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On the margins of this year’s Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, State Secretary Rainer Baake and his Australian counterpart Gordon de Brouwer signed a declaration of intent today on closer institutionalised cooperation between the federal governments of Germany and Australia in the fields of energy and raw materials.

The main focus of the new working group is a dialogue on long-term energy strategies in both countries with a view to promoting and accelerating the shift to an environmentally friendly, secure and affordable energy supply. A regular exchange of experience and best practices will enable both governments to boost energy productivity, to foster the expansion of renewable energy, to put stable investment conditions in place, and to improve security of supply via a diversification of energy sources.

In addition to questions of climate change, discussions are also to cover ways to work more closely together on the market and system integration of high shares of renewable energy, on energy research, and on the commodities trade.

The working group, for which the lead responsibility rests with Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy, is open to further participants from the respective governments and administrations, business and research communities.

State Secretary Baake said: “I am glad that the establishment of our working group has enabled us to implement what the Economic Affairs Ministry regards as one of the key recommendations of the high-level German-Australian advisory group. As highly developed and high-tech economies, Australia and Germany can learn a lot from each other in the crucial field of energy and raw materials supply. An in-depth dialogue, particularly in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency, can enable us to attain our ambitious energy and climate targets more quickly and more cost-efficiently. Together, we wish to put appropriate policies in place to incentivise the investments in technology that we need to attain these targets and to permit open and fair trading in energy and raw materials.”

The first working session within the energy partnership is likely to be held in Hamburg in May 2017.

You can find out more about the current German energy policy in the fortnightly Newsletter "Energiewende direkt".