Co-benefits of renewables: Reviewing the toolbox of assessment methods

IASS – GIZ Expert Roundtable
Side event to the 4th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

11.04.2018, 13:00 – 17:45
IASS Potsdam

On invitation only

IASS – GIZ Expert Roundtable with insights from the China Renewable Energy Outlook and the international COBENEFITS project: in the context of the 2018 Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, the roundtable brings together experts from research, ministries and the science-policy interface to address opportunities to mobilise the social and economic opportunities of renewable energy, opening and elaborating the toolbox of co-benefit assessments, and improving their policy-relevance.

The global transition toward renewable sources of energy is in full swing, with Germany and China among the leaders in the emerging new energy world. Complementing climate action, the social and economic opportunities presented by this transformation have spurred the growth of renewable energy generation in many countries. The positive effects include local economic value creation and jobs, clean air, access to cheap energy, and rural development. Yet discussions of climate measures too often focus on their economic burdens and overlook social and economic co-benefits of renewables.

Scientific and reliable methods to assess socio-economic as well as air quality-related co-benefits are key to mobilising social and economic opportunities of renewable energy for ambitious climate action and accelerating renewable energy deployment.

Flagship assessments, like the China Renewable Energy Outlook (CREO, supported by the German Energy Transition Expertise for China project), and multi-lateral assessment studies, such as the international COBENEFITS project, offer important opportunities for mutual learning both in terms of improving our toolboxes of assessment methods and making results relevant and applicable for policy makers.

In light of the promising results of the 2017 GIZ-IASS Beijing Co-Benefits roundtable, in this April, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbelt (GIZ) will invite experts from China, Germany, and the USA to Potsdam, Germany, to further develop and elaborate on assessment methods, theories and conclusions achieved from last year’s event.




Roundtable Agenda

Time Contents Contributors
13:00 – 13:30 Welcome Tea / Coffee
13:30 – 14:15 Opening: Mobilising the Co-Benefits of Renewable Energy  
Objectives and expectations for the workshop – recalling results from 2017 GIZ-IASS Co-Benefits Round Table Sebastian Helgenberger (IASS) & Anders Hove (GIZ)
Participants’ Introduction Round (Expertise / Interests / Expectations) all
The COBENEFITS project approach Sebastian Helgenberger (IASS)
14:15 – 15:30 Socio-Economic Co-Benefits Toolbox  
Assessment of socio-economic impacts of developing renewable energy in China towards 2050 Dai Hancheng (CNREC)
Q&A all
Discussion impulse: Socio-assessment of renewable energy in global perspective Rainer Quitzow (IASS)
Roundtable Discussion Improving our Socio-Economic Co-Benefits Toolbox (incl. real world lessons learned from COBENEFITS) all
Reviewing the toolbox of socio-economic assessment methods Sylvia Borbonus (IASS)
15:30 – 15:50 Coffee Break
15:50 – 16:50 Air pollution & health Co-Benefits Toolbox  
The health benefits of developing renewable energy in China towards 2050 Dai Hancheng (CNREC)
Q&A all
Co-presentation: Modelling Air Quality: Need for good emission scenarios”, Tim Butler (IASS)
Round Table Discussion: Connecting Air Quality analyses with socio-economic assessments (incl. real world lessons learned from COBENEFITS) all
Air quality: Lessons learned from a Life Cycle Analysis on Wind Power in China Xue Bing (CAS  / IASS)
16:50 – 17:10 Coffee Break
17:10 – 17:45 Making Co-Benefits policy-relevant  
Socio-economic assessments: making them policy relevant Jürgen Keinhorst (BMU)
Response: COBENEFITS: Impact Strategy IASS (Helgenberger)
Outlook and Closing Sebastian Helgenberger (IASS) & Anders Hove (GIZ)
17:45 Evening Reception