About the Sino-German Energy Partnership

Since its initiation in 2006 at the Sino-German Forum for Economic and Technological Cooperation, the bilateral cooperation between China and Germany in the energy sector developed into a strategic partnership in 2016. The Sino-German Energy Partnership links three levels of action: high-level policy dialogue, business-to-government exchange and an exchange of experiences on technical and regulatory solutions that promote the energy transition. The main aim of the partnership is to foster and advance the far-reaching and profound energy transitions ongoing in both countries by exchanging views, best practices and knowledge on the development of a sustainable energy system, primarily centered on improving energy efficiency and expanding the use of renewable energy.

Sino-German Energy Partnership: NDRC Vice Minister Hu Zucai meets former BMWi State Secretary Rainer Baake.
Sino-German Energy Partnership: NDRC Vice Minister Hu Zucai meets former BMWi State Secretary Rainer Baake; Source: BMWi/Andreas Mertens

Overall steering and structure

For China, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) oversee the partnership, while the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) takes the lead on behalf of Germany.

Two thematic working groups have been established under bilateral agreements in order to facilitate cooperation as well as intensify the exchange of information, experiences and best practices. On the Chinese side, the working group on “energy” is led by NEA, while the working group on “energy efficiency” is headed by NDRC.

Working Group on “Energy”:

  • Power-sector flexibilization and energy storage
  • Electricity market regulation and reform 
  • Sustainable heating
  • Biomethane
  • Green hydrogen strategy

Working Group on “Energy Efficiency”

  • Energy efficiency in industry and buildings
  • Energy efficiency in cities
  • Energy efficiency networks

The energy partnership furthermore aims to encourage private sector cooperation and showcase successful technologies, innovative services and business models to drive the energy transition forward in both China and Germany. Both sides have agreed to jointly implement demonstration projects promoting energy conservation to demonstrate exemplary solutions for energy efficiency in industry, as well as integrated district energy planning to serve as reference for China.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH was commissioned by the BMWi with the implementation of the bilateral energy partnership with China. A secretariat with full-time advisors in Berlin and Beijing serves as a point of contact and coordination for its activities.

Our Experts

Yin Yuxia

Yin Yuxia

Project Director
Sino-German Energy Partnership


Maximilian Ryssel

Maximilian Ryssel

Project Manager
Sino-German Energy Partnership


Karin Franzen

Karin Franzen

Senior Advisor
Sino-German Energy Partnership