Ecofys supports Germany and UAE with Energy Partnership execution

05 January 2018 2 min. read

Navigant subsidiary Ecofys has in recent months supported policy makers from Germany and the United Arab Emirates with the execution of their bilateral Energy Partnership.

In January 2017, Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an Energy Partnership. Under the cooperation, the two states are collaborating in the energy field, aimed at exchanging best practices and lessons learned in order to advance energy research, generation and deployment within their respective territories. 

One major objective of the partnership is advancing UAE’s green energy maturity. UAE’s ‘Energy Strategy 2050’ has set ambitious goals for the expansion of renewable energies (target of 44% of generation by 2050) and for increasing energy efficiency. Germany is one of Europe’s frontrunners in green energy – the country’s transition to a low carbon energy supply, known as ‘energiewende’ (German for energy transition), has made headlines across the globe for its effectiveness. According to recent research from the World Economic Forum (WEF), a global think tank, Germany todays ranks as one of the globe’s top twenty most sustainable countries, for a large part on the back of its energy policy. 

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As part of the partnership, the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in November 2017 organised two high-level delegation visits for UAE representatives to Germany. Central themes of the visits were the integration of variable renewable energy, electricity markets, sustainable transport and energy efficiency – all topics identified as areas of key interest by the steering group established for the purpose of the collaboration. 

Emirati experts and decision-makers from public institutions and energy companies visited Europe’s largest economy for a comprehensive programme of expert roundtables, site visits to German companies and exchange with industry representatives and officials. Three bilateral expert workshops – on e-mobility and sustainable transport, energy efficiency in industry and energy efficiency in buildings – brought together experts from the UAE and Germany. The delegates exchanged their views on technology trends and innovation, regulatory frameworks for energy efficiency and electromobility and sustainable transport. 

The delegation visits were supported by Ecofys, an energy and sustainability consultancy that is part of Navigant, a global consulting firm with over 5,500 employees. BMWi turned to the firm to support the preparation of the visits, as well as facilitate the two-day programmes on 12-17 and 19-24 November. 

Later this month, at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi (15-18 January), the steering group of the Energy Partnership will come together to discuss the strategic objectives for 2018.