German-Brazilian Energy Partnership

Project description

Title: German-Brazilian Energy Partnership
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Country: Brazil
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Mines and Energy
Overall term: 2019 to 2022

Context

The German-Brazilian Energy Partnership was launched in 2008. Due to the country’s abundance of renewable resources, Brazil has one of the most low-carbon energy sectors in the world. About 60 per cent of its electricity is generated using hydropower, making the energy sector particularly flexible for the volatile feed-in of renewable resources such as wind and solar energy. The geographical conditions provide great potential for the further expansion of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass.

The German-Brazilian Energy Partnership provides a platform for senior political decision-makers and representatives from the fields of industry, associations and financial and research institutions.

Objective

The project is supporting the dialogue and exchange of experiences between Brazil and Germany on developing and implementing a national energy strategy that focuses on Renewable Energies.

Sitzung des Steuerungskomitee der Deutsch-Brasilianischen Energiepartnerschaft in Berlin, 2017

Approach

The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is responsible for implementing the Energy Partnership on the German side. The cooperation and negotiation partner of the Energy Partnership on the Brazilian side is the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MME).

Other central actors on the German side are the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature and Nuclear Safety (BMU), and the German Embassy in Brasília. On the Brazilian side, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), the Energy Research Company (EPE) and the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL) are involved in the dialogue. Representatives from industry associations, companies, financial as well as research institutions and civil society from both countries are invited to actively participate in the Energy Partnership.

Along with the high-level steering committees at deputy minister and state secretary levels, two thematic working groups have been set up and hold regular exchange on renewable energies, including bioenergy, and energy efficiency. These working groups are open committees in which stakeholders from business, research and civil society can participate alongside government representatives. The Energy Partnership also includes specialist workshops, conferences on energy policy, studies and technical missions.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been commissioned to provide support in implementing the Energy Partnership. A secretariat has been set up at the MME in Brasilía and Berlin to provide content-based and organisational support to the Energy Partnership’s activities and to serve all interested stakeholders as a point of contact.

Results

As part of the German-Brazilian Energy Partnership, high-level policy-makers and industry representatives, associations, financial and research institutions exchanged views on the development and implementation of Brazil's national energy policy in favour of a sustainable, secure and affordable energy supply during the following events:

  • April 2017: Meeting of the Steering Group in Berlin to identify the thematic priorities of the German-Brazilian Energy Partnership
  • October 2017: Workshop of working group 1 "Renewable Energies" in Rio de Janeiro on "Market Design and Flexibilization in the Power Sector".
  • October 2017: Study trip and workshop of WG 2 "Energy Efficiency" in Germany; Topics: energy efficiency incentive mechanisms; Tender models for energy efficiency in the electricity sector (using the example of the "step-up program" and energy management systems like ISO 50.0001).
  • April 2018: Workshop of WG 1 "Renewable Energies" in Berlin before the Berlin Energy Transition Days (BETD 2018) on the importance of auctions for the expansion of renewable energies.
  • May 2018: First German-Brazilian Energy Day in São Paulo, consisting of a visit of the energy efficiency house E of BASF, a workshop on "Energy efficiency in the building sector" and a reception on the occasion of the traveling exhibition "Energiewende" (AA).
  • July 2019: Second Brazilian-German Energy Day at Eletrobrás in Rio de Janeiro, with debates on “The opportunities and challenges in the energy systems of the future”.

In the following events, the private sector contributed with its expertise to the Energy Partnership:

  • November 2017: Implementation of a high-level workshop on energy efficiency in industry within the framework of the German-Brazilian Economic Meeting (Porto Alegre)
  • May 2018: Implementation of the first Local Business Advisory Council in São Paulo with more than 20 representatives of German companies in Brazil, with the participation of the BMWi, the German Consulate São Paulo and the German Embassy in Brasilia.
  • June 2018: Panel discussion on energy efficiency in industry at the German-Brazilian Economic Meeting in Cologne (DBWT in BRA).
  • November 2018: WS of WG Energy Efficiency on “Digitalization and Energy Efficiency“ (Rio de Janeiro)
  • July 2019: Second meeting of the Local Business Advisory Council in São Paulo with more than 20 representatives of German companies in Brazil, with the participation of the German Consulate in São Paulo and German Trade and Invest (GTAI).

Through the traveling exhibition “Energiewende”, which took place in Brazil in three cities, the German energy transition was communicated and explained with the support of the Energy Partnership.