The Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency – is the centre of expertise for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. It focuses on the development of sustainable energy systems which make optimum use of energy and integrate renewable energy sources. dena's mission is to generate economic growth and maintain prosperity with ever lower energy inputs. If this is to be achieved, energy must be generated and used in both a national and international context as efficiently, safely and economically as possible with the least possible impact on climate.
dena is developing energy efficiency and renewable energy markets in cooperation with stakeholders from the worlds of politics and business and from society at large. dena is working not only on consumption-side issues such as buildings, power and mobility, but also on issues of generation, networking and storage. dena encourages copybook projects, identifies and rewards pioneering work, advises politicians, manufacturers and service providers, cultivates opinion leaders, informs consumers, builds networks, evaluates technologies, analyses foreign markets and models future scenarios. dena primarily relies on market mechanisms and innovative energy services, backed up by appropriate regulatory policies and promotion programmes.
Due to the huge potential energy efficiencies involved, Russia is one of dena's key cooperation partners. This is why dena holds a 40 percent stake in the Russian-German Energy Agency (rudea) which was established in July 2009.
dena was established in the autumn of 2000 with its head office in Berlin. Shareholders in dena are the Federal Republic of Germany, KfW Bankengruppe, Allianz SE, Deutsche Bank AG and DZ BANK AG.
As a German limited company, dena’s work is performance-based and cost-effective. It finances its projects primarily by means of Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
Goals & responsibilities
dena promotes forward-looking approaches with new and intelligent ideas, the aim being to ensure that tangible successes can be achieved as quickly as possible in the effective improvement of energy efficiency and the efficient use of renewable energy sources. It operates actively from a position of independence and credibility, takes part in public debate, and has access both to the relevant market players and political decision makers. The German government incorporates dena's competencies into its strategy for sustainable development.
dena's main objectives
Improvement in the rational use of energy
Development of renewable energy sources
Increase in innovative technologies for the rational conversion of energy
Creation of energy efficiency markets
Who dena’s activities are aimed at
Specialists (e.g. commerce, industry and trade)
The end consumer
dena’s fields of activity
Campaigns & initiatives which both inform and stimulate thought, and provide concrete examples of how to live and work in an energy-conscious fashion, e.g. the Initiative EnergieEffizienz.
Research & strategies for a sustainable energy economy using energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and innovative, fossil-based power plant technologies, e.g. the dena Grid Study.
Pilot projects & publications which make the principle of efficiency easy to understand and emulate in a wide range of areas, e.g. the Solar Roofs Programme.
Consulting & Contracting which aims to stimulate cooperation between the various social powers and groups, e.g. the Contracting Campaign.
Labelling & Certification to help the consumer choose suitable products and to improve quality consciousness in the manufacturer, retailer and customer, e.g. the energy performance certificate for residential buildings.
Events & Networking which communicate the principle of energy efficiency at a national and international level, e.g. the Energie@home exhibition.