Germany

GE-8:Partnership for Climate Protection and Energy

Policy Description

In 2009, the German Government and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) launched a new partnership to jointly address the challenges of climate protection and improving energy efficiency in the German economy. Through the partnership, the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) is supporting a broad-based project being run by the DIHK and the German chambers of industry and commerce (IHKs).

Description

In 2009, the German Government and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) launched a new partnership to jointly address the challenges of climate protection and improving energy efficiency in the German economy. Through the partnership, the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) is supporting a broad-based project being run by the DIHK and the German chambers of industry and commerce (IHKs). The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the German Development Bank KfW Bankengruppe also provides funding to facilitate access to advice and consultation on energy efficiency to interested companies (see GE-7). These visits aim to recommend to the SMEs concerned to make use of energy consulting services They also had been providing low-interest loans from the Special Fund for Energy Efficiency in SMEs (see GE – 7). (*1)

The aim of the partnership is to encourage companies to greatly increase their investment in energy efficiency and climate protection projects that are already financially viable. The schemes operating via the partnership (see details below) are targeted directly at companies in order to create additional incentives for energy efficiency - which for many companies is a key factor in overcoming the current economic crisis more quickly and positioning themselves well in the subsequent competition.

The first pillar of the partnership is the launch of KLIMASCHUTZ UNTERNEHMEN (Companies for Climate Protection) - German industry's climate protection and energy efficiency coalition. Member companies commit to mainstreaming energy efficiency and climate protection in their corporate strategies, monitoring the savings made, and undertaking regular energy and/or GHG audits. Members of all different sizes and from as many sectors as possible serve as role models, showing that energy efficiency and climate protection pay off. With their examples of best practice, they are ideally placed to convince other firms of the benefits of energy efficiency and climate protection and encourage them to follow suit.

The second pillar of the partnership is an information and training programme from the DIKH and the German chambers of industry and commerce. The information programme encourages companies to explore energy efficiency and climate protection issues by facilitating on-site access to the chambers' “energy coaches” (or energy experts). As the key element of this process, the energy coaches undertake site visits and identify opportunities for companies to access energy efficiency advice and other appropriate support programmes, training or information events. The training programme provides grants to train company staff members as energy managers. [1]

Policy Information Expand this section for information on the key features of the policy, such as its date of introduction, categorization, main objective(s) and linkages with other policies.

Policy Categorisation

Policy Instrument Type: Information & Outreach

Position in the Pyramid

About Us

Participation: Voluntary

Period

Start Date: 2009

Policy Linkages

Supports EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) Effort Defining
Complements Energy advice for SMEs Supporting Measure

Agencies Responsible

Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), Federal Ministry of Environment (BMU)
KfW (German development Bank)
Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK)

Primary Objective: Energy

Objective

­- Encouraging energy efficiency improvement and technological progress ­- Tapping into the potential for climate protection and energy efficiency ­- Contributing to the country's overall goal of 40% greenhouse gas emission reduction.

Target Group

German industry

Driver of energy consumption or emissions affected by policy: Total emissions / Specific energy consumption / Knowledge level

Implementation Information Expand this section for information on targets, monitoring, verification and enforcement regimes, and implementation requirements and tools.

Coverage

unknown

Quantitative Target? no

Progress Monitored? yes

Verification Required? no

Enforced? no

Sanctions: None

Requirements on the Target Group

None

Support by Government

  • Organisation of free-of-charge information events on energy efficiency and climate protection
  • Providing and sharing know-how by sending updated information on climate change and energy efficiency.
  • Free-of-charge company visits by local chamber of commerce energy coaches to identify energy saving potentials, supported by a toolbox with services and information.
  • Low-cost training courses for energy managers.

Implementation Toolbox

  • Organisation of free-of-charge information events on energy efficiency and climate protection
  • Providing and sharing know-how by sending updated information on climate change and energy efficiency.
  • Free-of-charge company visits by local chamber of commerce energy coaches to identify energy saving potentials, supported by a toolbox with services and information.
  • Low-cost training courses for energy managers.

Complexity of Implementation

Government

building up expert knowledge at all local chambers of commerce

Target Group

free-of-charge information and low-cost education. No entrance barriers, no formal requirements to participation.

Impacts, Costs & Benefits Expand this section to find information on policy effectiveness and efficiency.

Impact Quantitative Estimate Qualitative Estimate
Estimated effect on energy consumption or emissions ­No information obtained ­No information obtained
Estimated costs/benefits for industry No information obtained, but given that all services are provided to participants free of charge and no investments are required the overall costs will be very low.
Estimated cost for government According to estimates by the KfW bank, the funds needed in 2010 would amount to EUR 12 million (for 6,000 initial advice services and 1,000 in-depth advice services); these funds are part of the draft budget. [2]

References & Footnotes

References

[1] BMU, German Government and DIHK launch "Partnership for Climate Protection, Energy Efficiency and Innovation", http://www.bmu-klimaschutzinitiative.de/en/for_industry_project1, accessed 16/2/2012.

[2] IEA Policies and Measures Database, Partnership for Climate Protection and Energy, http://www.iea.org/textbase/pm/?mode=pm&id=4461&action=detail, accessed 16/2/2012.

Footnotes

(*1) This supporting policy was known as “Special funds for Energy Efficiency in SMEs”. Since early 2012 it was changed to the energy advice program for SMEs (see GE-8), with similar activities and also funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and operated by the KfW Bank.