Overline: IASS COBENEFITS International Policy Workshop
Headline: The road from Paris to Bonn and beyond: Mobilizing the social and economic co-benefits of climate change mitigation

Building on the COBENEFITS Project of Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI), led by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, policy options to integrate the co-benefits approach to the international climate architecture of the Paris Agreement have been elaborated in this international setting of 25 invited participants, with inputs from representatives of international partners from countries such as China, India, Kenia, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam as well as representatives from key ministries in Germany.

COBENEFITS Impulse (Policy Paper)

COBENEFITS Poster  (Graphic Recording)

Workshop Agenda & Rationale

Further reading: social benefits of renewable energies

The social and economic co-benefits of climate change mitigation and renewable energies have become key drivers of the global transition towards the new renewable energy world.

These developments correspond to an observable paradigm shift – from ‘burden sharing’ to an increasing degree of ‘opportunity sharing’ – a shift that was reflected in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Given urgency of bold and timely climate action the co-benefits of climate change mitigation should be mobilized further to accelerate the global transition towards renewable energies and help limit the dangerous consequences of global warming.

Germany as established a number of strategic climate and energy partnerships with countries such as South Africa, India, Turkey and Vietnam to work towards an ambitious international climate and renewable energy agenda. The IASS-COBENEFITS Policy Workshop has brought together distinguished experts from these countries to share their perspectives on the current and potential future role of social and economic co-benefits in climate and energy policy.

Guiding questions:

  1. Which role to the social and economic co-benefits of renewable energies play in climate and energy policies of Germany, South Africa, Turkey, Vietnam and India?
  2. Through which policy options could the co-benefit perspective help to facilitate a successful implementation of the Paris Agreement?
  3. How could the co-benefits of climate change mitigation be strategically mobilized to better connect climate change mitigation, renewable energies and sustainable development opportunities (SDGs)?


The IASS COBENEFITS Policy Workshop is organized in the context of the project “Mobilizing the Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation through Capacity Building among Public Policy Institutions” (COBENEFITS).

The COBENEFITS project is conducted by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS, Lead) in partnership with:

renac - renewables academy, UfU - Independent Institute for Environmental Issues, IET - International Energy Transition

This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.

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