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Mobilising the sustainability effects of GHG reductions by building the capacities of national authorities

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

Successful climate policies depend heavily on the interest in the socio-economic, additional benefits climate protection can generate, including local value creation, jobs, health, water consumption, energy security and access to electricity. The project strengthens the ability of the partner countries’ stakeholders to advise ministries on these additional, socio-economic benefits. Together with national knowledge partners, the project therefore points out the additional benefits of national climate change mitigation strategies, with particular emphasis on renewable electricity production. Identified potential is linked to these mitigation strategies in the partner countries, enabling mutual learning between politics, science and multipliers with the ultimate aim of implementing the additional benefits. Communicating this approach also helps to push ahead with the effective implementation of the NDC and to realise planned increases in ambition.

State of implementation/results

  • COBENEFITS trainings have been implemented in India, South Africa, Vietnam and Turkey.
  • Members of the delegations from India, South Africa, Mexico and Vietnam discussed at COP24 in Katowice on invitation of the BMU and IASS the strategic role of co-benefits for the successful implementation and ambition raising of the NDC.
  • COBENEFITS country reports for South Africa have been published and handed over to the South African partner ministries
  • Launch of COBENEFITS "Enabling Policies Roundtables" in India (March 2019)
  • In October 2019, 100 representatives from governments and expert organisations from 16 countries discussed at the international conference "Climate Opportunity 2019 - Co-Benefits for Just Energy Futures" in Berlin, which was organised by the project.
  • A series of reports on the opportunities of climate protection and energy system transformation in India, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam was published in 2019.
  • Key results of the study series were presented in the form of appealing graphs intended for low-threshold application. The graphs are available on the COBENEFITS website.
  • In her press briefing at COP25 on 13.12.2019, Minister Schulze emphasizes the importance of the COBENEFITS project for the South African Just Transition process.
  • Results of the COBENEFITS project were presented in four further events at COP25.
  • So far, the project has trained around 300 employees of government agencies and expert organisations on country-specific socio-economic opportunities of decarbonising power generation for employment, local income, easing the burden on health systems and securing access to energy in seminars in Berlin, Delhi, Hanoi, Pretoria and Ankara. In addition, about 1400 participants took the opportunity to participate the COBENEIFTS webinars on these topics.
  • On request of Fridays for Future the IASS prepares a German language factsheet on the social and economic opportunities of climate protection and energy system transformation.

Project data

India, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, Vietnam

Implementing organisation:
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Partner institution(s):
  • Department of Energy (DoE) - South Africa*
  • Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) - South Africa
  • Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) - South Africa*
  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – South Africa
  • Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources - Turkey
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Kenya
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico
  • Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation (MoEU) - Turkey
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Turkey
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Vietnam
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy - India
  • International Energy Transition (IET) - Germany
  • Renewables Academy AG (RENAC)
  • Unabhängiges Institut für Umweltfragen e.V. (UfU)

BMU grant:
5.515.000,00 €

03/2017  till  04/2022


COBENEFITS - From burden sharing to opportunity sharing

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