Indo-German Energy Forum

Project description

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

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


The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) was founded in April 2006 by the German Chancellor and the Indian Prime Minister. It aims to promote and strengthen political dialogue on energy security, energy efficiency, renewable energy and investment in energy projects, as well as joint research and development. The Energy Forum and its subgroups are chaired by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Indian Ministry of Power (MoP) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Other important stakeholders in all Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) activities include different trade associations from industry and representatives from the private sector. With the assistance of its support offices in New Delhi and Berlin, the IGEF can connect key stakeholders on both sides and strengthen political dialogue.


Strategic cooperation projects between the German and Indian Governments, different research institutes and the private sector contribute to the sustainable development of both countries. Priority areas are energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy security, investment in energy projects and research and development.


Germany and India cooperate in important areas of energy policy, in promoting investment in the energy sector and in cooperation in energy research and development. The Forum meets annually, chaired by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of Power (MOP). It is a dialogue platform for high-level political decision-makers as well as for representatives from the private sector and research institutes in both countries. Four subgroups also regularly confer on the following topics:

  • Efficiency enhancement in fossil fuel-based power plants
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Green energy corridors

The Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office (IGEF SO), with locations in New Delhi and Berlin, was founded in 2012. It supports the implementation of the Forum and the working groups for all relevant stakeholders with its technical and financial expertise. The IGEF SO comprises experts from KfW Development Bank and GIZ and serves as the main contact for representatives from the Indian and German governments, as well as for companies and research institutes. Furthermore, the IGEF SO responds to all questions that arise in connection with the Indo-German Energy Forum, provides advisory services and promotes bilateral dialogue with the development of specialist studies and workshops.

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


Since the establishment of the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF), numerous workshops and study trips have been organised and the IGEF’s activities have been presented at leading energy sector conferences, meetings and events. It has its own website, which regularly provides up-to-date sector-specific information and publishes the event reports from all meetings. Cooperation projects and activities that have been initiated since the IGEF’s foundation include:

  • Standardising tender documents for modernising and retrofitting Indian thermal power plants
  • The 'ComSolar' project
    The project demonstrates the potential advantages of integrating solar technology in urban areas and industrial facilities. Successful activities include roof-mounted photovoltaic systems on the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation building and the highly innovative India One solar power demonstration plant in Mount Abu (power, heat, storage).
  • Pilot system for energy efficient combined heat and power
    The system at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center in New Delhi generates power, heat and cooling at the same time.
  • The launch of a nationwide solar mapping and monitoring programme ('Solmap')
    The programme provides reliable data on solar radiation and monitors the efficiency of the solar systems in operation. The project contributes to the Global Solar and Wind Atlas initiative coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
  • Large-scale integration of renewable energy into the Indian power grid through the Green Energy Corridors project