Since its initiation in 2006 at the Sino-German Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation, the bilateral cooperation between China and Germany in the energy sector developed into a strategic partnership. As the central platform for institutionalized energy policy dialogue between the two countries, it links three levels of action: high-level bilateral dialogue; business-to-government exchange and an exchange of experiences on technical and regulatory solutions that promote the energy transition.
The main objective of the partnership is to foster and advance the far-reaching and profound energy transitions ongoing in both countries by exchanging views, best practices and knowledge on the development of a sustainable energy system, primarily centered on improving energy efficiency and expanding the use of renewable energy.
Regular working group meetings and high-level bilateral meetings facilitate in-depth political and technical dialogue between German and Chinese decision-makers on the energy transition.
For China, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) oversee the partnership, while the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) takes the lead on behalf of Germany.
Two thematic working groups have been established under bilateral agreements to facilitate cooperation as well as intensify the exchange of information, experiences, and best practices. On the Chinese side, the working group on “energy” is led by NEA, while the working group on “energy efficiency” is headed by NDRC.
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Furthermore, the energy partnership aims to encourage think tanks and private sector cooperation and showcase successful technologies, innovative services, and business models to drive the energy transition forward. Both sides have agreed to jointly implement demonstration projects promoting energy conservation to demonstrate exemplary solutions for energy efficiency in industry, as well as integrated district energy planning to serve as reference for China.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH was commissioned by the BMWK with the implementation of the bilateral energy partnership with China. A secretariat with full-time advisors in Berlin and Beijing serves as a point of contact and coordination for its activities.
Through its numerous initiatives and activities, the Sino-German Energy Partnership constantly enhance the bilateral cooperation and supports the transformation of the energy systems in both countries.
Sino-German Energy Partnership
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH