Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (AHK)
Institut für Energiewirtschaft und rationelle Energieanwendung (IER) der Universität Stuttgart
OAV - German Asia-Pacific Business Association
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Renewables Academy AG (RENAC)
Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH
Working together for a sustainable energy supply: on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK), adelphi is providing support for the cooperation between Germany and six countries on three continents. The project is generating momentum for energy policy in Germany and in the partner countries. It also addresses the concerns of the private sector. The aim: To create suitable market structures for the expansion of renewable energies and the dissemination of energy-efficient technologies.
What does a sustainable energy supply look like? How will decarbonisation succeed in various sectors by mid-century? Which technologies will we use to save, generate, transport and store energy in the future? What do we have to do so that the transformation is socially just and is supported by citizens? How can we increase the security and sustainability of our energy imports?
Germany is not alone with these questions – industrialised countries with ambitious climate policy are facing the same challenges worldwide. As a result, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) is looking for close bilateral exchange with partner countries in order to develop solutions, learn from one another and explore opportunities for cooperation.
Learning from Each Other, Supporting Each Other, Finding Answers together
Since 2016, adelphi has provided support for Germany’s energy cooperation with the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand on behalf of the BMWK. We develop and manage numerous dialogue formats with our project partners: These include bilateral talks with federal and state governments and other relevant institutions from the partner countries (for example on the fringes of the annual Berlin Energy Transition Dialogues), as well as professional exchange between the respective partner ministries and other stakeholders in the framework of topic-specific working groups. We also organise high-level public events, such as the US-German Climate and Energy Summit, the German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum (UEDF), professional exchange formats and local economic advisory councils in the partner countries as well as expert trips between the partner countries.
In politics, science, business and society, the energy partnership should bring together the most important players so that the energy transition in Germany and the United States succeeds.
Senior Manager in adelphi's Energy Team
From Dialogue to Partnerships
In most partner countries, bilateral exchange has been increasingly formalised over the past few years and transformed into a so-called energy partnership – a format of German energy transition policy based on a joint declaration of intent with fixed working groups and high-level exchange.
Partnerships were already institutionalised with Japan and South Korea in 2019. Both countries are confronted with challenges comparable to Germany – for example, a high dependence on energy imports and an equally energy-intensive and export-oriented broad industrial base.
We have had an energy partnership with Australia since 2021. Attention has increased significantly, mainly due to the momentum in the hydrogen sector. Australia is of great interest to Germany as a potential hydrogen supplier, which is why we are currently giving priority to support here.
Senior Manager in adelphi's Energy Team
Building Partnerships for a Climate-neutral Future
The ongoing exchange has also led to the establishment of energy partnerships on the North American continent. An official energy partnership was established with Canada in 2021. In May 2022, the Federal Economics and Climate Protection Ministers Robert Habeck and Secretary of State Annalena Baerbock issued a joint statement with the US President’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, John Kerry, and US Energy Deputy Secretary David M. Turk on building a climate and energy partnership between the US and Germany.
Jana Narita, Senior Manager at adelphi and responsible for the energy partnership with Japan and South Korea, emphasises the similarities between the partner countries, even if they appear very different from Germany at first glance:
All countries are highly industrialised, innovative societies that have the common goal of becoming climate-neutral by the middle of the century at the latest.
Achieving this goal is associated with major challenges, but adelphi’s energy team agrees: Cooperation makes everyone stronger.
That’s why we are pleased to support the BMWK’s energy dialogues, cooperation and partnerships.