Conference: “Powering the energy transition – The role of renewable energy and energy efficiency” September 2017

GIZ Turkey provided substantial input through the BMU Project Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Turkey to a two-day conference entitled “Powering the energy transition – The role of renewable energy and energy efficiency”, organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ankara and DAAD in collaboration with Middle East Technical University and Ankara University.

The two-day conference aimed at bringing a piece of the German energy transition to Turkey and discussing what can be transferred to Turkey beneficially, through cross-connecting the public, private and academic sectors of both countries. Additionally, one of the key aspects of the event was to foster future cooperation in research and development in the field of sustainable energy. The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Martin Erdmann, also referred to this issue in his opening speech, in which he emphasized that Turkey and Germany should go hand-in hand to create solutions together.

Furthermore, the conference provided PhD-candidates and post-docs with the opportunity to present their research and innovation projects in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency in the form of posters. Overall 10 submissions were made to the conference and three best contributions were presented with awards.

GIZ made a significant contribution to the event by arranging guest-speakers from German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Fraunhofer Institute for Buildings Physics and Agora Energiewende. Also, programme director of the project Alexander Haack was engaged in the conference as a moderator in Energy Efficiency panel. 

With around 200 participants, the conference was well-received by participants and the media and a follow-up event is also planned.

Pictures: Project for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Turkey, © GIZ