“The energy transition means not only major challenges for Hamburg’s economy, but also offers many opportunitie“s, comments Fritz Horst Melsheimer, president of the Hamburg chamber of commerce, on the energy transition monitor. In the company survey of 80 member companies, the Hamburg chamber of commerce evaluates the impact of the energy transition considerably better than the national average. In a rating ranging from -100 (effects are all “very negative” rating) to +100 (all “very positive”), Hamburg economy evaluates the changes at “plus 2.5”, compared to the national average of “minus 12.8”. Hamburg, is thus the German state with the most optimistic estimates.
Increased energy efficiency
Since the beginning of the annual monitoring in 2012, this assessment has improved steadily. However, the survey also reveals the dark side of development. For 60 per cent of the surveyed companies, electricity prices have risen in the past twelve months, while only six per cent said these were dropped. The most positive change by the energy transition, however, was the increased energy efficiency, in particular through information and training of employees. The Hamburg chamber of commerce suppports this project by the a proof advice of the “Chamber of Commerce-energy pilot” and with the training course “European Energy Manager” offered to its members.
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