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

Co-Benefits 2017 - 2020



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 and 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 and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The three-year project includes capacity building programmes for mobilising the potential multiple benefits of climate change mitigation.

What are co-benefits of climate change mitigation?

The 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, Vietnam and South Africa 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, South Africa, Vietnam, 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.

Co-Benefits Training

Within Co-Benefits, a number of face-to-face training activities are foreseen in all partner countries as well as the creation of online training modules. RENAC jointly with project consortium and local Knowledge partners will realise online and face-to-face trainings in each partner country: India, South Africa, Vietnam and Turkey. RENAC follows a blended learning approach, i.e. the combination of preparatory online courses (e-learning) as preparation for actual face-to-face trainings to be conducted in the partner countries in 2018 and 2019. Within the project duration from 3/2017 until 2/2020, the following training measures are planned within the Co-Benefits project:

  • 4 presence face-to-face trainings in each partner country with a total duration of 14 days
    • Each seminar is designed for up to 15 participants
    • The participation in the seminar is free of charge and includes materials (colour printed hard copies), coffee / tea breaks, lunch for the  seminar
    • Course materials are generally provided in English
    • Lecturers will present in English; simultaneous translation will be provided (according to country specific needs)
    • The location for the seminar will be in the partner country; applicants and participants will be informed in due time about the details of the venue for the seminar
    • For more information about training topics, requirements for participation, dates and deadlines for application please visit the respective country sites.
  • 4 online courses preceding the face-to-face trainings (courses open 6-8 weeks before face-to-face training)
    • 2 x 20 hours learning time
    • 2 x 40 hours learning time
    • The first online course (40 hours learning time) is foreseen for the 3rd quarter of 2018, followed by an initial 4-day training in each partner country in the 4th quarter of 2018.
  • 1 mutual learning workshop (1 day) jointly coordinated with UfU
  • 1 international mutual learning workshop across all partner countries (in early 2020)

Who can apply for the Co-Benefits trainings?

The Cobenefits programme is targeting professionals from India, South Africa, Vietnam, and Turkey working in the following public and private sectors:

  • Ministries recognising 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
  • Energy or climate related agencies, think tanks and research 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 organised 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 tentative schedule for activities within the Co-benefits programme is shown in the table below:

Inception meetings and capacity needs assessmentx
Training material developmentxx
Online trainingxx
Face-to-face trainingsxx
Mutual learning workshopsx

Training in partner countries



Dr. Roman Buss
Project Director
Tel: +49 (0) 30 526 895 883
Fax: +49 (0) 30 526 895 899
Email: buss[at]

Cecilia Strandberg
Project Director
Tel: +49 (0) 30 526 895 893
Fax: +49 (0) 30 526 895 899
Email: strandberg[at]

Krisha Sthapit
Project Manager
Tel: +49 (0) 30 550 710 75
Fax: +49 (0) 30 526 895 899
Email: sthapit[at]