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
· South Africa
· The United Arab Emirates