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Company climate protection policy: Make it or buy it

Sustainability, environmental protection and climate neutrality are always at the top of the agenda of small and medium-sized enterprises in Germany. This is shown by the empirical study carried out by the Handelsblatt Research Institute (HRI) on behalf of ENGIE with the German Association of Medium-Sized Enterprises (BVMW).

HRI study

"Company climate protection policy: Make it or buy it"


Sustainability has long since become a competitive factor for small and medium-sized enterprises. However, numerous hurdles have to be overcome on the way to a climate-neutral economy. Which measures are the right ones to act sustainably? How and where to start? Is it even realistic to achieve climate neutrality on your own?

The results of the HRI study show: The majority of the small and medium-sized enterprises surveyed consider the goal of climate neutrality (more) as an opportunity and want to push ahead with their own energy modernization. Significantly more than half of the SMEs consider the long-term partnership with external service providers – particularly in the context of contracting models – as a proven means of achieving their climate goals.

Climate neutrality is the central task of our time. The new HRI study shows that small and medium-sized businesses want to lead the way with ambitious goals. Companies are increasingly focusing on energy contracting with external partners such as ENGIE Germany.

Manfred Schmitz, CEO of ENGIE Germany

Do you have any questions or suggestions concerning this topic? Then please contact Astrid Schatz!

Astrid Schatz
Chief Communication Officer
ENGIE Deutschland GmbH