Green Economy

Sustainable, decarbonized, circular.

These are core traits of the green economy, a future-proof and sustainable economic system. It unites ecological solutions with economic opportunities, while protecting natural resources and the environment.

Yet the transformation process towards a green economy does not only produce winners. Hence, opportunities must be highlighted, incentives created, achievements perpetuated and old habits overcome – while making sure everyone is involved.

Cross-sectional environmental economy

The environmental economy is a key element of the green economy. It unites technical solutions and services with environmental benefits. It includes businesses from many fields: from wastewater treatment and waste management to environmentally friendly mobility, raw material efficiency, renewable energies and innovative forms of agriculture.

Resource efficiency and the circular economy

The linear economic model is not sustainable and destroys the foundation on which it is built. The remedy:  a transformation towards a circular economy in which the value and finite nature of resources are recognized. This path towards a sustainable economy is a challenge to everyone: Scientists, product designers, industry and waste management, and last but not least, consumers. Our task is to show the potential of this development and to make both its opportunities and challenges tangible and comprehensible.

Green Economy: A selection of our services

Modeling of Developmental Dynamics

We analyze the socio-economic importance and developmental dynamics of green markets based on the tried and tested model Envigos.

Analyses of International Markets

We examine trade flows, sales markets and global competition for green technologies.

Patent Analyses, Research Data and Web Crawling

Based on patent analyses, research data and web crawling we shed light on innovation activities and research expertise.

Start-up Scene

Through analyses of company databases and start-up networks, we provide insight into start-up processes.

Big Data

By using big data, applied to for instance job market analyses, we make potentials for digitization and challenges for green markets measurable.

Smart Networking

Through smart networking we establish connections in the multi-facetted landscape of players and thematic areas within the green economy.


Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

DG REGIO – Evaluation of the European Green Deal

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How effective has the EU cohesion policy been in driving green change in Europe? This and other questions are being investigated jointly with COWI, Milieu, and CSIL, on behalf of the European Commission (DG REGIO).

Webinar: Monitoring the Transition to Circular Economy

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Jannis Lambert and Tim Bichlmeier talk about monitoring concepts for the Circular Economy and present a self-assessment tool.

Dutch Circular Economy Week: Workshop on circular business models

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Greta Dekker presents the work of the Green Economy Network (KNUW) and introduces participants to circular business models using a learning game.

Green finance's contribution to achieving climate neutrality in Germany

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What is the public share of climate protection investment? An investigation for the KfW.

Circular economy potential for rural development

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Equal living conditions in the city and in the country are a federal government goal. We are looking into how the circular economy can contribute to this for the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Construction (BMWSB).

Accompanying the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative

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The CCRI focuses on the implementation of a circular economy in European cities and regions. Prognos is supporting the initiative as a project partner in the associated Coordination and Support Office.

Economic aspects of the circular economy

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Analysis of circular economy, climate change mitigation and adaptation as economic sectors.

Status Report on Germany’s Closed-Loop Economy 2020

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The "Status Report on Germany’s Closed-Loop Economy 2020" provides an up-to-date overview of the sector's activities, economic relevance and future challenges.

Green Finance's contribution on the way to climate neutrality

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On the way to climate neutrality, green finance gains importance. For the first time, the total climate protection investments required to achieve the climate targets in Germany have been quantified by Prognos.

Green Economy Network.NRW

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Prognos has been involved in the Green Economy Network.NRW (KNUW) since 2017. It offers players in the environmental industry a platform for exchange and strengthens the market oppor-tunities of companies from NRW.

Do you have questions?

Your contact at Prognos

Oliver Lühr

Vice Director, Head of Environmental, Circular Economy and Climate Change

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Jannis Lambert

Senior Project Manager

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