COBENEFITS Policy Dialogue – Country Focus South Africa – BETD 2019

Harnessing the Co‐Benefits of Climate Action – Enabling a Just Transition

10.April 2019, 09:00 – 10:30, Rathenau Hall
Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD)
German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

The global transition to renewable sources of energy is in full swing. The social and economic opportunities presented by this transformation are spurring the growth of renewable energy generation in many countries. Among many other countries South Africa is in the midst of an energy transition, with important social and economic implications, depending on the pathways that are chosen. Against this background South Africa has launched a widely acknowledged country‐wide Just Transition Dialogue series.

Launching the 2019 COBENEFITS Report Series for South Africa
The whole debate boils down to a single question: How can renewables improve the lives of the people in South Africa? Four new studies, published by IASS Potsdam and CSIR Energy Centre, contribute the much‐needed data and figures to this question. They provide important guidance on further shaping South Africa’s energy pathways to maximise the social and economic co‐benefits of the new energy world of renewables while facilitating a just transition.


  • Norbert Gorißen, Deputy Director General, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
  • Sebastian Helgenberger, IASS Potsdam
  • Tasneem Essop, Commissioner National Planning Commission, South Africa
  • Thabang Audat, Chief Director Energy Planning, Department of Energy South Africa
  • Brenda Martin, CEO South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA)

Further Discussants:

  • Ruan Fourie, CSIR Energy Centre, South Africa
  • Tobias Zeller, South African‐German Energy Partnership