Waste-to-energy business opportunities in Bavaria

The relationships forged over the past few years between CAFAP (the Provence arm of the Franco-German Business Club), the German state of Bavaria and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) for Munich and Upper Bavaria were made possible through the partnership framework agreement between the Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur region of France and the Bavarian state of Germany. This agreement paved the way for a two-day meeting in Munich last May offering the opportunity for a French delegation – including representatives from Capenergies and two of its member companies – to meet German counterparts and build business contacts.

The meeting had a central « Waste to Energy » , theme and provided a platform for fruitful discussions on both technical and business matters. Among those present were Jean-Claude Brunet, Consul General of France in Munich; Martin Grossmann, ministerial advisor for the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs; Alexander Lau, Head of European and EEN affairs at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria; Laura Jantz from the Bavarian Environment Cluster; and two representatives from the Fraunhofer Project Group Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS from the prestigious German Fraunhofer research institute.

The first day provided an opportunity for representatives from the clusters, research stakeholders and companies present to gain a comparative overview of the current situation in waste treatment and recovery in Germany and France, with a particular focus on the regions of Bavaria and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The second day involved a visit to a municipal services site in the town of Rosenheim, about an hour away from Munich, to see first-hand their innovative approach to local energy management. Focusing on the main objectives of energy efficiency and flexibility, the site comprises several production facilities: a waste-to-energy plant with flue gas cleaning system; a gas and diesel combined heat and power (CHP) plant; a local thermal energy production plant with urban heating system; a hydro power plant; and a biomass gasification demonstrator.

At the end of the two days, Christine Jobert, CAFAP Director, underlined the importance of ensuring “that Europe’s economic recovery and its future ecosystem relies not only on a strong circular economy, which will help to protect the environment and create jobs, but also on concrete decentralised actions such as those undertaken through regional Franco-German partnerships to create synergies between public and private stakeholders in these regions and take account of local socio-economic factors“.

The Capenergies cluster has been implementing joint actions with CAFAP since 2011 to enable its members to benefit from this important source of information about the German market. Their aim is to identify future opportunities and partnerships in this dynamic marketplace where there is a clear emphasis on the energy transition and developing renewable energies.