The Korean-German Energy Partnership

The energy partnership between Korea and Germany aims to strengthen the bilateral cooperation on topics such as the expansion and system integration of renewable energies, the acceptance of the energy transition, energy efficiency, nuclear decommissioning and innovative technologies such as smart grids, energy storage systems and green hydrogen.

We facilitate a high level political and multi stakeholder exchange to accelerate the energy transition in Germany and the Republic of Korea.

Facts & Figures

Renewables’ share in electricity generation

While the start of Germany’s energy transition reaches back to the 1990s, Korea started to transform its energy system in 2017. Both countries are committed to further increase the share of renewables. Germany targets a 65% share by 2030, and Korea plans a renewables’ share in electricity generation of 25.8% by 2034.

Republic of Korea
8 %
46 %

2030 emission reduction target

Both countries are committed to the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C. Korea’s NDC stipulate a 24.4% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 (vs. 2017). Germany targets to reduce its GHG emissions by at least 55% until 2030 (vs. 1990). This target was inscribed in the Federal Climate Change Act in 2019 and is thus legally binding. Both countries seek to become greenhouse gas neutral by 2050.

Republic of Korea
40 %
55 %

Total final energy consumption

Korea and Germany consume high amounts of energy. For both countries the reduction of energy consumption represents a crucial policy goal: Koreas aims at reducing final energy consumption by 14.4% until 2030, and by 18.6% until 2040 (vs. BAU). Germany targets a 30% and 50% reduction of primary energy consumption by 2030 and 2050, respectively, as compared to 2008.

Republic of Korea

Installed wind capacity

Wind energy plays a key role in the energy transition of both countries. In 2019, wind energy accounted for 24.5% of Germany’s power generation. 53,913 MW of onshore and 7,493 MW of offshore wind capacity have been installed. Korea stipulates to increase its offshore wind capacity to 12 GW by 2030. By 2019, 1,420 MW of onshore and 73 MW of offshore capacity have been installed.

Republic of Korea

Both countries (2019)

Source: Global Wind Energy Council (2020)

GDP per capita

Korea and Germany are both high-income countries in international comparison.

Republic of Korea

Both countries (2019)

Source: World Bank Database (2020)

About the Energy Partnership

Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Yunmo Sung, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, after signing the joint declaration of intent.
Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Yunmo Sung, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, after signing the joint declaration of intent. © BMWi/ Eriksson

To accelerate the energy transition in both countries and contribute to global decarbonisation, Germany and Korea decided to further deepen their bilateral collaboration. In December 2019, Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and Yunmo Sung, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), signed a joint declaration of intent for the establishment of the Korean-German Energy Partnership. The Partnership operates with three Working Groups, which focus on Energy Transition, New Green Energy Technologies and Nuclear Decommissioning.


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“Germany and Korea face similar challenges and opportunities within their energy transitions. The Energy Partnership allows for a deep cooperation in overcoming these challenges and in yielding the benefits for the Korean and German society and economy.”


Since its establishment in December 2019, the Korean-German Energy Partnership has gained strong momentum. During high-level and working group meetings, representatives from both partner ministries jointly shaped the partnership’s design and defined its focal topics. Multi-stakeholder events such as the Korean-German Energy Day enabled experts from politics, business and academia to engage in a fruitful exchange on solutions for a successful energy transition.

25 July 2022 July 2022

2nd Meeting of the WG1 to energy effiency and offshore wind power

On 25 July, the 2nd meeting of Working Group 1 (Energy Transition) took place, focusing on the topics of offshore wind power and energy efficiency. The meeting was opened with two short presentations by BMWK and MOTIE, each providing up-to-date insights into energy policy developments in Germany and Korea. Both presentations highlighted the recent changes in government: Climate protection is now the responsibility of the BMWK (previously BMWi) and the new Korean government is focusing on a revival of nuclear energy.

15 March 2022 Working Group Meeting

3rd Meeting WG "New Green Energy Technologies"

It was great to host the third meeting of the Working Group New Green Energy Technologies, which in particular looks at green hydrogen technologies. The meeting focused on offering updates on the hydrogen landscape, including the development of funding and business opportunities, as well as emphasizing potential collaboration opportunities between Germany and Korea. The role hydrogen can play in the steel industry was highlighted via a presentation from Agora Industry. Low-carbon hydrogen technologies should be ready for implementation in the steel industry within the next few years. Further presentations on these topics sparked discussions between the participants, which included: MOTIE, BMWK, KEEI, NOW, Agora Industry, KETEP, H2Korea, Fraunhofer IMWS, German Embassy Seoul, KGCCI, adelphi and the Korean Embassy Berlin. As ever, the meeting highlighted the importance of international collaboration and exchange, as well as the need to act quickly and determinately to implement green hydrogen solutions that can contribute to the Energy Transition! We are looking forward to seeing further joint progress from Germany and Korea!

28 April 2021 Working Group Meeting

2nd Meeting WG "New Green Energy Technologies"

During the second working group meeting of WG 2 (New Green Energy Technologies) at the end of April 2021, possibilities for cooperation projects in the field of green hydrogen were discussed.

Mr. Young-joon Joo, Deputy Minister for Energy and Resources (MOTIE) and Mr. Thorsten Herdan, Director General, Energy Policy (BMWi) during their keynote speeches.
07 December 2020 Conference

3rd Korean-German Energy Day

07.12. - 09.12.2020

Participants from MOTIE, BMWi, NOW, KGCCI and adelphi at the 1st meeting of the WG on New Green Energy Technologies.
08 October 2020 Working Group Meeting

1st Meeting of the Working Group on New Green Energy Technologies

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03 September 2020 Working Group Meeting

1st Energy Transition Working Group Meeting

Young-joon Joo, Deputy Minister for Energy and Resources (MOTIE), and Mr. Thorsten Herdan, Director General, Energy Policy (BMWi), sign the roadmap during a video conference.
12 May 2020 High-level meeting

Signing of the Roadmap for the Energy Partnership

Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Yunmo Sung, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, after signing the joint declaration of intent.
10 December 2019 High-level meeting

Signing of the Energy Partnership

What We Can Do For You

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Support Political Dialogue

The Korean-German Energy Partnership is a platform supporting a high-level intergovernmental dialogue on energy matters. We prepare and facilitate high-level and working level policy meetings and organize the exchange between relevant institutions in Germany and Korea.

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Promote Best-Practice Exchange

Both countries account for a vast stock of experience. To value what is already there and mutually learn from each other is therefore key to the Korean-German Energy Partnership. We arrange and accompany expert delegations and dialogues.

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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.

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Enhance Energy Transition Communication

Clear communication translates undertakings into understanding. We communicate the Energiewende here and there.


23 November 2022

Online lecture on the decarbonization of heating in Germany and Korea

Coming Soon: Korean-German online lecture on the decarbonization of heating in Germany and Korea. 

07 December 2022

4th Korean-German Energy Day

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) will co-host the 4th Korean German Energy Day on th 7th December 2022. The event will be held in presence at the Vienna House Adels in Berlin, Germany. This year’s Korean German Energy Day will explore the opportunities and challenges of pursuing a Net Zero energy system given the current state of global energy insecurity. Thus, the central theme of the conference is "Net Zero: Embrace the Opportunities of the Energy Transition".

For registration and more information on the program and venue, please follow the link here:

17 October 2022

Korean German Business Forum on Offshore Wind

Coming soon: The Korean German Business Forum on Offshore Wind. Organized by German Embassy in Seoul with support by the Energy Partnership Team, in Seoul.

28 September 2022

3rd Germany-Korea Hydrogen Conference

German and Korean experts from industry, science and politics joined the 3rd Germany-Korea Hydrogen Conference to discuss topics concerning international hydrogen economy and policy,  import logistics and value chains, safety in logistics, and further key topics about hydrogen.

The 3rd Germany-Korea Hydrogen Conference took place in Berlin over two days from the 27th to the 28th of September 2022. The focus of the conference was on hydrogen, as Korea and Germany are set to become major net importers of hydrogen and face similar challenges in terms of transport and logistics. This makes green hydrogen a cornerstone of the energy transition and decarbonisation. Experts from politics and science presented potentials and challenges for the development of a hydrogen economy in Korea and Germany. The first session focused on the importance of increased cooperation between the two countries based on shared values and strong trade relations. A good example of this cooperation and highlight of the conference was the signing of the cooperation agreement on the new Fraunhofer Hydrogen Innovation Platform at KENTECH University in Korea.

As part of the conference, the Korean-German Energy Partnership team at adelphi, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IMWS and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, organised a tour of the Leuna Chemical Park for interested Korean participants. The tour started at the hydrogen laboratory of Fraunhofer IWES and the chemical complex of Linde with a hydrogen liquefier and electrolyser, to learn more about the research, production and use of hydrogen. The visit concluded at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP for further insights into the development and scaling-up of PtX processes.

The conference was organised as part of the H2DeKo research project of the Fraunhofer IMWS in collaboration with Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and the Korea Institute of Energy Technology (KENTECH). The research takes place in close partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK), MOTIE, the Fraunhofer Representative Office Korea, the Korean German Energy Partnership team and H2KOREA.

06 September 2022

12th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum (EEDF)

More than 90% of the population in Japan and 75% in Germany live in cities. Urban infrastructure is significantly affected by climate change. Cities - both metropolitan areas and municipalities - can provide a response to the impacts of climate change and make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Many cities in Japan and Germany have already set ambitious targets for climate neutrality and activities for the transition to climate-friendly, resilient and liveable cities.

Against this backdrop, the 12th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum (EEDF) provided  insightsinto policy measures to support cities on their way to "Net Zero". Stakeholders from cities and municipalities as well as from industry and science  presented examples of concepts, best practices, demonstration projects and innovative technologies in Germany and Japan for smart grids, use of renewable energy and hydrogen, mobility concepts, district heating andurban circular economy  to achieve the common goal of “Net Zero”.

28 June 2022

WG2: Business Roundtable "Green Hydrogen"

On 28 June, the Korean-German Energy Partnership hosted an insightful business roundtable on "Green Hydrogen" as part of WG 2 (New Green Technologies). The meeting opened with overview presentations by BMWK and MOTIE on the hydrogen economy of the two countries. MOTIE's presentation focused on the legal framework established by the Korean government and the opportunities for international cooperation in research and development. The BMWK also shed light on the various financing options available at home and abroad for hydrogen projects and research. Following these overviews, seven companies had the opportunity to present their work in the field of green hydrogen. The first was LS Cable & System, which presented its expertise in energy transport and in particular its work on low-cost hydrogen pipelines. RWE Renewables Korea followed and gave an overview of its hydrogen projects, especially the AquaVentus project series, which includes projects for offshore wind farms and floating electrolysers. Changi Tech was the third company to present its power-to-gas (P2G) drone ship, which can use the high wind speeds in international waters to generate green hydrogen. TÜV SÜD then presented its work in the field of "Green Hydrogen Certification". G-Philos also provided an overview of its green hydrogen projects using a range of technologies and strategies, including wave power and sector coupling. Thyssenkrup also gave an insight into its green hydrogen projects, particularly in relation to alkaline water electrolysis and chor-alkali technology. Finally, Senko highlighted its recent product expansion in the hydrogen sector, using its expertise in gas sensors to offer sensor technology for hydrogen. In the discussion that followed, questions were first asked from the audience about specific technologies presented in the talks, such as Changi Tech's P2G drone ship or electrolysis in the AquaVentus projects. Furthermore, it was emphasised that the certification of green hydrogen will be of crucial importance for Korea and Germany, as both countries will be heavily dependent on hydrogen imports in the future. The working group will therefore continue to pursue the topic. International project cooperation in third countries was also identified as another WG priority topic.

08 June 2022

3. Subcommittee Meeting Business Exchange Nuclear Decommissioning

Korean and German company representatives took the opportunity on 8 June at the 3rd meeting of the Business Exchange Sub-Committee of the WG on Nuclear Decommissioning to exchange professional views on the opportunities and challenges of waste management. After a warm welcome by the co-chairs and the introduction of new participants, Mr. Jai-hoon Jung from KEPCO E&C shared Korean experiences in planning underground disposal sites for radioactive waste and Mr. Heiko Herbell from Framatome gave an overview of the decommissioning and disposal process in Germany. While these presentations focused on waste management and interim storage in Korea and Germany, the second half of the meeting dealt with release and recycling methods. Dr Linus Bettermann, GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service GmbH, gave an insight into typical waste streams and reuse methods of materials in Germany.  Mr Hae-bok Park from KEPCO KPS presented the decommissioning process for Kori #1. The presentations were followed by fruitful question and answer sessions. The following day, a business matching session also offered companies the opportunity to meet in 1:1 sessions to deepen topics that arose from the previous day's inputs.

27 April 2022

Fireplace Talk "Energy Efficiency in Industry

On 27 April, experts from science and industry met for a digital Fireplace Talk on energy efficiency in industry. Energy efficiency is a crucial means of decarbonising the sector and, as the second major pillar of the energy transition, it makes it possible to alleviate the pressure on the expansion of renewable energies. Eun-mi Ok, Manager of the Industry Climate Change Response Division of the Korea Energy Agency (KEA), and Matthias Leisin from the Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER) at the University of Stuttgart each gave an overview of the state of energy efficiency and existing policies in both countries. Jana Narita from adelphi presented the results of a comparative study on energy efficiency in industry and the building sector in Korea and Germany. In the discussion that followed, it became clear that Germany and Korea can learn from each other in many respects and various topics for a more in-depth exchange between the two partner countries were worked out together. For example, the effectiveness and efficiency of instruments to promote the use of highly efficient systems in industry and the use of waste heat and heat pumps were identified as particularly promising topics for further exchange.

23 March 2022

2nd Subcommittee Meeting Business Exchange Nuclear Decommissioning

On 23 March, a successful 2nd meeting of the Business Exchange Subcommittee of the Nuclear Decommissioning WG took place. Korean and German company representatives from different sectors in the field of nuclear decommissioning, including KHNP, KORAD, KEPCO E&C, KPS, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, GNS, GRS, TÜV SÜD, TÜV Nord, Framatome and actimondo, gained useful insights into the current state of decommissioning in the partner countries as well as future strategies. While Mr Lee, General Manager of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co, LTD (KHNP) gave an overview of the decommissioning of the Korean nuclear power plants Kori 1 and Wolsong 1, Mr Thielen, Head of the Decommissioning and Waste Management Department at the Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) GmbH, presented the decommissioning status and waste management plans in Germany. The meeting then focused on the disposal of decommissioning waste as the biggest future challenge.  Mr. Yoon, Director of the Korea Radioactive Waste Agency (KORAD), introduced the Wolsong Disposal Centre and spoke about the waste acceptance process in Korea. From the German side, Ms. Klaß, specialist for applications & concepts at the Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH (GNS), presented the Konrad repository and spoke about the development of waste acceptance criteria as well as possible packaging solutions that meet the requirements according to the respective level of activity. In the discussion that followed, it became clear that the topic of guidelines and solutions for the disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste in particular holds great potential for cooperation. The meeting was preceded by a 1:1 business matching the day before, which enabled bilateral exchange in different constellations. Due to the positive feedback from the companies, the business matching will also accompany future meetings.

30 November 2021

Expert Meeting on Green Hydrogen

An Expert Meeting on “Green Hydrogen” took place in the framework of the Working Group 2, New Green Technologies, of the Korean-German Energy Partnership on November 30th, 2021. The focus was on green hydrogen strategies of both countries, the strengthening of international cooperation for the production of green hydrogen and the generation of green hydrogen via offshore wind. 

23 November 2021

1st Meeting of the Sub-Committee "Business Exchange Nuclear Decommissioning

The Business Exchange sub-committee of WG 3 (Nuclear Decommissioning) met for the first time on 23 November. The establishment of the sub-committees was decided at the WG 3 working group meeting on 24 February. The main purpose of the Business Exchange Subcommittee is to facilitate the exchange of experience and the discussion of cooperation opportunities between Korean and German companies in the field of nuclear decommissioning.

18 November 2021

WG 1: Expert Meeting on Innovative Offshore Wind Technologies

Within the framework of WG 1 (Energy Transition), an expert workshop on "Innovative Offshore Wind Technologies" took place on 18 November 2021. The thematic focus was primarily on the topics of floating offshore and the production of green hydrogen from offshore wind power. The workshop offered the participating companies not only an overview of political trends and funding measures in South Korea and Germany, but also the opportunity to exchange experiences.

07 December 2020

3rd Korean-German Energy Day

December 2020

This year's Korean-German Energy Day took place as a digital conference with more than 160 participants from politics, business and science. While the first day focused on a socially just energy transition, the second day was devoted to green hydrogen and was complemented by a virtual exhibition. The third day explored offshore wind and solar potentials and technologies.

Mr. Young-joon Joo, Deputy Minister for Energy and Resources (MOTIE), and Mr. Thorsten Herdan, Director General, Energy Policy (BMWi), during their keynote speeches.
Mr. Young-joon Joo, Deputy Minister for Energy and Resources (MOTIE), and Mr. Thorsten Herdan, Director General, Energy Policy (BMWi), during their keynote speeches. © KGCCI / adelphi
29 May 2020

Fireplace Talk on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The 7th Fireplace Talk gave energy experts the opportunity to exchange views on strategies, challenges and successes with regard to increasing energy efficiency in the building sector in both partner countries. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fireplace Talk for the first time took place as an online event.

Mr. Winkler, Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy in Seoul, during his welcoming remarks. © KGCCI
10 December 2019

Study Trip On Energy Efficiency

In December 2019, a four-day study trip took place in Berlin to deepen the dialogue between Germany and Korea on the subject of energy efficiency. A Korean delegation of 24 people from MOTIE, subordinate institutions, the state electricity supplier KEPCO, research institutes and journalists visited the (BMWi) as well as several large companies. The delegation gained insight into energy efficiency measures in the German industry and building sectors.

South Korean delegation visits Berlin to learn about energy efficiency policies and initiatives in Germany.
South Korean delegation visits Berlin to learn about energy efficiency policies and initiatives in Germany. © Norman Langbecker - oav
24 October 2019

2nd Korean-German Energy Day

The 2nd Korean-German Energy Day brought together 100 experts to discuss the potential of smart grids for the system integration of renewables. Korea is leading in the field of energy storage and smart grid technologies and Germany has expertise in the development of renewable energy and flexible power grids. The event accompanied the International Renewable Energy Conference (KIREC) in Seoul.

Thorsten Herdan, Director General, Energy Policy (BMWi), gives a keynote speech at the 2nd Korean-German Energy Day.
Thorsten Herdan, Director General, Energy Policy (BMWi), gives a keynote speech at the 2nd Korean-German Energy Day. © KGCCI
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An Initiative by

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

The central task of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action 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.

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea (MOTIE)

MOTIE is committed to providing a foundation for economic growth by combining its efforts to fulfill its wide range of responsibilities in the areas of commerce, investment, industry, and energy.

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Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KGCCI/ AHK Korea)

KGCCI (Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry) has been supporting the steadily growing economic relations between Germany and Korea since its establishment in 1981. With both countries engaging in their energy transition towards renewables and increased energy efficiency, KGCCI is fostering the bilateral exchange between relevant business and policy stakeholders through projects via the German Energy Solutions Initiative and the Korean-German Energy Partnership.