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 are currently explored in more detail in research projects by national knowledge partners in dedicated co-benefits assessment reports.

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 table below gives an overview on the first Cobenefits face-to-face training activities in South Africa. The trainings will take place at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (Energy Centre) (CSIR Campus).

No. Training
Deadline for applicationOnline Application
30.+31.10.2019Applying and evaluating methods, tools and instruments to mobilise ambitious NDCs and climate change mitigation2ZA_5Download13.10.2019Closed
04.+05.11.2019 Sustainable power system planning and IRP modelling for South Africa2ZA_6Download20.10.2019Closed

The face-to-face seminars will take place at the CSIR’s campus in Pretoria. The training will allow participants to get an in-depth view into Co-Benefits analysis and methodologies and to learn more about important issues related to renewable energy deployment.


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?


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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