German-Algerian Energy Partnership
Title: German-Algerian Energy Partnership
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Energy and Mining (MEM)
Overall term: 2016 to 2018
The German-Algerian Energy Partnership was founded in 2015 when the relevant ministers signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding. Despite considerable potential, the share of energy generation from renewable sources in Algeria is still low. At present, energy demand is satisfied almost entirely by domestic fossil fuel production.
Algeria draws on Germany's experience with the transition to renewable energy to develop and roll out a national energy policy that provides for a green and sustainable energy supply. A key area of activity involves creating an enabling framework for the energy market.
Responsibility for the Energy Partnership's strategy rests with a steering committee of State Secretaries spearheaded by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and Algeria's Ministry of Energy and Mining (MEM). Stakeholders include representatives of the governments and state-owned energy agencies. Two working groups are focusing on the topics of renewables and energy efficiency. Providing a platform for open collaboration, these working groups enable actors from industry, research and civil society to engage with each other and share their project experience. The national ministries and subordinate authorities in Germany and Algeria are responsible for sectoral management.
The Energy Partnership's Secretariat fosters dialogue between actors in the two countries. It organises regular meetings and conferences as well as workshops, delegation trips and other exchange formats. Furthermore, it is the interface for all institutions and companies that wish to contribute to the partnership. The Secretariat is staffed with employees from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Algiers and Berlin.
Key actors on the German side include the private sector, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Foreign Office. The main players in Algeria include the Electricity and Gas Regulation Commission (CREG), the state-owned energy supply companies Sonatrach and Sonelgaz and their subsidiaries SKTM and CEEG.