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Co-Benefits 2017-2020

Mobilizing the Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation through Capacity Building among Public Policy Institutions

India, South Africa, Vietnam, Turkey

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What is Co-Benefits about?

Co-Benefits is a capacity-building programme targeting policy makers and other relevant actors in energy, climate and environmental policy in four countries: India, South Africa, Vietnam, Turkey. The  project  strengthens  governmental  departments and agencies in charge of climate and  energy  issues  in  the  target  countries  in their ability to advice their ministerial clients on  the  co-benefits  of  renewable  power  generation, to spur ambitious as well as effective NDC implementation.

  • Effectively implementing NDC in the target  countries and activating the Paris Ambition Mechanism in these countries by     backing cross-sectoral support to increasing the NDC ambition levels
  • Integrating and mainstreaming co-benefit  assessments in national and international MRV (Measurement, Verification, Reporting), related to UNFCCC
  • Further activating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and  financing mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Co-Benefits is a project funded by the German International Climate Initiative (IKI). Within this framework a consortium consisting of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), International Energy Transition (IET) and Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU) has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The three-year project includes capacity building programmes for mobilizing the potential multiple benefits of climate change mitigation.

What are co-benefits of climate change mitigation?

The  global  transition  to  renewable  sources  of  energy,  as  a  key  action  area  for  climate change mitigation, is in full swing. The renewable energy sector is now attracting substantially greater investment flows than its fossil-based counterpart, with half of all related investments flowing to the global South.

The social and economic opportunities presented by  renewable  energies,  such  as  public  health,  accelerating  access  to  electricity, improved investment opportunities resulting from plummeting costs for renewable electricity, and local value-creation, are becoming important co-benefits of this climate-friendly transition. 

What does Co-benefits offer?

The three-year programme provides comprehensive know-how on co-benefits, on renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency technologies and policies and assists in increasing their use. The project strengthens public policy institutions in India, Viet Nam, South Africa and Turkey in their ability to advice their ministerial clients on the co-benefits of climate change mitigation, in order to spur ambitious as well as effective INDC implementation. The programme offers:

  • Country reports and analyses
  • 20 face-to-face trainings in partner countries (India, Vietnam, South Africa, Turkey)
  • Internet-based trainings (as preparation for face-to-face trainings)
  • Mutual learning workshops

RENAC will publish the objectives and content of each training continuously.

Who can apply for the Co-Benefits scholarships?

Professionals from India, South Africa, Vietnam, and Turkey working in the following public and private sectors:

  • Ministries recognizing the importance of climate protection/policy and/or with responsibility for energy policy on national level
  • Subordinate authorities and regulators, regional or local administration
  • Policy makers and deciders on subnational/state level
  • Financial institutions

Interested candidates are kindly invited to apply online for a Co-Benefit scholarship. RENAC will choose participants according to the information provided in the application form (CV, description of tasks at work, motivation to attend the training and signed Terms of Reference etc). Participants accepted for a training will receive a confirmation email from RENAC.

What is included in Co-Benefits?

Face-to-Face Trainings in partner countries
  • Face-to-face trainings will be organized jointly with local knowledge partners in all four target countries.
  • Co-Benefits covers the fees for the seminar participation including all materials, lunch, coffee/tea breaks for the duration of the seminar. Participants are however responsible for booking and paying their travel and accommodation costs.
Internet-based trainings as preparation for face-to-face trainings
  • Fees for participation in internet-based trainings are covered by Co-benefits including access to text and videos, animations, questions for self-testing, virtual classrooms, online forum, final test and RENAC certificate.

What is the time schedule of the programme?

The rough time schedule for activities within the Co-benefits programme is shown in the table below:

Inception meetings and capacity needs assessment
Training material development
Online training
Face-to-face trainings
Mutual learning workshops
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  • Dr. Roman Buss
  • Project Director
  • Tel: +49(0)30 526 895 883
  • Fax: +49 (0)30-526 895 899
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  • Cecilia Strandberg
  • Project Manager
  • Tel: +49(0)30 526 895 893
  • Fax: +49 (0)30-526 895 899
  • Email: strandberg[at]

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