Renewable energies: More than climate protection

In the fight against climate change, it’s vital that developing and emerging nations also abandon their fossil fuels, which are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. The co-benefits of renewable energy policies can become a decisive argument for structural change.

On March 5, Tagesspiegel Background reported on a study of investment and jobs in the German energy sector. In this context, Green MP Julia Verlinden criticised the federal government for its failure to acknowledge the contribution of renewables to economic development and job creation. The stance of our government in this regard is indeed baffling. More…

COBENEFITS talk series in the US

February 2018

At the invitation of the American Council on Germany (ACG), COBENEFITS project leader Sebastian Helgenberger gave a series of talks in the US on the social benefits of renewable energies, sharing international experiences from the COBENEFITS project as well as lessons learned from Germany’s Energiewende. More…

GIZ/IASS Expert Roundtable in Beijing, China

Beijing, China

The expert roundtable on the topic “Mobilizing the multiple benefits of renewable energies in China: Building new alliances – seizing opportunities – raising climate ambitions” brought together eminent thinkers to address options to spark political momentum for seizing the opportunities linked to renewable energies in China. It explored how China’s transition to the new energy world unravels longtime trade-offs between economic, social and environmental interests and how China’s increasingly leading role in international climate diplomacy translates back to immediate opportunities for domestic development and welfare. More…

IASS – CAS/IAE Science-Policy Roundtable in Shenyang, China

Shenyang, China

Domestic and international climate policies, with renewable power generation as one of their central pillars, are increasingly being explored for their social and economic opportunities. Among these benefits are the linking of water and energy security, social ownership, distributed revenues in the energy system, and improvements in air quality and health. Harnessing the multiple benefits of renewable power generation requires the careful alignment of policy measures, science and technology innovations, and different stakes in society to create an enabling environment.

Since 2014, the IASS Potsdam and the Institute for Applied Ecology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS-IAE) have worked together to explore the mobilisation of the co-benefits of climate change mitigation, and renewable power generation in particular.