To enhance and deepen cooperation between India and Germany in the energy sector, the German Chancellor and the Indian Prime Minister established the Indo-German Energy Forum in 2006. The IGEF provides a dialogue platform for high-level decision-makers in government, financial institutions and industry under the leadership of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Indian Ministry of Power (MoP). The IGEF aims to facilitate a constructive dialogue between decision-makers in government and industry on all important topics related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy security, investment in energy projects as well as collaborative research and development. The Forum meets yearly at state secretary level.
On a working level, thematic subgroups convene regular meetings. For this reason, several other relevant ministries are also involved, such as Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Due to the importance of the Green Energy Corridors a specific subgroup has been established to deal with particular issues of large scale renewable energy integration into the Indian grid which is chaired by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Indian Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance (MoF).
A Forum secretariat, under the name of IGEF Support Office, is jointly operated by GIZ, KfW and the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The Support Office, operational in New Delhi and Berlin, provides liaison services for all stakeholders.
Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF)
The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) was set up to enhance and deepen cooperation in the energy sector between India and Germany. Click here to know more.