Recently, the European Union delegation in Algeria published a tender for a Twinning project for the sustainable energy transition. Despite competition from a consortium of Italy, France and Austria, the German-Dutch proposal was successful. For the next 1.5 years, Dutch and German experts will support the Algerian government and relevant stakeholders in transitioning to a CO2-neutral energy supply.
Algeria has a large supply of gas and oil and the most hours of sunshine in the world. This makes it an important country for global energy supplies. The Algerian government wants to transition to a zero-carbon economy. The Ministry of the Renewable Energy Transition has developed a policy plan to achieve this. With the Twinning project, Germany and the Netherlands will offer structural support to Algeria via knowledge sharing, training sessions and coaching for the entire policy chain.
Looking beyond borders
Twinning is a tool the European Union (EU) uses to bring practices in neighbouring countries in line with EU law. The German-Dutch proposal was a joint effort of several parties and government programmes. The Climate and Energy Response Facility started the proposal process. And the Private Sector Development programme managed the proposal process.
The German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is the leading party in the Twinning project; the Netherlands is the junior partner. The Dutch team includes experts from:
- The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL);
- The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO); and
- The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).
The German-Dutch project team will provide considerable technical and policy knowledge.
Project goals and next steps
This project aims to help Algeria reduce its CO2 emissions and meet the Climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Working together is not new for the Netherlands and Algeria, as the countries have a long tradition of cooperation. And both are gas-producing countries dealing with similar problems. Also, the Netherlands sees a crucial role for green hydrogen in the energy transition, and so does Algeria. The Twinning project offers the Netherlands and Algeria opportunities to bring parties in the green hydrogen sector together to exchange knowledge and intensify trade.
The Twinning project will start on 1 November 2022 and run for 1.5 years. The first phase of the project involves a conference with relevant stakeholders. In the second phase, experts will regularly go on 5-day missions to Algeria, and Algerian officials will visit Germany and the Netherlands.
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