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The German environmental technology industry has an internationally leading position, particularly in the fields of air pollution control, noise mitigation and recycling. Germany's share in the global export of so-called potential environmental protection goods was as high as 19% in 2003. The demand for innovative environmental technology and planning expertise from Germany is continuously increasing throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
Even today, 1.5 million people have jobs in companies that develop environmental technologies. Germany is one of Europe's leading countries when it comes to R&D expenditure in environmental technologies. With 23% of all patent applications in the field of environmental protection, Germany outperforms both the USA (22%) and Japan (19%).