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UK and Germany partner to enhance renewable energy and improve energy security

Written by Wed 8 Nov 2023

The UK and Germany have made a pact to help secure safe, affordable, and clean energy for consumers in both nations. The collaboration seeks to enhance energy security in both countries.

This reaffirms the country’s shared commitment to net zero and progressing the energy transition.

“The UK and Germany agree on the importance of clean, affordable energy, and we both recognise its crucial role in growing our economies and guaranteeing national and global energy security,” said Claire Coutinho, Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Europe’s two largest economies have also reinforced commitments made under the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. 

The energy and climate partnership ensured that the countries will enhance cooperation in renewables, eliminate regulatory obstacles, and expedite the implementation of offshore hybrid projects. 

“Clean power generation is front and centre of the UK’s strategy to reach net zero by 2050. This partnership will support these aims by providing a blueprint on energy and climate between Europe’s two largest economies,” said Beverley Cornaby, Director of Policy and Systems Change Collaborations at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Industry knowledge and expertise to improve the exploration of carbon capture, utilisation, and storage, as well as best practices on industrial and buildings heat decarbonisation, energy efficiency, and net zero policies will also be shared.

“Germany and the UK face similar challenges. We have made good progress regarding the transition towards climate neutrality, but there is still a long path ahead of us. Cooperation with reliable partners can help all partners to advance not only faster, but better,” said Robert Habeck, German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

The partnership is expected to strengthen and promote regional and global energy security, including discussions on winter preparedness, security of infrastructure, and supply chains.

UK Builds on Past German Partnerships

The energy and climate partnership incorporates the UK and Germany hydrogen partnership signed by Lord Callanan in September. 

The partnership aims to accelerate the role of low-carbon hydrogen in both nations’ energy mix and commits to working together to develop the global hydrogen economy.

Germany was the UK’s second-largest trading partner in the four quarters to the end of Q1 2023, accounting for 8% of total UK trade. British and German companies are collaborating on joint projects in the North Sea, and both countries have committed to maximise their renewables potential. 

Around 75% of installed offshore wind capacity in the North Sea is in German and British waters. This is helping to drive the UK’s ambition for up to 50GW of offshore wind, including up to 5GW of floating offshore wind, by 2030. Germany is aiming at installing 30GW by 2030.

The first phase of major construction of the £2.4 billion ($2.9 billion) NeuConnect project was completed this week. The NeuConnect project will create the first subsea electricity cable between the UK and Germany.

The project has the potential to power up to 1.5 million homes in the UK and Germany with reliable, affordable, and clean energy.

The electricity cable will connect Kent and Wilhelmshaven with approximately 725km of land and subsea cables. On completion in 2028, it will be the second-longest UK electricity power line.

Another interconnector project connecting the UK to Germany is currently in development and awaiting regulatory approval from Ofgem.

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Written by Wed 8 Nov 2023

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