Indo-German Energy Forum
Title: Indo-German Energy Forum
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Partner: Ministry of Power (MoP), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agency: Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), KfW Development Bank (KfW), German Development Cooperation (GIZ)
Overall term: 2016 to 2022
To enhance and deepen the strategic political dialogue about the ongoing energy transition in both countries, the German Chancellor and the Indian Prime Minister established the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) in April 2006. The high-level steering committee meeting called FORUM and its subgroups are chaired by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Indian Ministry of Power (MoP). Other important stakeholders in all IGEF activities include trade associations and private sector representatives. Liaison services are provided through its support offices in New Delhi and Berlin.
The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) is the bilateral platform for both governments to exchange experiences, opportunities and challenges of the ongoing global energy transition. Strategic cooperation projects are being initiated by IGEF and has given both governments the opportunity to improve dialogue on energy transition programmes.
Strategic cooperation projects between the German and the Indian government, research institutions, and the private sector are the major objectives of the IGEF. The focus areas of this high-level bilateral forum are energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy security, investment in energy projects as well as collaborative research and development, taking into account environmental and social challenges to assure a sustainable development. The steering committee of the IGEF takes place annually under the chairmanship of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Government of Germany and the Ministry of Power, Government of India and provides a dialogue platform for high-level policy makers and representatives from industry associations, financial institutions and research organisations from both India and Germany. On a working level, four thematic sub groups have been created which convene meetings on a regular basis:
- Efficiency Enhancement in Fossil Fuel Based Power Plants
- Renewable Energies
- Energy Efficiency
- Green Energy Corridors
The Support Offices to the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF-SO) have been established in India and Germany with technical and financial experts from KfW Development Bank, GIZ, and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to provide support services for all relevant stakeholders. It serves as a first point of contact for both the Indian and German governments as well as for the companies seeking to get involved in the process. Moreover, the IGEF-SO answers queries regarding proposals for the IGEF dialogue or IGEF projects and any other subject relevant to its stakeholders. The IGEF-SO provides information services and background studies, organises trainings, workshops and fact-finding study tours on topics of central relevance to the bilateral dialogue.
Germany and India support each other to achieve their energy policy objectives by knowledge exchange, promotion of investment and collaboration in energy research and development.
The Support Office to the Indo-German Energy Forum has been operational since 2008 supporting the implementation of activities under the IGEF. Regular meetings of the working subgroups take place in Berlin and in New Delhi. Hundreds of workshops and study tours have been organised since IGEF’s inception, and IGEF’s activities have been promoted at leading conferences, meetings and events in the energy sector. The IGEF website is regularly updated with sector-specific information, event reports and documentation of all the meetings. Among the cooperation projects and activities that have been initiated since the inception of IGEF are:
- Initiation of the ‘ComSolar’ programme that 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).
- Setting up of a tri-generation pilot plant, which simultaneously generates electricity, heating and cooling, at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre in New Delhi.
- Implementation of a countrywide solar measurement and monitoring programme (known as SolMap) with partner institute NIWE to provide reliable data on solar irradiation and to monitor the efficiency of solar plants currently in operation. The data is being made public through Global Solar and Wind Atlas of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
- Integration of renewable energies into the Indian power grid on a large scale through the Green Energy Corridors programme and Flexibilisation of Coal Fired Powerplants.