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Mobilizing the Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation through Capacity Building among Public Policy Institutions

As of: May 2020

Objective and activities

The project strengthens institutions in the target countries 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. Climate protection measures are largely discussed in the light of “burden sharing” whereas important benefits – such as local value creation, employment, health, water use, energy access and energy security – are frequently overlooked. In collaboration with national knowledge partners, the project elaborates country specific co-benefits of climate policies, with emphasis on the opportunities presented by renewable power generation. The project links these potentials to mitigation strategies and measures in the target countries and enables international mutual learning and capacity building among policymakers, knowledge partners and multipliers on enabling environments to seizing the co-benefits of climate change mitigation.

State of implementation/results

  • Successful Start of the COBENEFITS Trainings in India, South Africa and Viet Nam – training activities have under RENAC to date have reached more than 180 mebers oft he governments and administrations in the countries – High-ranking country delegates from India, South Africa, Mexico, and Viet Nam, invited by BMU and IASS, discussed the stategic role of co-benefits for implementation and ambition-raising of NDCs – CO-BENEFITS country reports have been published, and presented to the South-African partner ministries.
  • COBENEFITS “Enabling Policies Roundtables” in India have commenced (March 2019) – Led by UfU, a wide circle of stakeholders developed options for common approaches to raise ambitions in climate protection in conjunction with Co-Benefits for economy and society in India.

Project data

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

Implementing organisation:
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Partner institution(s):
  • 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 Urbanisation (MoEU) - Turkey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Turkey, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) - Viet Nam, 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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