State Secretary Rainer Baake (r) and Tunisia's Energy Minister Mongi Marzoug (l); source: BMWi/Susanne Eriksson

State Secretary Rainer Baake (r) and Tunisia's Energy Minister Mongi Marzoug (l)

© BMWi/Susanne Eriksson

Rainer Baake, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, today received Tunisia's Energy Minister Mongi Marzoug for the meeting of the steering committee of the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership.

Tunisia aims to raise the share of renewables in its energy supply to 30% by 2030. For this purpose, Tunisia has adopted a law on renewable energy sources. In the context of the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership, which was launched in 2012, the German federal government is helping Tunisia to reach its ambitious targets in the energy sector and to put the necessary policies in place.

State Secretary Baake said: "Energy policy-makers worldwide are facing the challenge of decarbonising their energy systems to reach the targets set out in the Paris climate agreement. More and more emerging economies and developing countries with rapidly rising energy consumption are becoming aware of the economic opportunities arising from an early move towards more renewable energies and energy efficiency. However, for the necessary transformation of the energy systems to take place efficiently, clear policies need to be rolled out as soon as possible in view of the long investment cycles in the energy sector. I am delighted that we can use our energy partnership to support Tunisia in this.”

The German-Tunisian Energy Partnership was set up back in 2012. It is managed by a high-ranking steering committee at government level. The cooperation at expert level takes place in thematic working groups involving government and industry representatives from both sides. They deal with a broad range of energy and climate issues, including at present topics regarding legislation, market development and the regulation of the energy sector. Technical and socio-economic aspects of renewable energies and their impact on climate policies are also an important issue in the context of the cooperation.

The permanent Secretariat of the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership is based in the Tunisian Energy Ministry. It provides support to the Partnership's bodies regarding organisational matters and content and serves as point of contact especially for companies.