DENA’S ACTIVITIES / ENERGY DIALOGUES

German-Russian Energy Dialogue

Within the framework of an energy dialogue, dena is helping Russia transform its energy system. The aim of the transnational cooperation is to achieve the global energy transition.

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Description: German-Russian Energy Dialogue

Client: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Country: Russian Federation

Lead executing agency/partner ministries: Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation

Founding year: 2008

Contact: Bärbel Warnig warnig(at)dena.de

Russia is one of the countries that uses the most energy, but is also rich in fossil fuels. For a long time, energy efficiency and renewable energy were considered niche topics in Russia. In the course of international developments such as the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, we are observing that emission avoidance, energy saving, sustainability and clean energy are increasingly finding their way into the political debate in Russia.

With the ratification of the Paris Agreement, the first steps towards the expansion of renewable energy and the growing importance of hydrogen give rise to new potential for a cooperative agreement.

Target

The German-Russian Energy Dialogue aims to promote the continuous German-Russian exchange in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy systems and to help shape the content. New areas of activity for bilateral cooperation are also to be developed.

Focus topics

The main focus is on expanding renewables in Russia and increasing energy efficiency, particularly in industry and the building sector. Raising awareness for energy efficiency as well as financing instruments for energy efficiency projects and sustainable urban development also belong to the fields of activity of the energy dialogue. Hydrogen as an alternative energy source is also a subject of increasing importance in the mutual exchange.

Approach

Through regular bilateral exchanges, the aim of the German-Russian Dialogue is to expand on topics such as energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy systems. The clarification of existing topics and the addition of new topics are coordinated in working groups between the responsible ministries, and joint agendas are drawn up.

Effects

The energy dialogue between Russia and Germany on energy policy issues and issues in the energy industry encourages a partnership between the two countries. The exchange of energy policy thus contributes to the success of the global energy transition and to climate protection. German companies can get involved in the dialogue process and are supported in accessing new markets.

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