Mobilising the CO-BENEFITS of Climate Change Mitigation through Capacity Building among Public Policy Institutions

COBENEFITS 2017 - 2022


What is the CoBenefits programme?

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 assists relevant policy makers – the key players that shape climate, energy and environmental policy – in their ability to spur ambitious climate action.

COBENEFITS partner countries in “phase 1” (2017-2020) were India, Vietnam, Turkey and South Africa. In “phase 2” (2020-2022), our capacity-building activities are directed at our partner countries Turkey, South Africa, Mexico and Kenya.

The COBENEFITS virtual training programme for phase 2 can be downloaded here.

For Spanish-speakers, the online training brochure can be downloaded here.

What are co-benefits?

The global transition to renewable sources of energy, as a key action area for climate change mitigation, is in full swing. Besides climate change mitigation, renewables offer many social and economic opportunities, such as

  • employment and job creation
  • clean air
  • public health
  • innovation
  • access to electricity
  • energy security
  • improved investment opportunities
  • local value-creation
  • empowerment of women

These positive side effects of climate policies are called co-benefits.


"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?

COBENEFITS offers trainings, networking opportunities and exchange of experiences for energy professionals from South Africa, Turkey, Mexico and Kenya. Online training courses and virtual face-to-face seminars provide comprehensive know-how on co-benefits, renewable energy technologies, and energy and climate policies. In detail COBENEFITS offers

  • A comprehensive set of online training courses in the RENAC Online Academy
  • Certificate: COBENEFITS Specialist in Renewable Energy
  • Country specific COBENEFITS assessment reports developed by national research institutions
  • Mutual learning workshops and virtual face-to-face trainings
  • A transnational training workshop with participants from all partner countries, in Berlin or virtually (tba)

Who can apply for the COBENEFITS trainings?

The COBENEFITS training programme is targeting professionals from TurkeySouth Africa, Mexico and Kenya 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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