Strategic energy partner­ship between Brazil and Germany – Par­lia­mentary State Secretary Fuchtel launches wind farm programme

Wind power park close to Fortaleza, Brazil

21.07.2014 |

Berlin – Today, Parliamentary State Secretary Hans-Joachim Fuchtel and Brazil's Ambassador to Germany, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, jointly opened the ceremony for the signing of loan agreements for 250 million euros to finance the construction of wind farms in Brazil. Brazil will add funding of its own to this amount. The wind farm programme is part of a strategic partnership between Germany and Brazil. The two coun­tries want to reinforce their joint efforts to tackle global challenges, above all global climate change mitigation.

At the ceremony, which was held at Kollhoff Tower in Berlin in the evening, Fuchtel said: "This programme gives a major boost to Brazil's and Germany's efforts for global climate action and environmental protection. In the next few years, wind farms with a capacity of about 330 megawatts will be built in Brazil. In the course of their life, the facilities will avoid the emission of some 5.6 million tonnes of carbon. Brazil is already one of the world's most dynamic technology markets for wind power. This is an emerging market that is also of interest for German businesses. In that context, Germany can put its own experience from the transformation of its energy system to good use!"

The loan agreement to finance the wind farm was signed by KfW Executive Board Member Norbert Kloppenburg and by the President of the Brazilian De­vel­op­ment Bank (BNDES), Luciano Coutinho. This brings the wind farm programme to its second phase. A number of large wind farms have already begun to operate in Brazil with German support – mainly in the country's windy north-east.

With its more than 7,500 kilometres of coastline and its attractive trade winds along the coast, Brazil has enormous potential for wind power generation. The coun­try is only gradually beginning to tap that potential in order to meet its growing energy appetite and reduce its dependency on hydropower. Together with the US and Canada, Brazil is among the continent's top three energy consumers.

As an emerging economy, Brazil has great influence in the region and worldwide, and that influence is growing constantly. Along with that, it has a growing re­spon­si­bil­i­ty to help tackle global challenges. In recognition of this new role, Germany and Brazil have entered into a strategic partnership entitled "Co­op­er­a­tion for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment". It focuses on enhancing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, protecting tropical forests and conserving biodiversity.

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