COBENEFITS in South Africa

Based on capacity needs assessments, bilateral meetings with stakeholders and cobenefits council workshop conducted in 2017, political priorities and co-benefits were identified by major political stakeholders and leading research institutions for South Africa:

  • Co-benefit 1: PV self-consumption in the commercial and residential sector (cost saving opportunities)
  • Co-benefit 2: Future development of employment and skills in the electricity sector (employment opportunities)
  • Co-benefit 3: Economic prosperity in marginalized communities (rural development opportunities)
  • Co-benefit 4: Analysis and quantification of health benefits related to less carbon-intensive power sector (clean air and health opportunities)

These have been explored in more detail in research projects by national knowledge partners in country-specific co-benefits assessment reports that are available for download in the right hand section. For further information on the studies in our COBENEFITS partner countries, please click here.

Overview of trainings in South Africa

RENAC will realise the following face-to-face-trainings in South Africa

  • 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 duration of the seminar
  • Course materials are provided in English
  • Lecturers will present in English
  • Selected participants will be informed in due time about the details of the venue for the seminar


The trainings will cover the following topics:

  • Co-Benefits approach
  • Co-Benefits priorities: Which social and economic co-benefits are relevant for South Africa?
  • Methodologies for quantifying the co-benefits in South Africa
  • Overview of study results of co-benefit assessment (methodology and quantification)
  • Policy options (discussion round; group discussion)
  • Ambitious NDC implementation in the country

The training provides introduction presentations, interactive group work and room for discussions. Each training is limited to 15 participants. All costs for participation in the trainings are covered up to 100% by the Co-benefits programme (only travel and accommodation need to be covered by the participant).

How to apply for a face-to-face training?

  • Interested participants have to apply online for a scholarship and accept the terms of reference for the scholarship.


Selection process

RENAC will evaluate the received applications and choose the participants for the training seminar. RENAC will inform applicants about results of selections process after deadline for application and in due time before the start of the seminar.


What does the scholarship include?

The scholarship covers up to 100% of the training fees and provided course materials and catering during the training. After attending the training participants will receive a dedicated co-benefits certificate. Only travel and accommodation costs have to be covered by the participant. For further information about the scholarship please visit our Cobenefits Website.

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