The Ethiopian-German Energy Cooperation

Germany and Ethiopia are committed to foster a secure and sustainable supply and utilization of energy also in the light of international climate protection efforts. Both countries recognize the importance of private sector participation in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as the fundamental role of communication strategies to raise public awareness of energy transition.

Creation of a market environment for the private sector with enabling framework for public-private partnerships is vital for a successful commercial application of renewable energy technologies

Innovation Competition

Decentralised Energy Solutions in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian-German Energy Cooperation is seeking innovative business ideas by Ethiopian students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and start-ups.
Apply now with your idea for decentralised clean energy in rural Ethiopia!

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Facts & Figures

Population

Ethiopia’s population is growing fast, with 2.62 p.a., over the past years. As result of this population growth the demand for local infrastructure has been steadily increasing, and especially for electricity generation and distribution.

Ethiopia
109
million
Germany
81
million

Source: World Bank (2018)

Country Surface

Ethiopia and Germany are among the biggest countries in their respective regions. Ethiopia is the 10th largest country on the African continent, Ethiopia’s surface exceeds Germany’s by more than three times. This brings along challenges for energy infrastructure, but also potential for distributed energy solutions, for which Germany has significant experience to share.

Ethiopia
1104300
Square kilometre
Germany
357168
Square kilometre

Source: World Bank (2018)

Renewable Energy Targets 2030

Ethiopia and German are a leading countries of renewable energy generation, Ethiopia is generating more than 95% of electricity from a renewable energy source, mainly large hydro power. Germany has managed to increase steadfastly its renewable electricity generation. The integration of increasing shares of variable renewable energy sources into the system and power grids is an example of lessons learned that Germany has to share. Ethiopia is pursuing ambitious renewable energy generation targets and has considerably increased power generation and transmission from renewable energy within the next few years.

Ethiopia
100 %
of gross electricity consumption
Germany
65 %
of gross electricity consumption

Sources:

Ethiopia: Ethiopian National Electrification Program 2019

Germany: BMWi

CO2 Emissions per Capita

Ethiopia and Germany have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Agreement. Both countries have a clear interest in supporting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions: Germany’s emission level is decreasing, but still high, while Ethiopia develop and follows a green economy strategy and strongly committed and concerned by the consequences of climate change (drought, desertification). The two countries are thus cooperating within international frameworks to promote CO-2 emissions reduction.

Ethiopia
4.4
tons/capita
Germany
8.2
tons/capita

Sources:

Ethiopia: IEA 2017

Germany: IEA 2018

Electricity production Capacity

Ethiopia’s electricity production capacity is significantly lower, considering the electric energy sources potential and its population of over 110 million. Even though Ethiopia's abundant electricity potential, it is estimated up to 60 GW and is the highest in Africa, the current production is only 4.3 GW thus only 7% is being utilised.

Ethiopia
4.3
GW installed
Germany
204
GW installed

Solar Irradiation

Ethiopia’s and Germany solar irradiation is similar. Giving its high potential for energy production from solar energy, Ethiopia is pursuing ambitious plans to harness this potential by large and medium scale solar energy projects through private sector. This brings along implementation challenges, but also potential for distributed energy solutions, for which Germany has significant experience to share.

Ethiopia
1900
per sqm per year
Germany
1200
per sqm per year

About the Energy Cooperation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Ethiopia's Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Dr. Seleshi Bekele on November 19, 2019 at the Chancellery in Berlin.

The Ethiopian-German Energy Cooperation was established in November 2019 with a joint declaration of intent between the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE) of the federal democratic republic of Ethiopia and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on the establishment of a project-based energy cooperation. This was in the sidelines of the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) summit.

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Milestones

19
November
2019
19 November 2019 Signing

Establishment of the Cooperation

On Nov 19, 2019, the Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, H.E. Dr. Seleshi Bekele, and the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, H.E. Peter Altmaier, signed a declaration of intent between the two governments. This marked the establishment of the project-based energy cooperation.

19
November
2019
19 November 2019 Signing

Ethiopia Electric Power and Voith has signed a comprehensive service and operations contract

Support the rehabilitation of existing large hydropower stations in Ethiopia in cooperation with the German private sector expertise.

17
June
2019
17 June 2019 The first Ethiopian Water and Energy Week

German delegation attended the first Ethiopian Water and Energy week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Energy (MoWIE) is organised the first Ethiopia Water and Energy Week (EWEW) from June 17-20, 2019 in Addis Ababa with the theme of “Transformation of Water and Energy sector for Ethiopia's New Horizon of Hope”.

Our Offer

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Support Policy Dialogue

The Ethiopian-German Energy Cooperation is a platform supporting strategic engagement and dialogue on energy matters. We prepare and facilitate exchanges and discussions. This is done by conceptualising and organising the exchange between relevant institutions in Germany and Ethiopia.

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Advise Decision Makers

With our unique energy expertise we provide political consultancy services on strategically relevant topics, including continuous counselling as well as preparing studies, analyses, workshops, and trainings.

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CONNECT BUSINESS AND POLITICS

We build bridges between politics and business, facilitate access to decision-makers and help you make your position being heard in the partnership countries.

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ENHANCE ENERGY TRANSITION COMMUNICATION

Clear communication translates undertakings into understanding. We communicate the German Energiewende (energy transition) here and there.

Events

01 September 2020

Innovation Competition Launch “Decentralised Energy Solutions in Ethiopia”

Official Virtual launch of the Ethiopian-German Energy Cooperation and Innovation competition on Decentralised Energy Solutions in Ethiopia.

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Media Elements

Brochure

Entrepreneurship Opportunities and Challenges in decentralized Energy Access in Ethiopia

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Role of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Decentralised Energy Access

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Conditions of Participation

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Partners

An Initiative by

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

www.bmwi.de

The core task of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is to invigorate the social market economy, stay innovative in the long term and strengthen the social fabric in Germany. The ministry has the legal, administrative and coordinating mandate to fulfil this mission, e.g. on energy.

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy

www.mowie.gov.et

The Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia is a federal government ministry established to undertake policy, relation management and implementation of water resources, water supply and sanitation, large and medium scale irrigation and energy.

Implemented by

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

www.giz.de

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) provides international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work. GIZ has more than 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas and works in more than 120 countries.