A Philippine Fact-Finding Renewable Energy Mission took place from 9-13 March 2020 in Germany with a focus on innovations in the renewable energy field and the latest trends in clean and sustainable energy.
Most of the program took place in North Rhine Westphalia, in the heart of Germany’s industrial center and involved the participation of Philippine renewable energy companies and executives, representatives from the German Energy Sector, and officials from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the German-Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry, GPCCI, and other energy experts and consultants from Germany.
Among the participants included Lilian Narida, Vice President for Finance of One Renewable Energy Enterprise Inc.; Erel Narida, President of the Renewable Energy Association of the Philippines (REAP); Bayani Nito, President of Ibarra Bio Med Intl Trading Corporation, Nico Leibenguth of Servo Electric, Inc.; Martin Brugger of IGCV; Stephanus Lintker of Energieagentur; Simon Doleschal of GPCCI; Sebastian Ulm of Eclareon; and Christian Kirschning, Owner of Solarants.
The Mission was opened on 09 March at the STEAG Headquartes in Essen, Germany with a welcome message from Philippine Ambassador to Germany Theresa Dizon-De Vega. Likewise present was Deputy Consul General and Head of the Economic Section of the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt Emilio Fernandez.
In the course of the Mission, Philippine Honorary Consul in Essen and Chairperson of STEAG, one of the leading energy companies in Germany, Joachim Rumstadt delivered a presentation on the scope of its energy projects around the world including the Philippines. He likewise introduced the new renewable technologies STEAG has designed including more mobile products for off-grid areas such as containerized solar PV solutions for use even in off-grid clinics, disaster management centers, and water purification systems.
The Mission aims to achieve greater engagement between the Philippine and Germany renewable energy sectors given Germany’s expertise in this field and new government policies calling for more sustainable energy sources in the Philippines.END