Both Pakistan and Germany are engaged in a shared mission: to drive forward the energy transition and promote a significant increase in energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies. In order to deliver on their international commitments, both countries are transforming their energy systems and exploring prospective avenues for sustainable and innovative business fields.
As international cooperation and knowledge transfer are crucial for the success of the global energy transition, Pakistan and Germany have decided to further deepen their energy sector collaboration by establishing the Pakistan-German Renewable Energy Forum (PGREF). This setup enables an exchange of best practices and experiences between key stakeholders, aiming to address common challenges and provide technological and economic solutions for the massive shift towards renewables.
PGREF provides a dialogue platform for high-level policy-makers, financial institutions, industry representatives, research organisations and civil society to deepen and enhance the bilateral cooperation for the energy transition in both Pakistan and Germany. The forum enables stakeholders to initiate and manage a successful and sustainable transition of the energy sector towards a system based on energy efficiency and renewable energies. PGREF also focuses on improving energy security, promoting climate protection and reducing dependence on conventional energy sources.
To implement PGREF, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Pakistan Federal Ministry of Energy, represented by the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Both countries have also agreed to establish a High-Level Steering Committee.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been commissioned with the implementation of PGREF and has set-up a focal point within the GIZ office in Islamabad. GIZ therefore serves as a point of contact and coordination regarding the activities of PGREF. Thematic PGREF working groups will be formed in the near future to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise regarding specific aspects of the energy transition.