Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office (IGEF-SO)

Project description

Title: Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Country: India
Partner: Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India
Overall term: 01/2016 to 12/2018

India. Signing of an agreement at a forum event. © GIZ


The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) was initiated by the German chancellor and the Indian prime minister at the Hannover Messe in April 2006. The dialogue process involves, on the Indian side, the Ministry of Power (MoP) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), and on the German side, the Federal Ministries for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Other important stakeholders in all IGEF activities include industry associations and private businesses.


High level political dialogue has been established which promotes cooperation in the fields of energy security, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and encourages investment in energy projects as well as collaborative research and development.


The growing Indo-German energy dialogue involves a range of meetings at various levels. Four subsidiary working groups have been established to support collaboration in the following areas:

  • Efficiency enhancement in fossil fuel-based power plants
  • Renewable energies
  • Demand-side energy efficiency and low-carbon growth strategies
  • Green energy corridors and grid management

In each of the working groups, task forces have been set up to design and implement specific cooperation projects, and to carry out other activities such as studies and roundtable discussions.

The Indo-German Energy Symposium, which has been held biennially since 2008, lends further momentum to the bilateral dialogue. The project steers that dialogue at a number of levels, thereby enabling the conception and implementation of cooperation projects with the private sector as a means of developing markets for energy efficiency and renewable energies.The support office (IGEF-SO), with branches in New Delhi and Berlin, is operated collectively by GIZ, KfW Entwicklungsbank and the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency. It is intended to strengthen the dialogue between the business sector and the government and to provide support and liaison services for all stakeholders in the Forum. It identifies possible topics for the IGEF dialogue and supports cooperation with the private sector. It also serves as a focal point for the two governments and for companies that want to become involved in the process. At the same time, it responds to inquiries and proposals about the IGEF dialogue and projects, or on other subjects relevant to the private sector. The support office can provide assistance in the form of consultancy services, facilitation of contacts, background studies or organisation of workshops.

 India. Study tour organised for senior ministry officials. © GIZ


The IGEF-SO has been in operation since 2012, when it opened in Delhi in September and in Berlin in November. The Forum and its working groups met in Berlin in February 2013 and in New Delhi in February 2015. Several workshops and study tours have been organised, and IGEF activities have been promoted at relevant conferences and meetings. Sector-specific information and documentation of the IGEF meetings are available on the IGEF website. Since the start of the IGEF, a number of cooperation projects and activities have been initiated:

  1. Tender documents have been standardised for the modernisation and retrofitting of Indian thermal power plants.
  2. The ‘Comsolar’ project demonstrates the potential benefits of integrating solar technology in urban areas and industry. Successful activities include roof-mounted photovoltaic systems on the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the highly innovative India One concentrated solar power demonstration plant in Mount Abu (power, heat, storage).
  3. A tri-generation plant, which simultaneously generates electricity, heating and cooling, has been set up at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre in New Delhi. This innovative technology is the first of its kind and serves as a demonstration project.
  4. A countrywide solar measurement and monitoring programme (known as Solmap) has been introduced to provide reliable data on solar irradiation and to monitor the efficiency of solar plants currently in operation. This project contributes to the Global Solar and Wind Atlas of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
  5. In the green energy corridors project, steps have been taken towards the large-scale integration of renewable energies into the Indian power grid.