Wind turbines in El Alia, Tunisia

Core area “Responsibility for our planet – climate and energy” Promoting renewable energies, launching an energy transition

Tunisia has set itself the ambitious goal of generating about a third of its energy demand from renewable sources by the year 2030. Currently, 97 per cent of the country's energy comes from fossil fuels, mainly imported from abroad.

Germany contributes funding to the construction of photovoltaic systems and wind farms and, through its development cooperation, offers technical advice on implementing the transformation of the energy system. It also assists with training experts, for instance technicians capable of installing photovoltaic systems, and supports approaches that seek to increase the energy efficiency in public buildings.

Germany has provided support to 250 enterprises, making it possible for them to install more than 17,000 photovoltaic systems. These development cooperation activities are to help provide in excess of 350,000 households with electricity from renewable energies and to significantly reduce Tunisia's emissions of harmful CO2.

Green hydrogen as an important resource for the future

Solar system Solar Jama in the Atacama Desert in Chile

Energy will be playing a bigger role in future in Tunisian-German cooperation. The two countries intend to work together on the manufacture of so-called 'green' hydrogen and of climate-neutral fuels (“Power-to-X products”). In December 2020, the BMZ and the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies entered into an alliance, the purpose of which is to develop the Power-to-X sector in Tunisia and embark on joint pilot projects in that field.