Energy

Securing a reliable, economically viable and environmentally sound energy supply is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. The German government has formulated guidelines for an environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply and, for the first time, mapped a road to the age of renewable energy.

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German energy policy

Germany's progressive climate and energy policy is successfully reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the use of renewables, increasing energy efficiency and creating green jobs. Economic efficiency, security of supply and environmental compatibility: these are the central aims of German energy policy.

Windmills at sunset

Focus on renewable energy

The finite supply of fossil fuels makes their use unsustainable. Recognizing this fact and its inevitable consequences, the German government has developed ambitious plans for its future energy use and supply, shaping a policy that incresasingly embraces the use of renewable energy. Current scenarios show that in just ten years, renewables can cover 40 percent of Germany's electricity supply.

The engine pod and rotor blades of a Nordex wind turbine

German renewable firm adding to wind energy supply in SA

German company Nordex will contribute to energy generation of up to 424 Gwh with the latest wind energy-technology in the Eastern Cape. This private sector involvement complements the efforts of the South African-German Energy partnership, which has thus far seen government projects and consultations contribute to energy efficiency and increased renewable energy in South Africa.

Aerial view of the Lieberrose solar park, one of Germany's largest, built by the Juwi Group

SA home to largest project in the world for German renewables firm

German alternative energy company Juwi group, based in Wörrstadt, announced its South African subsidiary has won a contract that would see the firm's largest single project in the world built in the Northern Cape. Project will further German and South African ambitions for a greener economy.

The cooling system is officially opened

Using the sun for cooling: Innovative German technology on MTN’s roof

Africa’s first Concentrating Solar Cooling System, installed on the MTN headquarters in Johannesburg, was officially opened on July 9. This is the third project launched within the framework of the South African – German Energy Partnership.

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Germany and South Africa go into a new energy partnership

Staatssekretär Stefan Kapferer und die südafrikanische Energieministerin Dipuo Peters

The German and South African governments signed a memorandum of understanding on a new energy partnership on February 21. It aims to enhance  bilateral dialogue and practical cooperation in the energy sector by establishing an energy partnership, which builds on and further enhances the ongoing successful cooperation programmes in this sector.