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 and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Overall term: 2016 to 2018

Context

The German-Brazilian Energy Partnership was launched in 2008. Due to the country’s abundance of regenerative resources, Brazil has one of the most low-carbon energy sectors in the world. More than 70 percent of energy is generated using hydropower, making the energy sector particularly flexible for the volatile feed-in of regenerative resources such as wind and solar energy. The geographical conditions provide great potential for the further expansion of renewable energy sources such as CSP (concentrated solar power), 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 objective is to support Brazil in developing and implementing a national energy policy to ensure a sustainable, safe and affordable energy supply.

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

Approach

Implementation of the energy partnership is led by the responsible ministries: BMWi, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Itamaraty) and the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME).

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

GIZ has been commissioned to provide support in implementing the energy partnership. A secretariat has been set up in Brasilía and Berlin to provide content-based and organisational support in energy partnership activities and to serve all participants and interested stakeholders as a capable point of contact.