Protecting the environment and climate with the help of innovative technologies

Project description

Title: Global project: 'Support of the Export Initiative for Environmental Technologies'
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Country: Global and in the target countries: Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Thailand, Ukraine
Lead executing agency: Egypt: Ministry of Environment, Waste Management Regulatory Authority (WMRA), India: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Jordan: Ministry of Environment (MoE), Malaysia: Economic Planning Unit, EPU (previously known as Ministry of Economic Affairs, MEA), Thailand: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Pollution Control Department, Ukraine: Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine (former Ministry of Regional Development, Housing and Municipal Econ-omy of Ukraine)
Overall term: 2019 to 2023

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Innovations in environmental protection and climate change mitigation, in addition to efficient management of resources, provide major opportunities for growth. A progressive environmental policy can promote innovation, training and green transformation. It offers competitive opportunities and also holds substantial potential for relieving pressure on the environment.

Innovative and integrated environmental technologies and market-preparation activities assist in creating conditions for sustainable development. They help protect the environment and resources, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Partner countries face similar challenges in employing environmental technologies. They often have inadequate political, legal and administrative framework conditions, lack technical skills and their markets are largely underdeveloped.


In the partner countries of the export initiative, conducive framework conditions for applying modern environmental and climate protection technologies are established.

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The project is implementing these measures in Jordan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ukraine, India and Egypt, as well as in a global module. Further measures are taking place in coordination with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

In addition, the measures are carried out in cooperation with national German technical cooperation projects. Local staff act as contacts for other export initiative projects which the BMU grant recipient then carries out on-site. Collaboration promotes regular mutual exchange between the projects and generates synergies. The projects are also mainstreamed to a greater extent into the strategies of the target countries.

To this end, the supported projects and measures develop technical and institutional know-how and prepare for the use of environmental and climate change mitigation technologies. The focus is on knowledge transfer, environmental education, raising awareness and capacity building, thus helping these measures establish a circular economy and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The project creates the prerequisites for increasing the demand for innovative technologies, therefore putting sustainable structures in place. It also encourages the use of environmental technologies on a pilot basis. The export initiative complements the work of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to promote foreign trade and the development cooperation work of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The export initiative focuses on knowledge and technology transfer, especially in the BMU´s areas of expertise. This includes the following fields of action – building a circular economy, including waste and raw materials management, resource efficiency, wastewater treatment, sustainable urban and regional development, sustainable consumption, green mobility and air pollution control, as well as climate protection technologies in coordination with BMU’s International Climate Initiative (IKI).


A Ukrainian-German city network has been set up and a city competition was held involving Ukrainian cities.

In a shared innovation process, ‘lab of tomorrow lot 8’ has developed innovative business approaches to reduce plastic waste in Thailand.

A legal framework has been created to introduce a system for extended producer responsibility (EPR) in Jordan. A corresponding article has been incorporated into the Waste Management Act and an industry-financed operator organisation established. 

Modern facilities and optimised operations have been able to increase the energy efficiency of Jordanian wastewater treatment plants by more than 25 per cent. Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 1.44 to 1.14 kilogrammes of CO2 equivalent per cubic metre.

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