Supporting an environmentally sound and modern energy sector
Renewable energies, access to electricity, modern cooking methods and energy conservation are all areas where GIZ provides advisory services and implements projects to improve efficiency and make energy supply more reliable and environmentally friendly.*
Expanding the renewable energy sector
Energy is increasingly being generated from solar, wind, hydro and biomass sources, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions, thereby reducing the impact of climate change.
Together with its partners, commissioning parties and clients, GIZ is helping to step up the use of renewable energies, for example by supporting the construction of power generation plants that connect to the grid. These include large-scale systems such as photovoltaic (PV) greenfield plants and wind parks as well as small installations such as rooftop PV systems.
A wind power plant with a capacity of 6 MW can supply around 3,500 German households with electricity. 1.3 million kW can supply electricity to around 758,000 households, i.e. about 1.5 million people, which equates to the population of Munich, for example.
Supporting access to modern energy
Modern energy not only opens up access to light and electricity, it also promotes energy-efficient cooking. Many rural households have no electric lighting and are unable to refrigerate food because they are not connected to the grid. Wood, charcoal and green waste is also often used to cook food on open fires, causing high levels of air pollution and posing serious health risks.
GIZ supports people in their daily lives by promoting modern cooking stoves, lighting and electricity. Modern stoves reduce emissions and health risks. Connecting households to the grid provides lighting, enabling residents to continue working and children to do homework even after dark.
Increasing energy efficiency
The benefits of achieving the same results with less electricity are self-evident. Reducing energy consumption cuts emissions, which in turn has a positive impact on the climate. Private households, companies and communities also benefit from efficient consumption as it reduces energy costs.
Thanks to GIZ’s work, 420,000 MWh of thermal energy and 138,000 MWh of electricity have been saved. By way of comparison, a two-person household in Germany consumes around 2,5 MWh of electricity per annum. These savings therefore equate to around 55,000 German households, or 110,000 people.