Press Release, Bonn

dena @ COP 23: dena’s side events provide a decisive impulse for the international energy transition

The German Energy Agency (dena) will be present at the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, participating in a variety of events and enabling the sharing of experiences and networking on an international level.

Kick-off for the Start Up Energy Transition Award 2018 // Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The second stage of dena’s Start Up Energy Transition Award is commencing. dena will launch the new application phase for its global energy transition competition, ‘Start Up Energy Transition Award 2018’, on 14 November. Start-ups from around the world are invited to apply with their innovative business ideas for the energy transition and global climate protection. Many prestigious and international speakers are expected at the opening event for the competition, including:

  • Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA),
  • Stéphane Dion, Canadian Ambassador to Berlin,
  • Andreas Kuhlmann, Chief Executive of dena,
  • Dr Katrin Leonhardt, Director of the KfW Group focusing on financing start-ups, innovations, energy efficiency and the environment, and
  • Brune Poirson, Permanent Secretary in the Environmental Ministry in France (solicited).

They will discuss, among other topics, international collaboration in the fight against climate change and innovations for the energy transition.

In addition, the start-ups ME SOLshare from Bangladesh (winner of the Start Up Energy Transition Award 2017 for the ‘Platforms and Communities’ category) and Easy Smart Grid from Germany will present their ideas and visions for a global energy transition.

The finalists will present their business models at the Start Up Energy Transition Tech Festival in spring 2018. The award ceremony will take place as part of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) in Berlin.

The first Start Up Energy Transition Award 2017 was a huge success. All in all, 500 start-ups from 66 countries entered this international competition organised by dena. More than 100 collaborative partners from over 25 countries supported the initiative.

European launch of the China Renewable Energy Outlook 2017 // Tuesday, 14 November 2017

China must significantly increase its energy policy efforts in order to achieve the targets of the Paris Climate Accord. That is the finding of the China Renewable Energy Outlook 2017 (CREO), which was presented to the European public for the first time on 14 November by the China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) at COP 23. dena provided its expertise on technical and regulatory issues with regard to the topics of grid development and smart grids, as well as subsidisation policies for renewable energy sources.

Following the official presentation, Andreas Kuhlmann, dena’s Chief Executive, Thorsten Herdan, Head of the Energy Policy − Heating and Efficiency department in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Patrick Graichen, Director of Agora Energiewende, and others discussed China’s contribution for the Paris Agreement.

With regard to transforming its energy systems, China is facing challenges similar to those faced by Germany. The CREO analyses China’s energy policy and makes recommendations for further developments − with the goal of promoting the energy transition and providing China with support in achieving its climate protection targets. The annual publication is based on concrete models of the Chinese energy system. In addition to dena, German, Danish and American institutes, think-tanks and universities participate in compiling the CREO.

You can read the summary of the CREO here.

Workshops on the funding of renewable energy sources in the electricity and heating sectors in UNECE countries // Monday and Tuesday, 13 and 14 November 2017

dena is organising workshops for the member states of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on 13 and 14 November. Official representatives from the countries, market regulators and companies will present and discuss the current market situation for renewable energy sources in the electricity and heating sectors in each of the UNECE countries as well as identify challenges and hurdles for their use. Based on experiences in established markets, the participants will develop potential solutions and best practice approaches for selected, underdeveloped UNECE countries. dena is thus making a significant contribution to the exchange of experience within the UNECE member states.

Numerous studies and analyses have shown that the market development of renewable energy sources in the electricity and heating sectors differs widely within the 56 UNECE member states. Many countries have developed subsidy mechanisms and a significant proportion of renewable generation capacities in comparison to the rest of the world. On the other hand, there are markets that have only modest or very low capacities and high potential for renewable energy sources. The Status and Perspectives for Renewable Energy Development in the UNECE Region study published by dena in 2016 for UNECE contains an overview of this situation. The results of the workshop will be included in the update of the study before the end of 2017.

The separate one-day workshops are organised by dena in close collaboration with the UNECE Group of Experts on Renewable Energy and financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Energy efficiency networks: A cost-effective option for companies in Germany to increase energy efficiency // Saturday, 11 November 2017

The positive results of the energy efficiency networks in Germany will be presented by Thorsten Herdan, Head of the Energy Policy − Heating and Efficiency department in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Steffen Joest, Deputy Head of dena’s Energy Systems and Energy Services Division and Head of the Campaign Office of Energy Efficiency Networks. The results show that energy efficiency networks are a cost-effective possibility for companies to increase their energy efficiency more quickly.

The German Energy Agency (dena) manages the nationwide Energy Efficiency Networks Campaign on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The initiative is sponsored by the Federal Government along with 22 associations and organisations from German industry. The establishment of networks for the reduction of energy consumption in businesses is a measure undertaken by the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE).

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