia is forming an effective partnership between industry and research in the field of reusable materials and recycling management, generating supra-regional spillover benefits.  Thuringia is becoming a leader in the treatment of wastes and as a purchaser of recycled materials; 
  • By carrying out benchmark projects, Thuringia is becoming a pioneering, model region for energy and resource efficiency in the sector of small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs);
  • Thuringia is realizing its multifaceted bio-economic potentials, from the industrial use of renewable energies (particularly ones sourced locally) to biogenic waste treatment.


[Translate to Englisch:] Michael Bär

Dr. Michael Bär

Specialization sustainable energy supply and resource management

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99084 Erfurt

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