Partnering to promote more diversity in Brazil’s renewable energy market
German-Brazilian Energy Partnership
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
2008 to 2023
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), Brazilian Energy Research Company (EPE)
Products and expertise
Sustainable infrastructure: water, energy, transport
Brazil has great potential for further expansion of the use of renewable energy, in particular from wind, solar and biomass sources. The rates of growth are remarkable and slowly cutting into hydropower’s share of the energy market, which has fallen from 80 per cent to 62 per cent. The Brazilian energy market is thus one of the lowest-carbon ones in the world, but further diversification is needed.
With the aim of diversifying Brazil’s renewable energies market, the German-Brazilian Energy Partnership was launched in 2008 and is part of the global project Support for Bilateral Energy Partnerships in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies.
Brazilian energy policy is achieving more diversity in its sources of renewable energy and providing a more climate-friendly, secure and affordable energy supply. Stakeholders from business, politics and research regularly exchange information on current developments.
The priority areas of the energy partnership include:
- Renewable Energies: combined solar and wind auctions, demand response as a flexibility option, transmission grid expansion planning, centralized vs. decentralized power generation
- Energy Efficiency: energy Efficiency Networks; digitalisation
- Hydrogen: production, logistics and application of green hydrogen
With the support of the project a permanent secretariat in Brasilia was set up in 2017 to provide organisational and technical support to the Partnership.
In addition to a high-level steering committee, thematic working groups that regularly exchange information on renewable energy (including bioenergy), energy efficiency and green hydrogen have been established. These working groups are open committees in which stakeholders from business, research and civil society can participate alongside government representatives. The Energy Partnership also organises specialist workshops, conferences on energy policy and study trips.
Last update: November 2023