In 2017, Germany and Australia signed a formal agreement to strengthen cooperation in the field of energy resources. Since 2022, this energy partnership is supported by the German Secretariat for the Energy Cooperation with Australia and New Zealand established in Sydney, Australia, which coordinates all bilateral activities within this framework with the support of RENAC, adelphi, and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The focal points of the energy cooperation currently include hydrogen, energy efficiency, the integration of renewable energy, and power system resilience.
As part of this consortium, RENAC organises delegation trips for Australian stakeholders and delegates to Germany. The delegation trips take place as in-person events in Berlin and surrounding cities in Germany as well as dynamic multiday, virtual events.
In 2022, RENAC organised two delegation trips for high-ranking Australian stakeholders to meet with experts from Germany and discuss energy efficiency in buildings and energy transition in the power sector. These two areas were identified as key topics for the bilateral dialogue. For more information, see below.
"I participated in this delegation tour to learn and share in-depth knowledge and insights on energy efficiency policy in Germany. I was also keen to connect with experienced professionals in this space and fellow energy efficiency advocates, so that together we could contribute to building a stronger energy efficiency policy landscape in Australia. The trip has definitely allowed me to fulfil both goals, enabling us to gain invaluable knowledge and insights from experts on the ground - the kind of knowledge sharing that is impossible to achieve through desktop research - and to have a deep connection and strategic thinking about what we were learning and what it meant for Australia. The most insightful for me was the detailed briefings we got from public servants and KfW experts on energy efficiency policy, which have hugely informed our thinking about Australia's dynamic policy landscape in this space."
Margot Delafoulhouze, Australia, Cities System Lead, Climateworks Centre, 2022
"A well-organised and concise trip to learn about the challenges and developments in the German energy sector. Good takeaways for what we can apply in Australia—and also where Germany can learn from the Australian experience. Well organised and executed, RENAC team!"
Jan Rieche, Australia, Executive Manager Regulatory Strategy and Policy, H2U - The Hydrogen Utility 2022
"I was honoured to spend time with my Australian and German colleagues—relationships were strengthened and collaborations were formed. It was inspiring to hear honest accounts of our German colleagues' experiences and ambitious targets. RENAC enabled us to fully immerse ourselves in the learnings as well as enjoy the wonders of Berlin. I can't wait to return."
Karla Fox-Reynolds, Australia, Principal Innovation Projects, Climate-KIC Australia, 2022
"I would like to thank RENAC and the German Government for hosting the other Australian delegates and me on our trip to Germany in June 2022. I recommend that anyone working towards a net zero policy in buildings join an expert exchange with RENAC. There were so many benefits from this delegation. I not only learnt from German policymakers and organisations but had the time and opportunity to learn from the other Australian delegates throughout the trip. I now have the confidence to use case studies from Germany to inform my work in Australia."
Rachel Haley, Australia, Manager, Sustainable Homes, Office of Energy and Climate Change, NSW Treasury, 2022
"I participated in the delegation tour because I believe that we should learn how other countries approach the same climate problem - in my case, that was the decarbonisation of residential properties. RENAC did a lot of planning and organised all the logistics so that I could have an effortless tour. I appreciated the thoughtfulness of the program, which was designed to give me a well-rounded view of energy efficiency in residential buildings in Germany. The tour provided me with new ideas and invaluable insights into the energy transition program in Germany within the European context."
Grace Tam, Australia, Director, Investments, Debt Markets, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, 2022
"The RENAC team developed a wonderfully engaging program for our Australian delegation that I will always remember. I left the week with a true sense of the German energy journey."
Ben Skinner, Australia, General Manager Policy & Research, Australian Energy Council, 2022
"I thoroughly enjoyed the recent expert delegation to Berlin. It was brilliantly organised by RENAC and provided an excellent opportunity to meet German and Australian energy experts to discuss challenges with the energy transformation in the two countries."
Reinhard Struve, Australia, Manager Infrastructure, Department for Energy and Mining, South Australia, 2022
"The delegation organised by RENAC was an amazing experience to meet local experts across government and industry to discuss policy, technology and regulatory settings that are common global issues. Using their extensive network, RENAC was able to coordinate and pull together a seamless few days where we could easily get into the discussions relevant to our group. It was a great opportunity to make new connections not only locally but also amongst our delegation."
Adam Clarke, Australia, Manager of Planning and Policy, Energy Corporation of NSW, NSW Government, 2022