Mobilising the COBENEFITS of Climate Change Mitigation through Capacity Building among Public Policy Institutions

COBENEFITS 2017 - 2020


What is Co-Benefits about?

COBENEFITS is a capacity-building programme funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) within the German International Climate Initiative (IKI). COBENEFITS is 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.

In this respect the project contributes in particular to

  • 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)

The project has a duration of three-years and includes capacity building programmes for mobilising the potential multiple benefits of climate change mitigation. The project consortium is consisting of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), International Energy Transition (IET) and the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU) has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

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.

“Climate change will affect the achievability of any future development goal through its direct and indirect impacts. Highlighting and harnessing the social and economic co-benefits of climate action, such as health benefits, local economic benefits, improved air quality or new jobs, will be crucial to make NDC and SDG implementation a success for the planet and the people.”

Dr. Karsten Sach, Germany, BMU, 2019

What does COBENEFITS offer?

The project strengthens public policy institutions in India, Vietnam, 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. Within the three-year co-benefits programme, the Renewables Academy (RENAC) offers different kinds of trainings, networking and exchange of experiences for energy professionals from India, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam. Online trainings and Face-to-Face seminars provide comprehensive know-how on co-benefits, renewable energy technologies, and energy and climate policies.

The programme offers:

Who can apply for the COBENEFITS trainings?

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

  • Ministries recognising the importance of climate protection/policy and/or with responsibility for climate and energy policy on national level
  • Subordinate authorities and regulators, regional or local administration
  • Policy makers on subnational/state level
  • Financial institutions
  • Energy or climate related agencies, think tanks and research institutions

RENAC will choose participants according to the information provided in the application form (CV, description of tasks at work, motivation letter and signed Terms of Reference etc.). Participants accepted for a training will receive a confirmation email from RENAC.

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