German-South African Energy Partnership launched
Stefan Kapferer, State Secretary in Germany's Ministry of Economics and Technology, launched the German-South African Energy Partnership on August 8, 2013 in Pretoria together with H.E. Barbara Thompson, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Energy. This occasion marked the first session of the high-level working group of the Energy Partnership in Pretoria, which was also attended by representatives of other ministries, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, GIZ, KfW and a business delegation.
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The partnership focuses on the expansion of renewable energy and electricity grids, energy efficiency and energy research. Also, cooperation is to take place in the field of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The Energy Partnership is based on existing agreements between the German Government and South Africa in the field of energy, and aims not least to promote private-sector activity.
In Pretoria, State Secretary Kapferer stated: “I am delighted that we can officially launch the work of the Energy Partnership between Germany and South Africa today. Our two countries are facing similar challenges as we restructure our energy systems, particularly in terms of the increasing importance of renewable energy in our energy mix.
It is important to continue to ensure that the energy supply is reliable and above all affordable. The conditions for an expansion of renewable energy and an increase in energy efficiency are especially favourable in South Africa. Germany can draw on the great experience of its technology companies in support of this.”
Enlarge image Smoke from an industrial chimney (© www.colourbox.com) On behalf of the German Government, State Secretary Kapferer signed a joint declaration of intent to set up the German-South African Energy Partnership together with H.E. Dipuo Peters, South Africa’s former Energy Minister, in Cape Town on 21 February. The Partnership is being led by a high-level working group at government level. The actual co-operation takes place in thematic working groups attended by representatives of government and industry.