Established in 2006 by the Indian Prime Minister and German Chancellor in order to promote energy dialogue, with the aim of intensifying and deepening Indo-German co-operation in the areas of: Energy Security, Energy Efficiency (EE), Renewable Energy (RE), Investment in energy projects, Collaborative research and development. The IGEF Support Office has a liaison function to all interested stakeholders of the IGEF and is facilitating the dialogue on all levels.

The high level steering committee of the IGEF, also called “Forum”, takes place annually and provides a platform for high-level policy makers and representatives from industry, associations, financial institutions and research organisations from both India and Germany.

On a working level, thematic sub groups have been created which convene meetings on a regular basis:

  • Efficiency Enhancement in Fossil Fuel Based Power Plants
  • Renewable Energies
  • Demand-Side Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Growth Strategies.
  • Green Energy Corridor and Grid Management 

Within the sub groups, several task forces have been set up to devise and implement specific cooperation projects, such as the Excellence Enhancement Centre for the Indian power sector or the development of an energy performance assessment tool for residential buildings. Additional task forces concerning further topics may be created at the initiative of representatives of the relevant government agencies, private sector and other experts.

The German Ministries (BMZ, BMUB and BMWI) and government agencies (GIZ and KFW) have partnered in the energy sector with Indian ministries (MoP and MNRE), Indian government agencies (BEE and CEA) Indian financial institutions (IREDA and NHB), Indian utilities (NTPC), and various Indian state governments. Apart from this, notable cooperation efforts have been made between the Indian and German educational institutions and private sectors. All of them are the stakeholders of the IGEF apart from the private sector from both countries

IGEF-SO provides liaison services for all stakeholders. It identifies possible topics for the IGEF dialogue and supports private-sector projects. It serves as a first point of contact both to the Indian and German governments as well as companies seeking to get involved in the process. Moreover, the IGEF-SO answers queries regarding proposals for the IGEF dialogue or IGEF projects and any other subject relevant to the private sector

The Support Office (IGEF-SO) has offices in New Delhi and Berlin to liaise between all participants in the IGEF process.