The COBENEFITS project offers training courses on the co-benefits of climate change mitigation with renewable energy technologies and on country-specific co-benefits in the partner countries South Africa, India, Vietnam and Turkey.

The courses are created by RENAC, one of the leading international providers for training and capacity building on renewable energy and energy efficiency, in collaboration with the project consortium, national focal points and local knowledge partners.
RENAC follows a blended learning approach, i.e. the combination of online courses (e-learning) as preparation for face-to-face trainings to be conducted in the partner countries in 2018 and 2019. Within the project duration from 3/2017 until 2/2020, the following training measures are planned:

  • Creation of new co-benefits online courses with a total learning time of 120 hours (Additionally, further online courses are offered to potential participants depending on the specific needs of the partner countries)
  • Face-to-face trainings with a total duration of 14 days in each partner country

The courses will cover various aspects of renewable energy technologies, co-benefits of renewable energy in climate change mitigation, methodologies and tools to assess co-benefits, international and national climate policies, and sustainable power system planning.

Who can apply for the COBENEFITS trainings?

The COBENEFITS training programme is targeting professionals from India, South Africa, Vietnam, and Turkey working in the following public and private sectors:

  • Ministries recognising the importance of climate protection/policy and/or with responsibility for energy policy on national level
  • Subordinate authorities and regulators, regional or local administration
  • Policy makers on subnational/state level
  • Financial institutions
  • Energy or climate related agencies, think tanks and research institutions


Online trainings

Online trainings are open between 10.09.2019 and 31.01.2020. Participants that have successfully registered can start the classes at any time within this timeframe. There is no registration deadline. Please note that the last chance to pass the exams to get your “COBENEFITS Specialist in Renewable Energy” certificate is 27.01.2020.

The online trainings consist of the following modules:

  • Co-Benefits Fundamentals
  • Co-Benefits Policies
  • Co-Benefits Methodology and Energy Planning

For all information on the online trainings visit


Next face-to-face trainings


South Africa

Date Topic Deadline for application Online application
30.+31.10.2019 Applying and evaluating methods, tools and instruments to mobilise ambitious NDCs and climate change mitigation 13.10.2019 Open soon
04.+05.11.2019 Sustainable power system planning and IRP modelling for South Africa (Pretoria) 20.10.2019 Open soon



Date Topic Deadline for application Online application
30.09.+01.10.2019 Applying and evaluating methods, tools and instruments to mobilise ambitious NDCs and climate change mitigation (New-Delhi) 16.09.2019 Apply here



Date Topic Deadline for application Online application
24.+25.09.2019 Sustainable power system planning with co-benefits (Ankara) 10.09.2019 Apply here
08.+09.10.2019 Applying and evaluating methods, tools and instruments to mobilise ambitious NDCs and climate change mitigation (Ankara) 23.09.2019 Apply here
21.+23.10.2019 Assessment of the future development of employment in the power sector and skills needed in Turkey (Istanbul) 06.10.2019 Open soon
21.+23.10.2019 Assessment of industry development, trade and innovation induced by renewable power generation in Turkey (Istanbul) 06.10.2019 Open soon



More information and how to apply

For more information about training topics, requirements for participation, scholarship options, dates and deadlines for application please visit

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