Germany-Vietnam energy partnership discussions commence – NEU e.V. supports partnership relations

Michael Körner – Managing Director Invest Region Leipzig GmbH, Vo Quang Lam – Vice President EVN and Clemens Schülke – Head of the Office for Economic Development (Photo rights: @GIZ Vietnam/Frederic Schweizer)
A contribution by Netzwerk Energie & Umwelt e. V.

As part of Germany’s efforts to establish a bilateral energy partnership with the People’s Republic of Vietnam, the first visit of a Vietnamese delegation to Leipzig took place on 30 March 2022. As part of a larger travel group, the 17 participants met early on Wednesday morning in the Council Plenary Hall of the New City Hall.

In cooperation with GIZ Vietnam, the Office of Economic Development of the City of Leipzig as well as the municipal utilities of the Leipzig group, the topics of energy efficiency and energy market solutions are to be worked on cooperatively with the Vietnamese representatives from the national energy authority and various regional energy institutions.

The delegation at Leipzig City Hall (Photo rights: @GIZ Vietnam/Frederic Schweizer)

The morning was mainly dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and experience. After the official welcome by the head of the office, Clemens Schülke, who emphasised Leipzig’s long-standing relations with Vietnam, all participants introduced themselves to the group. Also present were Invest Region Leipzig GmbH, which manages the Leipzig office in the German House (Ho Chi Minh City), and Aone Deutschland AG, which is active in Vietnam and a subsidiary of our network member Tilia GmbH. Dr Olga Naumov (Stadtwerke Leipzig) then gave a detailed and entertaining presentation on the energy efficiency measures and contracting models of the Stadtwerke. This led to an intensive discussion with the Vietnamese partners, which was to continue in the afternoon.

First, the delegation was welcomed by the friendly staff of the Leipzig Opera House and guided through the historic premises of the cultural centre, which was opened in 1960. Afterwards, Mr Andreas Sachsenröder (Stadtwerke Leipzig) gave a detailed insight into the technical peculiarities of the refrigeration plant, the renewal of which was completed in 2020.

Afterwards, part of the group went to the basement rooms for a tour of the plant. The other part of the group furthered the discussions on electricity pricing and trading which had started in the morning with the experts from Stadtwerke Leipzig. This resulted in an intensive and understanding exchange between all participants, which should lead to a cooperative model at the end of this initiation phase.

We would like to thank all those involved, in particular, the Office for Economic Development for its support in organising the event and Stadtwerke Leipzig, whose many employees made the necessary professional discourse possible.

Image rights: @GIZ Vietnam/Frederic Schweizer

Xitaso choose Leipzig for new branch office location

Xitaso choose Leipzig for new branch office location

Steven Ponndorf, site manager"The support we received from Invest Region Leipzig GmbH, was extremely helpful, because we were not in Leipzig at the time we were seeking a new location and had little knowledge of the region apart from visiting the city. The cooperation...

read more

Insights, News & Events

Stay up to date with the latest news, events and innovations in the Leipzig Region.

Dr. Marco Peisker, Site manager, adesso SE

"The city has seen fantastic development over the last few years. We wanted to be closer to our regional partners and customers. It's easier to forge closer relationships with companies when you're there"

Shwet Sabharwal, Branch Manager Leipzig Tech Mahindra

"I strongly recommend the soft-landing approach from Invest Region Leipzig because of it’s numerous advantages for every company planning to set up business in the Leipzig region."

Tobias Drechsel, CEO Thinkport GmbH

"We are glad to have taken this step and gone to Leipzig to be able to further develop Thinkport ... Invest Region Leipzig made it extremely easy for us to get started in Leipzig. Especially the personal support and the prepared information about the location helped us to get an overview. I can really recommend to contact IRL if an expansion to Leipzig is in question."

Ingmar Bergmann, Regional Manager Region East

"A high potential of skilled workers, especially due to the universities and colleges in the Saxon region, was an advantage for us. In addition, there is a good investment climate for medium-sized companies, here through the support of the SAB, which helped us a lot ... The discussions and advice provided by Invest Region Leipzig GmbH have also supported us."

Eileen Walther, Country Manager Germany, NORTHWAVE Intelligent Security Operations

"The city is very centrally located. Since we operate throughout Germany, proximity was a crucial factor. Leipzig is very well connected in terms of infrastructure. It is a liveable, beautiful city and therefore an attraction for talented employees."

Steven Ponndorf, site manager, Xitaso

“The support we received from Invest Region Leipzig GmbH, was extremely helpful because we were not in Leipzig at the time we were seeking a new location and had little knowledge of the region apart from visiting the city. The cooperation with Invest Region Leipzig helped us a lot…”

Daniel Schwemmer, Sales Manager, Flexfab

“The professional appearance of the IRL encouraged us in our decision to choose Leipzig. The service is free, the way of working is very structured, you can tell immediately that this is not the first time IRL has done this. It all makes sense. IRL organised the visits for interesting properties.”