Industry in NRW employs around 1.4 million people
Approximately 1,370,000 men and women work in the manufacturing sector in North Rhine-Westphalia – that’s just under a quarter of all employees subject to mandatory social insurance contributions in our federal state. This makes industry the largest employer in North Rhine-Westphalia.
More than 10,000 industrial enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia is home to 10,289 industrial enterprises. They include the sectors of engineering, the chemical, metal, food and feed industries, as well as motor vehicles and their components, metal products, electrical equipment, rubber and plastic goods, glass, glassware, ceramics and the paper industry.
Fields for action in the industrial sector
North Rhine-Westphalia’s climate protection plan outlines four fields of action in which production enterprises in trade/industry can achieve their climate protection targets: increasing energy and resource efficiency, switching to new energy sources, reducing process-related emissions and designing their product portfolios to reduce their environmental impact.
(Source: NRW climate protection plan)
Jobs in the non-metallic minerals processing industry
In 2018, 14,357 workers were employed in North Rhine-Westphalia’s mining industry and the extraction of non-metallic minerals.
Primary energy consumption by industry in North Rhine-Westphalia
While the primary energy consumption by industry in North Rhine-Westphalia was still 3,967.5 petajoules in 1990, it had already increased to 4,278.3 petajoules in 2014.
Jobs in the metal industry
The metal and metal products industries in North Rhine-Westphalia recorded a combined total of 288,298 jobs in 2018.
Jobs in the glass industry
A total of 33,163 jobs were attributed to the glass, glassware and ceramics industries in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2018.
jobs in further areas are secured by every job in the energy-intensive raw materials production
Every job in the energy-intensive raw materials production sector secures around two further jobs in other branches of industry and in the service sector, since it supplies crucial basic material for the subsequent stages of the value chain.
(Source: NRW energy supply strategy)
NRW’s industrial sector cut CO2e* emissions by 40 million tons
The industrial sector in North Rhine-Westphalia has already decreased its annual CO2e emissions by around 40 million tons – from 94.3 million tons in 1990 to 54.4 million tons in 2016. This corresponds to a reduction of more than 42 per cent.
(Source: Greenhouse Gas Inventory, LANUV)
*CO2e equivalents (CO2e) are a unit of measurement to unificate the climate impacts of the different kinds of greenhouse gas
Jobs in energy-intensive industries
Energy-intensive industries in North Rhine-Westphalia employed 461,432 people in 2018.
Jobs in the chemical industry
North Rhine-Westphalia’s chemical industry employed 97,079 people in 2018.
Jobs in the paper industry
The paper industry in North Rhine-Westphalia employed 28,635 people in 2018.
Energy-intensive industry consists of five sectors
A large share of the CO2 emissions produced by industry can be attributed to energy-intensive sectors. In addition to the chemical industry, these include the paper and glass industries as well as the segments of non-metallic minerals, steel and non-ferrous metals.
Fields of action of the energy industry
North Rhine-Westphalia’s climate protection plan defines eight fields of action in which the energy industry can achieve its climate protection targets: developing renewable energies, expanding and consolidating district and local heating systems as well as building supply on a coordinated basis, expanding industrial and cooperative combined heat and power, modernising power plants, establishing system requirements (storage systems and grids), security of supply, enabling system services and grid and storage management via virtual power plants, research and development in the field of climate protection and virtual capacity to meet base load requirements.
(Source: NRW climate protection plan)