Social Benefits of Renewable Energies

Boosted by impressive technological innovation and cost reductions, renewable energy in a growing number of countries is now primarily considered for its social and economic benefits. Among these benefits are opportunities for local value creation, for responding to growing energy demands and for reducing conflicts over scarce water, which are aggravated by fossil power generation. Allowing for distributed electricity generation, the rapidly expanding renewable energy world is opening up business models for many, including local communities, citizens and citizens’ cooperatives. Domestic energy policy can shape the enabling environment to seizing the social benefits of renewable energy.

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The COBENEFITS Approach of Strategic Co-Benefit Assessments

With its co‐benefit assessment studies, the COBENEFITS project explores how ambitious domestic renewable energy and climate change mitigation targets will be supportive of other social and economic performance targets of governments and ministries in the partner countries. This paper describes the project process, divided in 1. Selection and Prioritization of Co-Benefits, 2. Reference Policy Scenarios (Climate and Energy) and 3. Research Capacity and Needs Assessment.

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Factsheet: Leveraging the Social and Economic Co-Benefits of Ambitious and Early Climate Action

This factsheet contains information on the social and economic opportunities of renewable energies with examples from India, Germany, South Africa, and the world, along with key recommendations for leveraging the co-benefits of ambitious and early climate action. The factsheet was created for the Petersberg Climate Dialogue IX in collaboration with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. More…


Germany–Latin America: Fostering Strategic Alliances for a Global Energy Transition

As Renewable Energies bring along important economic and social benefits, they also open up options for political dialogue on the basis of global opportunity sharing. Latin America is of strategic importance for Germany’s international sustainable energy policies. Sustainable energy technologies not only have a large potential market in Latin America but also offer opportunities to address some of the region’s pressing issues. Moreover, Latin America offers interesting learning opportunities. More…


Building New Alliances – Seizing Opportunities – Raising Climate Ambitions in the new energy world of renewables

In collaboration with national knowledge partners in India, South Africa, Vietnam and Turkey, the project elaborates country-specific co-benefits of climate policies, with emphasis on the opportunities presented by renewable power generation. With its political partners in government departments and agencies, COBENEFITS connects the social and economic opportunities of renewable energies to climate change mitigation strategies. The COBENEFITS project contributes to building strong alliances and lowering political barriers to revisit and effectively implement Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  More…