The German-Tunisian Energy Partnership

Germany and Tunisia work together to enhance their strategic and technical collaboration in the energy sector. The cooperation includes various fields, such as securing energy supply, supporting renewable energies, improving energy efficiency and grid development. Together, the partners are transforming their energy systems and opening up important new fields of business.

We support high-level political dialogue, encourage civil society activities, facilitate fertile business environments, enhance exchange of best practices and and convey the idea of energy transition.

Facts & Figures

Sunshine Hours per Year

Global demand for energy is steadily rising and requires new sources of energy production. Thanks to the continuous improvement of technologies, renewable energies become a progressively reliable alternative. However, most renewable energy sources depend on geographic conditions.


In this context, Tunisia can benefit from an impressive number of sunshine hours per year, much more than Germany.

Sunshine Hours per Year
Sunshine Hours per Year

Sources: GIZ; Statista

CO2 Emissions

The emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the main causes for global warming and therefore affects us all. A successful energy transition consists not only in extending our sources of renewable energy, but rethinking our way each one of us handles his or her energy consumption.


CO2 Emission Reduction Target 2030

A sustainable energy transition consists not only in the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but also demands a reduction of CO2 emissions. Germany as well as Tunisia set themselves ambitious targets for reducing their emission until 2030.


Sources: INDC Tunisia (2015); IEA (2015)

About the Energy Partnership

Panel & Discussion
Expert Panel during the seventh German-Tunisian Energy Day in Tunis in November 2017

Germany and Tunisia contribute actively to advance the energy transition on their respective continents. Both countries have an important potential for renewable energy. The Energy Partnership supports them in realizing this potential by encouraging knowledge exchange and coordinating various activities in the energy sector.

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"The German-Tunisian Energy Partnership can actively help to achieve our targets of reaching 30% renewables in the energy mix by 2030, as well as reducing the energy consumption by 30%."

M. Khaled Kaddour
Former minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies


The German-Tunisian energy partnership was established in 2012. The technical collaboration is organized along thematically organized task forces in which representatives of the government of both countries take part. Those experts treat a large spectrum of energy subjects.
Furthermore, the partnership disposes of a permanent German-Tunisian Secretariat in Tunis.

Impressions of the 8th German-Tunisian Energy Day
29 November 2018

Efficiency first: Energy Efficiency for a Sustainable Society

03 July 2018

High Level Meeting of the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership held in Berlin

29 November 2017 7th Tunisian-German Energy Day

Promoting the Energy Transition

Andreas Reinicke, Ambassador of the German Federal Republic and Héla Cheikhrouhou, Tunisian Minister of Energy
14 December 2016 6th Tunisian-German Energy Day

2nd Phase of Energy Transition


13 October 2019

Call for Applications for the Autumn School 2019 - open until 13.10.2019

What role do renewable energies play in Tunisia? What does energy efficiency mean?

These are some of the questions we would like to discuss with you in our autumn school for civil society.

The programme targets the Tunisian civil society, active in the energy sector and energy efficiency. In order to support the role of civil society organizations in promoting the energy transition, we want to spend four days working with you.

To apply consult the call for applications here (in French) and submit your application by e-mail to alina.steinborn(at) before the 13.10.2019 at 5pm.

Participation conditions and requirements:

  • Associations operating in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector (not more than 3 persons per association)
  • The candidate must demonstrate activities related to the objective of the autumn school
  • The candidate must have a good level of French, spoken and read

Please note that every application must contain the Formulaire No. 1 (in the Annexe), a cover letter describing the candidate's interest in attending the programme and proof of participation or contribution in activities in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This programme is carried out by the Tunisian-German Energy Partnership and mandated by the Ministry of Industry and SMEs (MIPME) and the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi).

Wind 0785 BMWi Fotopool
Renewable Energies and the role of the civil society
17 June 2019

Third training for journalists in the energy sector

The third training session for journalist’s capacity strengthening in the energy sector took place from 17th to 19th June 2019 in Tunis.

This session focused on the hydrocarbon sector and covered a multitude of controversial topics such as oil resources, the energy deficit and its influence on the trade balance, rising of prices and of the demand, the energy transition and the environmental issues.

In addition, the journalists had the opportunity to meet with the leaders of the key institutions of the sector, namely ETAP (Tunisian Company of Petroleum Activities), STIR (Tunisian Company of Refining Industries), SNDP (National Company of Oil Distribution - AGIL) and SITEP (Italian-Tunisian Petroleum Exploitation Company). The training was joined with a visit to the AGIL storage center located in the oil zone of Radès. It was followed by dynamic media coverage.

The training was organized by the Secretariat of the German-German-Energy Partnership, mandated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy together with the Tunisian Ministry of Industry and SMEs and implemented by the GIZ.

Participants of the training at the AGIL storage center in Radès
Participants of the training at the AGIL storage center in Radès
22 April 2019

Study trip on electric mobility in Germany

Tunisia is preparing for electric mobility!

During a study tour organized from the 22th to the 26th of April to Germany, participants from the Tunisian energy agency (ANME), the Tunisian Post, the National Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) and the National Engineering School of Tunis had the opportunity to exchange with representatives of the RWTH Aachen and public and private German actors on the theme of electric mobility.

During the visits, the participants had the opportunity to see examples of the development and fabrication of electric vehicles in Germany and even went for test drives. Visits included the RWTH University and Smartlab in Aachen, where research and its application for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure are developed. A highlight was the visit to the StreetScooter factory where electric cars for the German Post are produced. In Offenbach, representatives of the municipal utilities explained how the city is preparing for increased electric mobility and which role this technology can play for public transport. Several potential cooperation areas were identified between the Tunisian participants and the German interlocutors which are now being explored in order to determine possible applications for the Tunisian context.

The study tour was financed by the project Policy dialogue and knowledge management on low emission development strategies in the MENA region (DIAPOL), commissioned by BMU, and organized by the the Secretariat of the Tunisian-German Energy Partnership, commissioned by BMWi, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and SMEs and the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME)

Participants on the study trip to Germany, Offenbach
Participants on the study trip to Germany, Offenbach
09 April 2019

The German-Tunisian Energy Partnership at the #BETD2019

The 5th Berlin Energy Transiation Dialogue (BETD) took place between the 9th and the 10th April 2019. With more than 50 ministers and state secretaries, 100 high level speakers, 90 countries and 2.000 participants, the dialogue was continued on investment flows, system integration and long time scenarios against the backdrop of dynamic innovation and the digital transformation.

The Secretariat of the Tunisian-German Energy Partnership accompanied a Tunisian delegation headed by the Ministry of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to this event. In the margins of the conference, participants discussed with their political counterparts and the private sector their experiences, current developments and prospects for the energy transition in Tunisia and other countries.  

The event was supported by the Secretariat of the Tunisian-German Energy Partnership, mandated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with the Tunisian Ministry of Industry and SMEs.

Representatives of the Tunisian Delegation at the #BETD2019
Representatives of the Tunisian Delegation at the #BETD2019
13 March 2019

Second training for journalists in the energy sector

The second training session for journalists in the energy sector took place from 13th to 15th March in Tunis. This time, the training focused on the journalist's role in achieving energy efficiency.

During the training, a group of journalists from different regions had the opportunity to increase their technical and political knowledge on energy efficiency. The journalists gained an overview of the energy constraints of different sectors: building, transport and industry, and the instruments put in place to deal with them. A visit to a cogeneration unit in a pharmaceutical industry and a high-performance building, allowed participants to gain valuable insight.

This training was carried out by the Secretariat of the Tunisian- German Energy Partnership, mandated by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi), in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and SMEs in collaboration with CAPJC and ANME.

Visit of a cogeneration unit in Zaghouan
16 November 2018

Roundtable on the financing mechanisms for self-consumption photovoltaic projects

After numerous consultations with the private sector in Tunisia, several topics have been identified as obstacles to the development of renewable energies. This includes the uncertainties around financing mechanisms, a crucial element for project developers. In order to overcome this uncertainty, the Secretariat of the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership has organized a round table with the participation of the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) and in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Tunis Industry (CCIT). The event took place on friday 16th November 2018 in Tunis.

This roundtable brought together several German and Tunisian companies as well as banks and leasing institutions to present recent developments in project financing, exchange experiences and good practices in terms of compliance with eligibility criteria, acquire more experience in and get familiar with the implementation of sustainable energy policies and gather input from stakeholders in the field. It was also an opportunity to present the pilot scheme for the financing of photovoltaic projects.

23 October 2018

Training for journalists in the energy sector

In order to ensure reliable and accurate media coverage, the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership organized a training for journalists in the energy sector, with a joint funding by the project Support to implementation of the Tunisian Solar Plan, commissioned by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety. The event took place in Tunis from October 23rd untill 26th in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and SMEs and CAPJC.

During this training, journalists from Tunis and other regions had the opportunity to expand their technical and political knowledge by tracing the path of electricity, from production to consumption and billing. This theoretical knowledge was made more tangible during a field visit to the dispatch center, a gas station in Rades and a photovoltaic installation at ANME headquarters.

The certificates were handed over by the Minister of Industry and SMEs, Mr. Slim Feriani, who did us the honor to close this training.

We thank the contributors as well as the participants for their active participation, without which this training could not have been so successful!

Closing of the workshop by the minister of Industry and SMEsVisit to the dispatching center in Gabes
04 July 2018

Symposium on Renewable Energy Market Opportunities in Tunisia Followed by a B2B Event

Renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly important for energy supply in Tunisia. Reasons for this are the rising price of oil, the weakly diversified energy mix and the high solar and wind energy potential. Looking at the first half of 2018, a major movement towards renewable energy expansion can be seen. Two large tenders for several large and small projects with a total capacity of 564 MW for solar energy and 500 MW for wind power were published.

This symposium with B2B event takes place within the framework of the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership and is organized by the German-Tunisian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Tunisia) and MENA Projektpartner e.V., on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). The event is primarily aimed at German companies and representatives of German institutions. On the Tunisian side, representatives of the Ministry of Energy, representatives of the national electricity supplier, representatives of the national energy agency as well as experts and entrepreneurs who are interested in a cooperation with German companies will participate.

Interested companies can register with MENA-Projektpartner e.V. until June 20, 2018. Participation in the event is free of charge, a simultaneous translation in German and French will be provided.

Website of the event with program and registration:



MENA Business GmbH
Johannes Wingler
Tel.: 030-20 45 58 60

03 July 2018

High Level Meeting of the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership held in Berlin

The annual meeting of the steering committee of the German Tunisian Energy Partnership was held on 3 July in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Berlin. It was led by Thorsten Herdan, Head of Department of energy policy, heat and efficiency (BMWi) and the Director General for electricity and renewable energies of the Tunisian Ministry for Energy, Mining and Renewable Energy, Habib Zgoulli, as well as the Tunisian Ambassador, Ahmed Chafra. During this high level exchange on the recent developments on the Tunisian and German energy sector and during the subsequent following meeting of the working groups, notably, the latest achievements and next steps for the first tender rounds for small and large-scale renewable energy (wind and solar) projects were discussed and a pilot project in the field of e-mobility for Tunisia following a successful German example was formulated.

01 March 2018

Business Advisory Council Meeting

The “German Local Business Advisory Council” provides a permanent platform to discuss possible challenges and key topics of the German private sector in the energy field with governmental representatives. It allows for a continuous exchange of information, best industry practices, and other relevant points of view.

01 November 2017

7th Energy Day and Working Groups

The 7th Energy day took place in November 2017. About 180 participants representing government, companies and civil society were presented. The day before the Energy day, the working groups of the Energy Partnership met to discuss the activities that had taken place in 2017 and to talk about potential opportunities for future cooperation.

01 July 2017

Meeting of the Steering Committee

In July 2017, a Tunisian delegation travelled to Germany for the meeting of the high-level steering committee. The committee was headed by Moncef Harabi, CEO of the Tunisian national utility STEG, and Rainer Baake, former secretary of state in the German ministry for Economy and Energie. The Tunisian delegation was accompanied by a number of Tunisian enterprises which had the occasion to network with German companies during a B2B event.

News from other projects

24 July 2019

Publication of the EnR Guides

In order to facilitate access to information for developers, investors and national or international project leaders, a guide on renewable energy projects (RE) in Tunisia has been prepared. The RE Guide is published by the Ministry, you can prove to download it here:

The reader has the possibility to consult and download several formats of the guide:

  • A Detailed Guide, which gathers in a single document all the procedures and authorizations identified at the date of finalization of the guide, as well as useful information for the development of ENR projects in Tunisia;
  • A Summary Guide, which provides a general overview of the context, regimes and procedures applicable, as well as the investment framework. The reader can, if he/she wishes, go deeper into the different aspects of the Summary Guide by consulting the Detailed Guide;
  • A Summary Guide ENG, an English translation of the Summary Guide.

This guide specifically covers:

  • Wind and photovoltaic (PV) projects;
  • Installations connected to the Medium Voltage (MV) and High Voltage (HV) electrical networks;
  • Projects subject, under Law 12-2015, to the regimes of self-consumption (with or without transmission on the grid), authorisation and concessions as part of the total and exclusive sale of electricity to STEG for national needs.

For any information related to the guides, the reader can make a request to the following address: guide.enr(at)

Guide EnR (May 2019)
Guide EnR (May 2019)

"We want to accompany Tunisia on its way to accomplish a sustainable energy system. One of the key factors therefore is a stable and efficient legal framework to promote renewable energies."

Rainer Baake
Former State Secretary, Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

What We Can Do For You

Illustration of two people in dialogue in a green environment

Support Political Dialogue

The German-Tunisian Energy Partnership is a platform supporting a high-level intergovernmental dialogue on energy matters. We prepare and facilitate high-level meetings. We support the implementation of agreed activities. We organize the exchange between relevant institutions in Germany and Tunisia.

Illustration of 2 people at a desk, talking with chat symbols above their heads

Promote Best-Practice Exchange

Nobody is forced to repeat the mistake of the other. To learn from one another is therefore key to the German-Tunisian Energy Partnership. We arrange and accompany expert delegations. We organize workshops and trainings-on-the-job. All for the sake of promoting what is already there: best-practice.

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Connect Business and Politics

We build bridges between politics and business, facilitate access to decision-makers and help you make your position being heard in the partnership countries

Illustration of a man and a woman with camera and microphone on the left conducting an interview with a man and a woman on the right.

Enhance Energy Transition Communication

Clear communication translates endeavors into understanding. We communicate about the Energiewende through various channels. Here and there. Online and offline

Media Elements


Call for Applications - Autumn School 2019 (FR)


Factsheet - Cluster climate and energy (FR)


Factsheet - Management and Destruction of SACO (FR)


Factsheet - Strengthening the local market (FR)


Factsheet - Promotion of the role of women in the energy sector (ENG)


Factsheet - Energy efficiency in buidlings (ENG)



An Initiative by

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

The central task of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is to reinvigorate the social market economy, allowing it to stay innovative in the long term and strengthen Germany’s social fabric. The Ministry has the legal, administrative and coordinating mandate to fulfill this mission, e.g. in the area of energy.

Tunisian Ministry for Industry and SME

The Tunisian Ministry for Industry and SME's mission is to develop and implement government policy in the areas of industry, agri-food, industry-related services, energy, mining, industrial cooperation and industrial, energy and mining safety.

Implemented by

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) provides international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work. It is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas.

In Cooperation with

National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME)

The National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME) was founded in 1985. Its mission is to execute the states policy in the field of energy.

Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas (STEG)

The Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas (STEG) was founded in 1962 to harmonise the Tunisian energy sector in terms of electricity and gas. STEG represents the system operator and grid owner in Tunisia. Among its tasks, STEG produces electricity and operates the transmission and distribution grid. STEG represents a main player in implementing the National Strategy of Renewable Energies and Energy Effieincy in Tunisia.

The German KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) is the world largest national development bank.

German-Tunisian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK)

AHK advises, supports and represents German companies worldwide that wish to develop or expand their business activities abroad. AHKs are institutions of German foreign trade promotion.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The central task of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is to reinvigorate the social market economy, stay innovative in the long term and strengthen the social fabric in Germany. The Ministry has the necessary legal, administrative and coordinating mandate to fulfil this mission, e.g. in the area of energy.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

For more than 30 years, the Ministry has worked to protect the public from environmental toxins and radiation and establish an intelligent and efficient use of raw materials; it has advanced climate action and promoted a use of natural resources that conserves biodiversity and secures habitats.

Federal Foreign Office

The Federal Foreign Office represents Germany’s interests to the world. It promotes international exchange and offers protection and assistance to Germans abroad.