Energy partnerships

01.02.2017 - Article

In view of growing global energy needs and Germany’s high dependence on energy imports, the German Government has entered into a number of bilateral energy partnerships in recent years with countries that are important in terms of energy production, transit or consumption.

General information

Wind turbines in Brunsbüttel
Wind turbines in Brunsbüttel© dpa/picture-alliance

The energy partnerships are based on a joint declaration of intent or on a bilateral agreement signed at a high political level. While the political direction of cooperation is the responsibility of a high-level steering group, practical cooperation is conducted within formalised committee structures. The concrete project work operates through bilateral working groups which include businesses and research institutes.

The primary goal of the energy partnerships is to support the partner country, as regards expanding renewable energies, promoting energy efficiency and the use of modern energy technologies. As a result, sustainable energy supplies are to be created in the partner country while making a contribution to climate protection. At the same time, the energy partnerships play a role in creating market-economy conditions and shaping open markets. They open up export opportunities for German businesses and help further the use of innovative technologies. By reducing global competition for energy resources, which are becoming more scarce, the energy partnerships also increase Germany's security of supply in the long term.

Germany has energy partnerships with

· Algeria

· Brazil

· China

· India

· Mexico

· Morocco

· Nigeria

· Norway

· Russia

· South Africa

· Tunisia

· Turkey

· The United Arab Emirates

Further information

Federal ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - European and International Energy Policy

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