Posted on 24 Oct, 2023 by Dr. Daniel Wahby

The GIZ Technical Working Group Energy-Climate Action-Transport meets twice a year to exchange on concepts and approaches related to green energy transition, mitigation of the greenhouse gas emissions and the promotion of low-carbon transport and mobility. Coordinated by GIZ, the working group provides a community of practice for the exchange between GIZ and the German consulting industry to jointly improve the quality of expertise to maintain and enhance German Technical Cooperation.

On October 18, the working group met at GFA in Hamburg on the topic of Reconstruction and Transition in Countries in Crisis with a specific but not exclusive focus on Ukraine. Anja Desai, Managing Director of GFA Consulting Group, opened the event with a warm welcome and gave an overview of the wide services offered by the GFA Group in the area of climate change. Jörg Linke, Head of GIZ’s Competence Center Climate Change, then set the stage for the program by presenting GIZ’s perspective on the relevance of fragility in GIZ’s core business and on how to design effective interventions in fragile contexts.

Special thanks go to the guest speakers Kira Vinke, Director at the Center for Climate and Foreign Policy, Susanne Nies, Project Lead at the Helmholtz Center Berlin Green Deal Ukraine, Yulia Rybak, Co-Head of the German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership and Advisor to the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, Yulia Perchuk, Director of the Reform Support Team at the Ukrainian Ministry of Restoration, Ronilda Co, Climate Change and Resilience Specialist at Norwegian Church Aid in Afghanistan, and Robert Künne, GIZ Cluster Coordinator Energy & Climate in Ukraine. They provided valuable context and latest insights with regard on German climate and foreign policy, current efforts, challenges and opportunities for an Energiewende towards a low-carbon economy, and the restoration of resilient infrastructure in Ukraine, as well as concepts underlying a sustainable Disaster Management and Recovery. They enabled a lively exchange during the discussions and break-out groups which to place in the afternoon.