Climate Opportunity 2019


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On 15 and 16 October 2019, ministerial representatives and more than 150 international experts and leaders from science, public administration, politics, the private sector and civil society met in Berlin on the occasion of Climate Opportunity 2019: Co-Benefits for Just Energy Futures.

Under the auspices of Germany’s International Climate Initiative, Climate Opportunity 2019 was opened by Dr. Karsten Sach, Director General of International and European Policy and Climate Policy at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).


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Programme: Climate Opportunity 2019


Opening by Sebastian Helgenberger (COBENEFITS)

Harry Fearnehough (NewClimate): Employment

Alexander Ochs (SD Strategies): Energy-Access

Joseph Dickman (Climate Investment Fund): Prosperity

Emma Zinsmeister (EPA): Health

Laura Nagel (COBENEFITS): Co-Benefits Communication

Katarzyna Rezza (GIZ): Globalising the Energiewende


The Global Policy Forum on 15 October 2019 was organised in the newly opened Futurium Berlin, comprising High-Level Policy Panels, interactive working groups and an exhibition of key initiatives and state-of-the-art knowledge that addressed:

  • Employment, People’s Health and Economic Prosperity: Can the social and economic opportunities of renewable energy and energy saving drive ambitious climate action?
  • How can these co-benefits of climate action support the building of alliances for climate action, and raising the ambition of NDCs, to successfully deliver on the Paris Agreement?
  • How can climate policies and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) be connected to facilitate just energy transitions?
  • What political leverages can ministries generate to maximise health benefits and opportunities for employment and economic prosperity for our countries?

Deep Dive Workshops on 16 October 2019 explored:

  • Best available tools for country-specific co-benefits assessments
  • Communication and public participation to build alliances for ambitious climate action
  • Capacity building to mobilise the co-benefits of climate action

Climate Opportunity 2019 was organised by the global COBENEFITS project in partnership with Ambition to Action, powered by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Environment Ministry (BMU).

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