Oct 21, 2020

Kenya and Mexico: new COBENEFITS partner countries

COBENEFITS has entered the sec­ond project phase, fac­ing excit­ing new devel­op­ments. We are hap­py to announce that Mex­i­co and Kenya are new COBENEFITS part­ner coun­tries. The cur­rent project phase runs from May 2020 until April 2022.

Oct 14, 2020

Vietnam’s Updated Climate Goals Aim at Maximizing the Co-Benefits of Climate Action

Man installing a solar panel on a roof in Vietnam. Renewables provide job opportunities and have multiple other co-benefits.
Renew­ables cre­ate a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of jobs in Viet­nam. © GreenID

Viet­nam has recent­ly incor­po­rat­ed a new sec­tion into its updat­ed Nation­al­ly Deter­mined Con­tri­bu­tion (NDC) under the Unit­ed Nations Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC) to empha­size the socio-eco­nom­ic co-ben­e­fits of cli­mate action for the country.

Sep 02, 2020

Covid-19 Crisis: Renewables Can Help to Unburden Health Care Systems and Restart Economies

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Work­er clean­ing solar pan­els. © Den­nis Schroed­er / CC BY NCND 2

Economies around the world have been severe­ly affect­ed by the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic. Sub­stan­tial polit­i­cal efforts will be need­ed to sta­bi­lize employ­ment mar­kets and relieve pres­sure on health sys­tems. Renew­able ener­gy gen­er­a­tion can pro­vide impor­tant stim­uli for efforts to achieve these goals.

Dec 21, 2019


Co-benefits and just transition panel at the EU Pavilion
Co-Ben­e­fits and Just Tran­si­tion Pan­el at the EU Pavilion

Dur­ing the first week of the COP25 in Madrid, the COBENEFITS team co-organ­ised and par­tic­i­pat­ed in diverse dis­cus­sions and pan­els. How can co-ben­e­fits be active­ly mobi­lized for ambi­tious and ear­ly action? How can just tran­si­tion mea­sures be effec­tive­ly includ­ed into NDCs? Through dis­cus­sion with local prac­ti­tion­ers, diverse NGO rep­re­sen­ta­tives and COP25 atten­dants, the mile­stones for more ambi­tious cli­mate action were defined as the sci­en­tif­ic local research on the social and eco­nom­ic oppor­tu­ni­ties of cli­mate action and the effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion of these co-ben­e­fits. More…

Dec 12, 2019

COP25: Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze on COBENEFITS

© BMU/Sascha Hilgers

In addi­tion to cli­mate pro­tec­tion, there are many oth­er good argu­ments for opt­ing against coal and for renew­able ener­gies: That’s what Sven­ja Schulze, Fed­er­al Min­is­ter for the Envi­ron­ment, Nature Con­ser­va­tion and Nuclear Safe­ty, point­ed out in a press brief­ing on Just Tran­si­tion at COP25 in Madrid on Decem­ber 12, 2019. Sven­ja Schulze and her team, includ­ing Karsten Sach, Direc­tor Inter­na­tion­al and Euro­pean Pol­i­cy at BMU, high­light­ed the remark­able social and eco­nom­ic oppor­tu­ni­ties of decar­boniz­ing the pow­er sec­tor and referred to assess­ment results of the COBENEFITS project in South Africa.


Dec 11, 2019

Successful trainings in South Africa

Our suc­cess­ful series of face-to-face train­ings on the co-ben­e­fits of renew­able ener­gy in South Africa has come to an end. We’re hap­py to have seen strong inter­est by all par­tic­i­pants and engage­ment by mul­ti­ple impor­tant stake­hold­ers, among them the Depart­ment of Ener­gy, Depart­ment of Envi­ron­ment Mpumalan­ga and the South African Nation­al Ener­gy Devel­op­ment Insti­tute (SANEDI). More…