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.

Ein Mann trägt einen Schutzhelm und arbeitet an Solarpanelen

Green Economy Report North Rhine-Westphalia 2020

| Project

North Rhine-Westphalia continues to be the leading federal state in the environmental economy. This is shown in the new Environmental Economy Report NRW 2020.

Großer 1000 Tonnen Kran demontiert an einem sonnigen Tag mit Industriekletterern ein Windrad.

EU’s Global Leadership in Renewables

| Project

Prognos, together with COWI, CEPS, and Capgemini invent, examines Europe's position and competitiveness in global renewable energy value chains.

Mädchen trägt eine Tonne mit Recyclingsymbol

CIRCTER – Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

| Project

An investigation into the economic structure of the regional Circular Economy in Europe.

Zwei Ingenieure stehen auf einem Feld mit Windkraftanlage

Jobwende – Effects of the Energiewende on Work and Employment

| Project

On behalf of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Prognos examined the importance of the energy transition for future employment in Germany.

Vogelperspektive auf einen kleinen Pfad in einem Wald

Analysis of climate paths in the transport sector 2030

| Project

On behalf of BDI and BCG, Prognos has analysed how Germany can achieve its climate protection targets for 2030 in the transport sector. The result: decisive changes are needed.

Vogelperspektive auf einen kleinen Pfad in einem Wald

Climate Path for Germany

| Project

How can Germany reach its 2050 climate goals - and under what conditions is that possible? Those are the questions addressed by a study for the Association of German Industry (BDI).

Luftaufnahme einer Windkraftanlage bei der Installationvder Rotorblätter

Green Economy Report North Rhine-Westphalia 2017

| Project

North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's largest provider of environmental products and services. The sector generated around 28 billion euros in 2015 - more than six percent of the state's gross value added.

Do you have questions?

Your contact at Prognos

Oliver Lühr

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

View profile

Jannis Lambert

Project Manager

View profile

About us

Prognos – Providing Orientation.

Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

Learn more