The Jordanian-German Energy Partnership is commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the lead executing agency is the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR).
The Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany signed a Joint Declaration of Intent (JDoI) to establish an energy partnership in April 2019. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to support the establishment and implementation of energy partnerships in a number of countries, including Jordan.
Jordan has made remarkable progress in the field of renewable energy over the past few years. The country has witnessed a rapid rise in installed solar power capacity and its share to the grid, contributing less than 1% in 2012 and growing to roughly 20% by the end of 2020; making Jordan one of the leading countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in renewable energy adoption and clean energy growth.
Germany has strong experience in the development of a mature renewable energy market as a result of its energy transition experience. Thus, the Jordanian-German Energy Partnership offers a particularly well-suited platform for cooperation and knowledge exchange on renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as all other aspects of innovative energy policy.
The main objective of the Energy Partnership is to stimulate the exchange of experience in order to improve and develop sustainable energy infrastructure, in particular through the increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Within the framework of the Energy Partnership, it is thus envisioned to share information on and support of developments for the renewable energy sector and energy efficiency in Jordan. This will be done by the Energy Partnership in its role as a platform for knowledge exchange and through the support and coordination of dialogue between stakeholders.
BMWK and MEMR decided on a number of priority areas for the cooperation to focus their ongoing and future work on, including:
- Establishing the Energy Academy of Germany and Jordan
- Establishing the Jordanian-German Energy Business Council
- Supporting the role of women in the energy sector
- Organising workshops regarding grid development, smart metering, digitization, and market liberalisation
- Launching an Innovation Lab for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
- Supporting and updating the Jordan National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP)
- Developing a strategy to improve the electricity grid’s capacities to integrate renewable energy
- Encouraging expert exchange
This project essentially contributes to both countries, learning from each other’s experience in the energy transition. In this way, Jordanian experts can be made aware of the challenges that the country faces during its transition.
In addition, training sessions are often conducted for the staff of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources along with regularly arranged government meetings meant to enable intensive political and professional exchange between German and Jordanian decision-makers.