The Turkish-German Energy Partnership

The Turkish-German Energy Partnership strengthens ties between Germany and Türkiye to support the energy transition and to tackle climate change. Renewable energy, energy efficiency, flexibility and the development of energy markets are crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge between policymakers, businesses, science and civil society where stakeholders and ideas for the transformation of the energy system come together.

Facts & Figures


The population sizes of Türkiye and Germany are very similar.

in 2022
in 2022

2023; Source: Türkiye: TUIK Germany: destatis


Share of renewable energy in electricity generation

Renewable electricity generation is vital for ensuring a successful energy transition. Renewable energies represent an increasingly high share of Türkiye's and Germany's energy sources. While hydropower is the main source of renewable energy in Türkiye, wind power has the highest share in Germany.

42.5 %
46.2 %

2022, Source: Turkey: Shura; 2023, Germany: AGEE-Stat


Total final energy consumption

Reducing final energy consumption is important for reducing carbon emissions. Energy consumption is linked to economic development but it can be decoupled by improving energy efficiency.


2022, Source: Türkiye, Germany: EnerData

CO2 - emissions

Efficiency improvements and high shares of renewable energy contribute to decoupling economic growth from CO2 emissions. Germany’s CO2 emissions are higher than those of Türkiye and are declining, while Türkiye’s emissions are lower but are increasing with its economic development. The energy transition provides an opportunity for sustained economic growth without further increases in carbon emissions.

t per capita in 2022
kg / 2015 US $ in 2022
t per capita in 2022
kg / 2015 US $ in 2022

2022; Source;Türkiye; IEA2022; Source;Türkiye; IEA Germany: IEA

About the Energy Partnership

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Since 2012, the Turkish-German Energy Forum has been supporting the exchange of knowledge and ideas between policymakers, businesses, science and civil society, bringing together people and ideas to support the transformation of the energy system. The cooperation has intensified since 2018 and now encompasses five working groups.


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27 October 2023

5th Turkish-German Energy Forum

The Turkish-German Energy Forum is the central platform for dialogue of the Turkish-German Energy Partnership. The Forum brings together stakeholders from politics, business, science and civil society to discuss the transformation of the energy systems towards climate neutrality in Türkiye and Germany.

11 October 2022

4th Turkish-German Energy Forum

The Turkish-German Energy Forum is the central platform for dialogue of the Turkish-German Energy Partnership. The Forum brings together stakeholders from politics, business, science and civil society to discuss the transformation of the energy systems towards climate neutrality in Türkiye and Germany.

08 June 2022

Release Event: Handbook on Planning and Operation of an E-Mobility Infrastructure

Additional load increases on electricity grids are highly likely as the number of electric vehicles grows. This is a challenging task for DSOs, as it requires new methods for both grid planning and grid operation. The release event will present a handbook outlining best practice examples and guidelines for integrating EVs.

24 May 2022

H2Global Information Event

The funding-program H2Global, set up by the German Federal Government, aims to support green hydrogen projects globally. The information-event gives an overview of the funding program and its conditions.

02 June 2021

3rd Turkish-German Energy Forum

The Turkish-German Energy Forum on 2 June 2021 brought together 450 stakeholders from politics, industry, science and civil society to discuss the transformation of the energy system in Türkiye and Germany, and to explore further opportunities for collaboration.

26 October 2018

2nd Turkish-German Energy Forum

The second Turkish-German Energy Forum was held on 26 October 2018 in Ankara. With the signing of a Letter of Intent by the energy ministers of both countries, it launched a closer collaboration on energy and the transformation of the energy system in Germany and Türkiye.

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Five Working Groups

Working Group 1: Renewable Energy

Increasing renewable energy generation is the core task of the energy transition. To reach climate neutrality, almost all energy has to come from renewable sources. Türkiye and Germany both already have a high share of electricity from renewable sources and a high potential for further expansion. In Türkiye, the conditions for solar energy, wind, as well as geothermal-, and hydropower are especially favourable.

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Working Group 2: Energy Efficiency

The efficient use of energy decreases costs and facilitates the decoupling of economic growth from CO2 emissions. Therefore, it plays an important role in decreasing CO2 emissions and fighting climate change. Efficiency gains require smart concepts and sustained investments in buildings, infrastructure and production facilities by the government, businesses, and private citizens. The working group explores how instruments and support mechanisms can incentivise further investment in energy efficiency.

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Working Group 3: Energy Infrastructure and Sector Coupling

A successful energy transition in all sectors requires the interconnection of energy generation, industry, mobility and buildings. To make this possible, the energy system and its infrastructure have to change: Flexibility has to be increased, e.g. with storage systems or by using demand-side flexibility; charging stations for electric vehicles have to be integrated into the system; hydrogen will function as a link between the sectors.

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Working Group 4: Regulation of Electricity and Gas Markets

Energy markets allocate resources and efficiently match supply and demand. Market design and regulations have a major impact on the efficiency of the market and investment decisions. A well-designed market contributes to the integration of large numbers of small generation facilities, low prices and security of supply. A better understanding of the respective domestic markets also helps businesses in both countries identify business opportunities.

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Working Group 5: Flexibility of Existing Thermal Power Plants

Since electricity supply and demand must be balanced at all times, a rising share of variable renewable energy requires energy system flexibility. Existing thermal power plants constitute an important source of flexibility. Therefore, the flexible operation of these plants is key for the efficient system integration of variable renewable energy.

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What We Can Do For You

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Support Political Dialogue

The German-Turkish Energy Partnership supports high-level intergovernmental dialogue on energy matters. We prepare and facilitate high-level meetings. We organise exchanges between institutions in Germany and Türkiye.

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Promote the Exchange of Best Practices

Learning from one another is key in the German-Turkish Energy Partnership. We arrange and accompany expert delegations. We organise workshops and on-the-job training – all for the sake of promoting what is already there: best practices.

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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 heard in the partnership countries.

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Enhance Communication on the Energy Transition

Clear communication facilitates understanding. We communicate on the energy transition.

Media Elements


Energy and climate partnerships and energy dialogues - 2022 annual report

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Support Mechanisms for International Hydrogen Projects by the German Government

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Handbook on Planning and Operating an E-Mobility Infrastructure

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Flexibility for the Turkish and German Electricity Grids

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German Experiences with Large Scale Batteries

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An Initiative by

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

The major trends of the 21st century – globalization, digitisation, demographic change, the development of the EU, climate change, and the energy transition – are important challenges for German business to tackle. To successfully address them, our social market economy needs to be made fit for the future. This is the over-arching task for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

The Ministry creates a reliable future in energy and natural resources and contributes to national welfare by utilising energy and natural resources in the most efficient and environmentally conscious manner.

Implemented by

Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena)

dena is Germany’s centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. As the “Agency for the Applied Energy Transition”, dena contributes to attaining energy and climate policy objectives. dena develops solutions and puts them into practice, both nationally and internationally.

German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Turkey)

The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Turkey) is part of a worldwide network of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce abroad with 140 locations in 92 countries. It was founded in 1994 and supports more than 900 member companies with their international business as an important platform for bilateral business exchange.

In Cooperation with

Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency)

The Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway) is a separate higher federal authority within the scope of business of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA-EPDK)

The Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA-EPDK) is an autonomous legal entity responsible for regulating and monitoring electricity, natural gas, petroleum and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) markets.

VGB PowerTech e.V.

VGB is the international technical association of energy plant operators. Its members operate worldwide facilities for the generation of power, heat and cooling as well as for energy storage and sector coupling.

Elektrik Üretim A.Ş. (EÜAŞ)

EÜAŞ is a public institution established in Türkiye within the framework of the principles of profitability and efficiency for the purpose of producing and selling safe, continuous, high quality, efficient, low-cost, environmentally friendly electrical energy, taking into account the public interest.