The International Climate Initiative at the #BETD2024

Minister for Economic Affairs Robert Habeck and Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at the opening of the conference

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue  took place for the tenth time on 19 and 20 March 2024. The conference also provided the IKI with a variety of opportunities to present the funding programme and maintain its network with energy transition stakeholders. 

At the annual Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), energy transition decision-makers meet up to engage in dialogue and bilateral meetings to exchange ideas and experiences, discuss urgent challenges and establish energy partnerships. The shared objective here is to achieve an environmentally friendly, safe and affordable global energy transition.

Supporting the global energy transition is also one of the key targets of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and is defined accordingly as a priority field of action in the “Strategy of the International Climate Initiative until 2030”. Therefore, the conference is also a fixed date in the IKI calendar: the BETD is a welcome and ideal opportunity to present the funding programme and activities - and to maintain and expand the IKI network with energy transition actors. 

Numerous representatives of the IKI ministries, the IKI projects and the project management agency for the IKI, the Zukunft-Umwelt-Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH, grasped this opportunity. The varied programme provided professional stimuli on issues such as the just energy transition and the phasing out of coal utilisation. 

The IKI at the BETD: Dr Philipp Behrens, Head of the International Climate Initiative Division at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Visitors to the BETD were able to find out about the IKI's objectives and funding opportunities at the IKI stand.

Information stand and exchange of expertise 

At the IKI information stand, ZUG gGmbH employees provided information about the funding programme, its strategic objectives, funding regulations and international partners. 

The ZUG team gave a consistently positive review and was able to answer many questions from stakeholders who do not yet work with the IKI. The visitors were particularly interested in the main topics of the IKI and the specific funding options. 

At the invitation of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, which is the leading coordinator of the funding programme, an exchange of expertise for IKI implementing organisations and other actors from the energy sector also took place. 

Energising climate policies - promoting the energy transition

The BETD took place for the tenth time and also offers a very good framework for exchange formats of the International Climate Initiative.

Under the title “Energising climate policies: Bringing the GST energy package into the climate policy cycle”, around 50 participants discussed how the targets agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai (COP28) can be linked to the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The key targets include tripling the expansion of renewable energies, doubling progress in the field of energy efficiency and accelerating the phase-out of fossil fuels. 

Background: The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 

Since its foundation in 2015, the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) has become one of the world's most important global energy transition forums. In a top-level conference programme, which took place over two days at the Federal Foreign Office, the BETD once again enabled the personal exchange between high-ranking government representatives, global business leaders, scientists, leaders of international organisations and NGOs. A total of around 1500 people participated in this year's conference. The conference part of the programme is complemented by a variety of side events. 

For further information on the conference, please refer to: https://www.energydialogue.berlin/ 

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