Green Skills in German Manufacturing
- For all its perennial focus on traditional industries, Germany has done a remarkable job in greening its manufacturing
- Green skills are quickly gaining prominence
- Automotive manufacturing is leading the way
- Germany is still a hotbed of innovation, but cannot afford to become complacent
Germany is a strong industrial nation with manufacturing contributing significantly to its economy. The country faces challenges including decarbonization, digitalization, and increased competition, especially in the automotive sector. Germany's automotive industry is vital to its economy, contributing around 9% of GDP and employing over 2.5 million people. The industry must adapt to these changes, requiring a skilled workforce with a focus on green technologies. The country has done a remarkable job in greening its manufacturing and green skills are quickly gaining prominence. After all, Germany is still a hotbed of innovation, but cannot afford to become complacent.
Oliver Falck and Akash Kaura: “Green Skills in German Manufacturing,” EconPol Policy Brief 55, September 2023.