International Autumn School “Climate Policy and Energy System Transformation: New Opportunities and Challenges of the Consideration of Co-Benefits”

Climate policies like the European Green Deal are fostering the transformation of energy systems. As energy use is the main contributor to global CO2 emissions, the decarbonisation of energy systems is seen as an important pillar of the combat of global warming. The focus of the School will be on the policies inducing energy system transformations and in particular, it will be concerned with a broad range of their different effects. In recent years, scientists from different disciplines dedicated much effort on investigating co-effects, i.e. effects that climate policies generate additionally to the primarily intended climate protection effects.

A range of studies assessed co-benefits to be even of a similar order of magnitude to greenhouse gas abatement cost estimates. It is argued by several scientists that ancillary benefits could motivate action on climate change and there are several ancillary effects that are strong motivators. Therefore, the School will address different kinds of co-effects like those on gender gaps, biodiversity and energy security. A meaningful analysis of co-effects is required to be interdisciplinary. Therefore, the School will teach interdisciplinary approaches and the disciplines involved are amongst others economics, philosophy, psychology, environmental and political sciences.

The School will address and present state-of-the-art concepts and methods to capture effects of low-carbon policies in order to improve the scope for well-informed decision-making of policymakers. The school will sensitize the participants for the complexity faced by policymakers and researchers concerned with climate policy. Furthermore, over five days, the school aims to provide such skills and knowledge to students, which are required for the sophisticated task of including different effects with different features in the analysis of climate policy. The School includes different elements like lecture parts, workshops (linked to the content of the lectures), poster exhibitions and an open panel discussion.

The autumn school will be held September 13-17, 2021.

Accepted participants will receive full reimbursement of travel expenses and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers.

Please note that due to the current pandemic situation, only candidates who can prove full vaccination status at the time of the event can be accepted.


You can find the School’s programme here.

More information can be found on TU Freiberg’s website