The global transition to renewable sources of energy is in full swing. Complementing climate action, the social and economic opportunities presented by this transformation have spurred the growth of renewable energy generation in many countries. The positive effects include local economic value creation and jobs, clean air, access to cheap energy, and rural development. Yet in spite of this, discussions of climate protection measures all too often focus on the economic burdens they impose and overlook the social and economic co-benefits of renewables as a key climate protection strategy.
Together with many of Germany’s partner countries in the area of energy and climate policy, the project consortium led by the IASS is carrying out country-specific analyses of the social and economic potentials of an ambitious climate protection programme based on renewable energies. To exploit these potentials, policy instruments are being developed with partners from policy institutions, academia, business and civil society. This collaborative approach to setting project goals and developing solutions will also lay the foundations for new and strong alliances for ambitious efforts to protect the global climate.
Highlighting the advantages of an ambitious climate protection programme
The starting point for the project is climate protection strategies and measures in the different partner countries. Working closely with local researchers, we will identify the specific advantages of renewables in each country as well as the barriers to their mobilisation. At the same time, the project aims to encourage dialogue between policymakers, researchers and multipliers at international level to advance the global framework for climate protection. In this way, it will also contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Spreading the word about the benefits of renewables at local and international level
As part of the project, we will develop materials for use in workshops and outreach activities to convey the benefits of renewable energies to the wider public. Discussion forums with experts from academia and policy institutes, online courses, face-to-face seminars, and workshops with project participants will serve to raise awareness of these benefits. Beyond that, the project researchers are formulating ideas for a common research design at international level. In addition to several country reports, studies and policy briefs, a closing conference is planned for summer 2019.
03/2017 to 02/2020
- Renewables Academy (RENAC)
- Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU)
- International Energy Transition (IET)
- Ministries of energy/climate/environmental affairs in target countries
- National research and knowledge partners in target countries
energy transition, renewable energy, co-benefits, implementing climate goals, climate policy, co-creation
Scientific Project Leader: Dr Sebastian Helgenberger
Research Associate: Dr Sylvia Borbonus
Supervising Director: Prof. Ortwin Renn
Contributions and Impulses
- Social Benefits of Renewable Energies: Creating the Environment for Societal Ownership – Lessons learned from Germany’s Energiewende
- Secure and Sustainable Energy in a Water-Constrained World
- The Water-Energy Nexus: Seeking Integrated Solutions
- GIZ – IASS Expert Roundtable “Mobilizing the multiple benefits of renewable energies in China: Building new alliances – seizing opportunities – raising climate ambitions”, Beijing, China, 2nd of March 2017
- IASS – CAS/IAE Science-Policy Roundtable “Mobilising the Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation” in Shenyang, China, 23./24. September 2016
- SAIREC 2015 Side Event “Towards sustainable energy security in a water-constrained world”, Cape Town, South Africa, 5th of October 2015