Germany and South Africa go into a new energy partnership
The German and South African governments signed a memorandum of understanding on a new energy partnership to promote friendship and cooperation between the two countries. This memorandum aims to enhance the bilateral dialogue and practical cooperation between them in the energy sector by establishing an energy partnership, which builds on and further enhances the ongoing successful cooperation programmes and dialogue between them in the energy sector.
Enlarge image (© BMWi) The main objective of the energy partnership is improving and developing a sustainable energy infrastructure, in particular through the increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Both countries acknowledge activities under various existing bilateral and multilateral dialogues and take note of the recent advancement in renewable energy efficiency technologies, the available renewable energy resources in South Africa and the consequent opportunities for their widespread applications. They recognise that the creation of appropriate market environments for the increasing role of private sector involvement, along with an enabling framework for strong public-private partnerships, is very important for successful commercial applications and for the long term availability of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
This energy partnership complements the existing Declarations of Intent for the “South African – German Cooperation in the Area of Energy and Climate” (November 2010) as well as the “South African Renewables Initiative (SARI)”. The Declaration of Intent on the “South African – German Cooperation in the Area of Energy and Climate” sets out the specific areas of cooperation, goals of joint activities, and competent authorities.
The Declaration of Intent also provides the strategic framework for South African – German Development Cooperation in the energy sector. Germany and South Africa will engage in dialogue on energy policies and on the coherence of cooperation programmes, monitor the results of cooperation efforts and prepare joint reports for the Ministers. The focal areas will be
(a) renewable energies
(b) the promotion of energy efficiency;
(c) the promotion of new and upscaled carbon market instruments for financing investments in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency;
(d) opportunities for cooperation in the field of nuclear safety and security;
(e) criteria for sustainability and environmental integrity of project activities: legal framework, applied policies, measures and instruments - including economic instruments -, and suitable financing models for promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency;
(f) technological cooperation in the field of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS);
(g) capacity building and skills development in the green technology sector; and
h) Research and Development cooperation in the above areas where appropriate.