EEW Energy from Waste is a member of various interest groups. Their committees are platforms for representing interests at political levels and for various research areas.


(in alphabetical order)

The Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Management Industry (BDE), with 750 member companies of all sizes, is the strongest interest group representing the private waste, water and water and raw materials management sectors in Germany and Europe. It is committed to ensuring reliable framework conditions.

BDE website

The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) represents the interests of its 1,800 municipal and privately owned member companies in the energy and water sector vis­à­vis policymakers, the expert community, the media and the public. It supports its member companies in all important political, legal, economic, technical and communication issues.

BDEW website

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is the umbrella organisation representing Germany’s industrial and service sectors. It advocates on behalf of 40 trade associations and more than 100,000 companies with around 8 million employees.

BDI website

The Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), founded in 1954, is the professional association for procurers, supply chain and logistics managers in Germany and continental Europe. It represents 9,750 members, ranging from individuals to large companies. Its members procure around €1.25 trillion of goods and services annually, equivalent to more than one-third of Germany’s gross domestic product.

BME website

The German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) offers a network for specialists and managers from the worlds of business, research and local politics who are closely involved with water and waste. It also supports scientific research, compiles relevant information in magazines, books and publications, contributes to standardisation work, acts as a political, economic and scientific adviser, and promotes vocational and further training in water and waste management.

DWA website

German RETech Partnership is a network of German companies and institutions in the waste management and recycling industry for the export of innovative technologies and the transfer of know-how.

German RETech website

ITAD is an association representing the interests of thermal waste treatment plant owners and operators in their relations with the public, policymakers, public authorities and other interest groups. It also supports research projects aimed at optimising thermal waste treatment.

ITAD website

With its vocational and further training offerings, KWS Energy Knowledge eG offers its member firms and other energy companies the opportunity to provide, adapt and expand the occupational qualification of their employees. The offerings include certificate courses, officially recognised training programmes and individually tailored training measures as well as activation measures.

KWS Energy Knowledge eG website

The German Association for Engineering, Industrial Services and Maintenance (VAIS) is an industry and business association that promotes and represents the sector-specific and economic interests of its members.

VAIS website

VGBE is the technical association for power and heat plant operators. Its more than 400 members operate power, heat and cooling plants as well as energy storage and sector coupling all around the world.

VGBE website

The German Association of Industrial Energy Consumers (VIK) represents the interests of roughly 350 industrial and commercial organisations as energy consumers.

VIK website

The German Association of Local Public Utilities (VKU) represents the interests of municipally owned utility and waste management entities in Germany. The more than 1,500 member companies in VKU are mainly active in the energy generation, water and wastewater, waste management and city cleaning segments.

VKU website


Dr. Tim Schroeder
Political Affairs