Leading the energy transition to international success

Germany is not the only country investing in a successful energy transition, and the demand for efficiency technology is increasing around the world as well. dena promotes the establishment of bilateral cooperation in the areas of 

energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and climate protection. The agency is also active in China, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Read more about its involvement here.

Statistics & facts

30 %
is the rate at which
global demand for energy will increase between 2013 and 2040
60 %
is the share of the world’s total energy consumption
accounted for by cities, and 70% is their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.
trillion dollars
will be spent on energy around the world between 2015 and 2040.
2 °C
rise in temperature
compared with preindustrial levels is the global climate target for the end of the century.

Energy efficiency worldwide

International news

dena’s expertise is much in demand even beyond the borders of Germany – especially in the area of building energy efficiency.

Forecasts indicate that the global energy requirements will grow by almost one third between 2013 and 2040. This figure alone elucidates the international significance of energy supply and climate protection. Like in Germany, the building sector is a key factor in this context. UN statistics show that buildings account for 40 percent of energy consumption worldwide. Buildings are responsible for roughly one third of all green house gas emissions. This indicates that the need for technologies aimed at improving efficiency in buildings is rising continuously around the world.

dena also operates on the international stage as an agency for the applied energy transition. With its systems expertise that spans all technologies, in-depth understanding of the interaction between the market and regulatory law, as well as excellent contacts on the ground in business and in politics, dena is setting new standards in an international framework. However, it still maintains the same strategy abroad: promote, fund and inform.

From energy-efficient buildings to the eco-city

dena approaches the energy transition as an international challenge, seeking to establish sustainable, viable structures and mechanisms in each individual country. It builds bilateral cooperation and works closely with the national stakeholders to communicate technology made in Germany, which it adapts specifically to suit the regional circumstances. In the building sector, dena helps a variety of countries to build markets for energy-efficient construction and to further the cause of sustainable urban development, characterised by the term of Eco-Cities.

Lighthouse projects in China and Ukraine

dena cooperates with the national governments to create methods and instruments to build sustained growth. Together with its partners in the region, dena establishes innovative building standards and quality assurance measures, as well as developing national funding strategies. In countries like China and Ukraine, dena initiates lighthouse projects that encourage others to follow suit. Ultimately it develops best-practice examples for high efficiency standards that can be introduced to the market in the medium term. In this way, new export markets are opened up for German industry to sell energy efficiency products and energy services.

Projects on the topic

Eco-Cities in China

dena plays a major role in Sino-German cooperation in the field of climate-friendly urban development. This cooperation centres on practical criteria relating to sustainable urban infrastructure, strategies and management instruments. Energy-efficiency technologies and services that have been tested in Germany are to be demonstrated, evaluated and further refined across 25 pilot cities in China.


  • Project start: 2015
  • 25 pilot cities in China
  • Countries involved: Germany and China
  • Partners: Wilo SE and Wacker AG

Energy-Efficient Building in China

dena has been developing and implementing energy-efficient construction projects in China since 2006. Advanced technology and experience gathered in Germany are adapted and transferred to the conditions in the respective region, using experts on the ground. The aim is to improve the market conditions for energy efficiency technologies, impart knowledge and establish concepts suitable for mass marketing of energy efficiency in China.


  • Project start: 2006
  • Since 2010, dena has launched 30 pilot projects
  • First efficient house standard introduced in Hebei in 2015
  • Partners: Construction ministries of both countries, the Center of Science and Technology of Construction (CSTC), the  Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS), and various provinces, specialist associations, and German and Chinese companies.

German-Ukrainian Efficient House Pilot Project

A building refurbishment project in Ukraine organised by dena, Initiative Wohnungswirtschaft Osteuropa, the East European Housing Industry Initiative, and Kompetenzzentrum Großsiedlungen e.V., Centre of Expertise for Large Housing Estates, has met with enthusiastic response in Ukraine. The focus here is on 20 pilot projects for the energy-efficient refurbishment of apartment buildings in Ukraine.


  • Project start: 2015
  • 1,000 expressions of interest in participation were received within just a short period of time
  • 20 pilot projects launched in 2016
  • Collaboration of German and Ukrainian partners
  • Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy