Description: German-Turkish Energy Partnership / German-Turkish Energy Forum
Client: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Lead executing agency/partner ministries: Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey
Founding year: 2012
Contact: Dr. Karsten Lindloff (lindloff(at)dena.de)
Turkey’s booming economy has led to an increase in energy consumption over the past few years, which is expected to continue increasing according to current projections. The country has few of its own fossil fuels and has had to rely heavily on energy imports in the past. Turkey thus has a great interest in renewable energy sources and measures for increasing energy efficiency. Gas pipelines run through Turkey to Western Europe. Turkey also potentially has its own natural gas reserves.
The aim of the German-Turkish Energy Partnership is to strengthen the cooperation between Germany and Turkey. This cooperation consists of exchanging experiences and initiating specific projects. The promotion of networking between German and Turkish stakeholders in the fields of industry, science and civil society is also an important goal.
The topics of the German-Turkish Energy partnership are varied. Focuses include the expansion of renewables and their integration into the electricity system. Storage technologies and green hydrogen are also becoming increasingly important. Another focus is on increasing energy efficiency as well as appropriate models for financing. Regulation of the electricity and gas markets is also part of the joint work.
Since the German-Turkish Energy Forum was founded in 2012, dena has been working for the BMWi with numerous players from politics and industry in both countries.
The priorities of the energy partnership are set annually by the responsible ministries. In addition to intensive exchange in workgroups, which are subdivided according to five different topics, the work is deepened through workshops, studies, seminars and expert trips. The aim is usually to develop and implement pilot projects.
The pilot projects and events on topics regarding energy policy strengthen the German-Turkish cooperation on a political and economic level. An important milestone was dena’s participation in the development of Turkey’s first National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) in 2014/2015.