- Online survey of 760 German visitors and exhibitors of electronica
- Majority of respondents are users of digital processes for resource savings, almost half are also providers
- Electronics industry meets in Munich in mid-November
An online survey of German participants of electronica examined sustainability aspects in the electronics industry in the run-up to the fair. This will meet from the 15th to the 18th. November at electronica, the world’s leading trade fair and conference of electronics in Munich. This year, among other things, the focus is on the future vision of an all-electric society based on CO2-neutral energies.
“The results of the electronica trend index impressively underline our trade fair focus: The vast majority of respondents, namely 89 percent, attach great importance to the electrical and digital industry as a pioneer for future topics such as climate protection,” explains Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Managing Director of Messe München. ZVEI President Dr. Gunther Kegel adds: “The majority of respondents use digital processes to save resources and almost half produce products that contribute to climate protection. In order to present these future technologies and exchange ideas on current topics, electronica offers the industry an established platform.”
760 participants of electronica took part in the online survey – visitors and exhibitor representatives from all relevant areas of the industry. Messe München designed the survey together with the Association of the Electrical and Digital Industry (ZVEI) and had it carried out by the independent market research institute IfaD in September 2022.
Electronics industry makes a high contribution to EU climate targets
With the Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, the European Union wants to classify economic activities with regard to their sustainability. The surveyed companies in the electrical and digital industry make a high contribution to taxonomy-compliant environmental goals, especially to climate protection (56 percent) and to the prevention of pollution (55 percent). Above all, the digitization of processes is an important lever for conserving resources (64 percent). Other activities of companies to achieve the environmental goals include the use of recycling and waste management (59 percent) as well as the purchase of green electricity or their own renewable energies (50 percent). After all, almost half of the respondents (48 percent) stated that their company produces products that help users save energy or conserve resources. Although they contribute to this, more than half of the respondents cannot yet assess the EU regulation, 32 percent currently rate it as an opportunity, especially the employees of large companies (from 500 people).
Electromobility not significantly evaluated for climate neutrality
One of the most important measures to achieve climate neutrality in the EU is the vast majority of respondents the expansion of renewable energies (85 percent), followed by investments in research and development (76 percent) and higher energy efficiency (72 percent). Remarkable: Only 28 percent of respondents from the electronics industry see electromobility as an important lever here. The respondents cited bureaucratic hurdles (78 percent) and geopolitical tensions (73 percent) as the biggest obstacles to achieving this climate goal, followed by unclear or contradictory legal framework conditions (58 percent), supply bottlenecks (57 percent) and lack of social acceptance (53 percent).
Reduction of energy costs contributes to competitiveness
Companies must act sustainably in order to remain competitive. Respondents see the greatest opportunity of these measures that a company can thus reduce its energy costs (70 percent). Other important goals are to retain customers in the long term (50 percent), build resilient supply chains (47 percent) and inspire the young generation for industry (44 percent).
Excerpt electronica Trend Index 2022: Importance of the electrical and digital industry as a pioneer for future topics
Excerpt electronica Trend Index 2022: Type of company contribution to achieve climate goals