This research is underpinned by the realization that as well as contributing towards efforts to protect the climate, energy transitions can yield a host of other dividends. They offer opportunities to initiate ambitious societal transformations and unlock previously untapped social and economic potentials. The opportunities of the global energy transition include local value creation and new employment opportunities, broader access to energy, the mitigation of conflicts over scarce water resources, and public health gains as a result of improved air quality.
In light of this, many countries are already using renewables to address urgent challenges. But the full potential of renewables is yet to be fully explored. The research group "Social and Economic Opportunities of the Energy Transition" analyses these so-called co-benefits and identifies barriers to their mobilisation. The work of this research group supports partner countries in achieving their goals with renewable energies and fostering a just energy transition.