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 has developed into a strategic partnership. The Sino-German Energy Partnership links three levels of action: high-level policy dialogue, business-to-government exchange as well as an exchange of experiences on technical and regulatory solutions promoting the energy transition.

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

In the last years, China and Germany have continuously deepened the bilateral cooperation on challenges and solutions of the energy transition. For China the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) supported by the National Energy Administration (NEA) is in charge of the partnership, while the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is in 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.


Working Group on “Energy”:

  • Electricity market reform
  • Promotion and system integration of renewable energies
  • Grid regulation, smart grids and storage
  • Sustainable heating and cooling
  • Flexibilisation and sector coupling


Working Group on “Energy Efficiency”:

  • Energy conservation and efficiency in buildings and industry
  • Demand-side-management
  • Innovative business and financing models


The energy partnership also aims to encourage private sector cooperation and showcase best practice technologies, innovative services and business models to drive the energy transition 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 and integrated district energy planning serving as reference for China. Another joint project titled “German Energy Transition Expertise for China” is supporting the technical exchange with the China National Renewable Energy Center (CNREC), the leading think tank for renewables in China, on developing long-term scenarios for a future energy system with high shares of renewables.  

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 Bejing serves as a point of contact and coordination regarding its activities.

Our Experts

Yin Yuxia

Yin Yuxia

Project Director
Sino-German Energy Partnership


Ma Qiongying

Ma Qiongying

Senior Project Manager
Sino-German Energy Partnership


Karin Franzen

Karin Franzen

Senior Advisor
Sino-German Energy Partnership