Visit to RENTworking lunch and interview with Robert Habeck
On his arrival in Berlin, the Minister of Economy was welcomed by Jean-Paul Senninger, Luxembourg’s Ambassador to Germany, and Cindy Tereba, Director of International Affairs of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and former Secretary General of Business club Luxemburg-Deutschland, from launch to September 2019.
The working visit began with a visit to RE-NT/WeDress Collective, a start-up created in 2018 active in the sharing economy, which aims to transform the fashion industry into a zero-waste industry through the establishment of a clothing rental and lending platform. With its technology to store information about the material composition and design processes of the articles, the processes of rental, resale and recycling of clothes are facilitated for the manufacturers, retailers as well as for the final consumers.
The minister was then expected at the embassy for a working lunch with Luxembourg’s Honorary Consuls in Germany in the presence of several BCLD representatives and Carlo Thelen, CEO of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and Honorary President of the BCLD. During lunch, after taking stock of the economic situation in Luxembourg and the subsequent crises since he took office, Economy Minister Franz Fayot launched an appeal to speed up the green transition and the digital economy thanks to the implementation of new business models (circular economy, sharing economy, social innovation). Carlo Thelen also spoke about the problems associated with the energy crisis and the ways to overcome it, focusing more specifically on the circular economy.
Afterwards, Economy Minister Franz Fayot met with Robert Habeck, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economy and Climate Protection. The implementation of the TCF’s temporary crisis framework (Temporary crisis framework) created at European level and aimed at creating a framework for support mechanisms aimed at offsetting the increase in energy prices for businesses was at the heart of their discussions. The ministers also exchanged views on the gas supply difficulties faced by the industry as well as the labor shortages faced by the two countries. Together, the ministers also discussed some of the projects carried out jointly between Luxembourg and Germany, especially within cloud and decarbonisation of industry. They also agreed on the importance of introducing new indicators to measure the well-being of the population, Germany, like Luxembourg, has introduced a “well-being GDP”.
Presentation and meeting with several member companies inImpact Hub Berlin
At the end of this interview, the Minister of Economy could attend a presentation byImpact Hub Berlin, installed within CRCLR house.
The CRCLR House is an affordable newly built building from recycled materials with the aim of providing a creative workspace for the growing circular economy community in Berlin. In November 2021, Impact Hub Berlin took over CRCLR’s premises.
Impact Hub Berlin is one of 100 Impact hubs in 60 countries worldwide (including 7 in Germany alone) and includes 24,000 members. A collaborative space and incubator for innovation, it brings together under one roof a community of change makers stimulated by a collaborative ecosystem of innovators and united by the deep belief that the entrepreneurial spirit can change the world. Community members strive to build socially, environmentally and economically sustainable businesses to shape a better future for people and the planet.
The minister was able to meet with 4 start-ups installed in the hub’s infrastructure:
- LXSY: an architectural firm that focuses on human-centered design and promotes social and ecological sustainability and neighborhood integrity in all phases of the projects it undertakes;
- Concular: actively optimizes the carbon footprint and the residual value of materials by implementing circularity throughout the life cycle of buildings;
- Made of air: manufactures low-carbon materials that can transform mobility products, consumer goods and the environment;
- And Skyseed: which, with the help of drones and seed pellets, participates in the replanting and deforestation of forests, by storing CO2 sustainably and ensuring the preservation of biodiversity.
The gala evening for the 10th anniversary of the Business Club Luxemburg-Deutschland
The day ended with a gala dinner organized in honor of the 10th anniversary of Business club Luxemburg-Deutschland (BCLD).
Officially established in July 2012 and sponsored by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and the Luxembourg Embassy in Berlin, BCLD is a network of entrepreneurs established in Germany, targeting both German companies already active in the Luxembourg market or interested in expanding their activities in the Grand Duchy and to Luxembourg companies that are already present on the German market or are in the process of expanding into Germany. The founding members of the club include ArcelorMittal, Enovos Deutschland, Kühne + Nagel, Luxair Cargo Deutschland and Paul Wurth. Today, BCLD has almost 100 members.
After a short speech by Axel Gränitz, President and CEO of Polygon Group and Acting President of BCLD, HRH the Hereditary Grand Duke gave a speech in which he looked back on the first ten years of BCLD and highlighted the success of initiatives launched in 2012 after the state visit of the sovereign of Luxembourg to the Federal Republic of Germany. The Hereditary Grand Duke did not fail to emphasize how important the Luxembourg-German friendship is in the current context of successive deep crises.
Economy Minister Franz Fayot agreed, while mentioning a wide range of areas of cooperation between the two countries, especially in the space sector, health technologies, information technologies and the circular economy. In addition to being Luxembourg’s leading trading partner, a large number of industries originating from Germany are established in Luxembourg and active in various fields, such as Dussmann, Cosmolux, Webasto and Vossloh Cogifer Kihn.
The minister said: “It is an honor to be able to celebrate 10 years with the Business Club Luxemburg-Deutschland, which over ten years has made a significant contribution to strengthening the bilateral relations between our two countries. Germany is an important partner. for Luxembourg in many areas. In the turbulent times we are currently experiencing, it is essential to surround ourselves with reliable partners, which is why the German-Luxembourg friendship and the mutual trust we carry are all the more important today.”
The academic session was concluded with a speech by Franziska Brantner, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection in Germany.
Communicated by the Ministry of Economy