The advisory council is the central decision-making body of the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative. Through this council, various federal government departments, international economic organisations and associations provide consultations to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and play an active role in shaping the strategies pursued by the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative.
In addition to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA), the following institutions are involved:
Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA)
As a higher federal authority working under the supervision of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BAFA is charged with key administrative tasks in the areas of foreign trade, economic development and energy. BAFA is a member of the Advisory Council and is responsible for the technical aspects of programme implementation under the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative.
Federal Industrial Association of Germany - House, Energy and Environmental Technology
On the Advisory Council, the BDH represents the interests of its member organisations in the area of energy supply systems for the construction sector. BDH member companies, drawn mainly from the SME sector, supply products and complete system solutions focusing on heat generation, heat distribution and heat transfer, in addition to water heating systems based on gas, oil, electricity and energy from renewable sources.
Federation of German Industries (BDI)
As a member of the Advisory Council, the BDI represents the interests of German industry and industry support services. The BDI represents German businesses belonging to 37 industry associations. It has an international network relating to all industry-relevant topics, including energy, raw materials, climate and the environment.
Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)
The DIHK is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of German industry and commerce, acting on behalf of and in consultation with the German chambers of industry and commerce (IHKs). As a member of the Advisory Council, the DIHK brings together the expertise of the German chambers of commerce abroad, which promote the interests of German industry from 120 locations in 80 countries worldwide.
German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
GIZ assists the German Federal Government’s efforts in international cooperation towards sustainable development. To this end, GIZ is active in areas including environmental, resource and climate protection. The agency represents the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on the Advisory Council. Within the framework of the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative, GIZ manages the Project Development Programme (PDP), working closely with the German chambers of commerce abroad in newly industrialising and developing countries.
Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI)
Germany Trade and Invest offers extensive information and services to Germany companies interested in exports and foreign markets. The services provided include, for example, market and industry sector analyses, and support with international projects, tenders and establishing business contacts. Germany Trade and Invest also promotes Germany as a location for business and technology among foreign investors through its technical and advisory services.
Within the Advisory Council, Germany Trade and Invest is responsible for the area of exports and foreign markets and industry sectors.
KfW banking group
As a federal bank for development, KfW provides support for international projects in the areas of energy and sustainability, among others. The group is a member of the Advisory Concil and has the remit of export, project and development financing.
German Engineering Federation (VDMA)
Within the Advisory Council, the VDMA speaks on behalf of companies in the investment goods industry. Belonging to diverse professional associations, most of these companies are from the SME sector and have business activities abroad. Machinery and plant manufacturing is one of Germany’s key technological fields. The main subject areas addressed by the VDMA include issues relating to foreign trade, energy and the environment.
(German Confederation of Skilled Crafts) (ZDH)
The ZDH represents the interests of German craft enterprises on the Advisory Council. Key areas of interest for the ZDH include energy, the environment and sustainability. The ZDH is also involved in vocational training and professional development in Germany and abroad.
Association of German Electronics Enterprises (ZVEI)
As a member of the Advisory Council, the ZVEI represents the interests of the German electrical and electronics industry. Energy efficiency and the smart generation, transfer and distribution of electricity are core issues for the ZVEI at an international level.