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The COBENEFITS team
The COBENEFITS project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. The project is conducted in close collaboration with government ministries, agencies, research institutions, and think tanks as political partners and knowledge partners in the target countries. The organisational consortium consists of Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e. V. (IASS, lead), Renewables Academy AG (RENAC), the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU), and International Energy Transition (IET).

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Funded by the ministries of research of the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Brandenburg, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) aims to identify and promote development pathways for a global transformation towards a sustainable society. The IASS employs a transdisciplinary approach that encourages dialogue to understand sustainability issues and generate potential solutions in cooperation with partners from the sciences, politics, the economy, and civil society. A strong network of national and international partners supports the work of the institute. Its central research topics include the energy transition, emerging technologies, climate change, ocean governance, air quality, systemic risks, governance and participation, and cultures of transformation.

renac - renewables academy The Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) is a leading Berlin-based international provider for training and capacity building on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since its founding in 2008, more than 8,000 participants from 147 countries have participated in training programmes. RENAC’s belief is that knowledge is one of the key factors for the sustainable development of clean and secure energy supplies. Through training and capacity building, it aims at propagating the necessary know-how to satisfy the increasing demand for expertise throughout the industry, financial institutions and policy-setting bodies in the green markets. Its workshops and courses cover the whole value chain of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures. RENAC covers topics and skills needed for financing, managing, engineering, assessing, implementing, designing, and maintaining alternative energy systems. It provides its clients with an understanding of the issues and challenges, as well as the skills to implement renewable energy projects on and off the electricity grid.

The Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU e.V.) is both a scientific and officially recognized non-governmental organization that consists of departments on energy efficiency and energy transition, climate protection and transformative education, environmental law and participation, as well as nature protection and environmental communication. UfU is mainly working on research assignments and model projects financed by federal ministries, federal states and municipalities as well as foundations. In addition to its scientific activities, the institute initiates and engages in local and international projects and networks. Approximately 30 employees currently work at UfU. The main office of the institute is in Berlin with a branch in Halle/Saale.

The International Energy Transition GmbH (IET) is a Berlin-based consulting firm providing advisory services on the transition of energy systems towards high shares of renewables and increasing energy efficiency. We provide leading-edge research solutions to ministries, regulators, international organisations and private sector clients. Our consulting services include capacity building for decision makers, research and advice on innovative policy design and international market analyses. IET also provides on-call expertise on clean energy policies to governments and regulators around the world through the Clean Energy Solutions Center.