Week of 20 – 26th April 2020

Circular economy and consumption. How floating offshore wind can help to go climate neutral. Nature-related financial risks. How solar energy can contribute to a sustainable European agricultural policy. Dairy methane reduction technologies. The European Green Deal. Climate change risk management. Enhancing climate ambition in transport. Find out about these and more online events of the week!

20 – 25 April
“Earth Day Week 2020” Online Conference (by We Don’t Have Time Climate Conference, Earth Day Network and Exponential Roadmap)

Broadcasting of live talks and other daily shows from Washington DC, Stockholm and with speakers, thinkers and doers from all over the world. This is a climate conference which is public, free, online, no-fly. The program features the brightest minds to discuss solutions to the most daring challenge humanity has ever faced: the climate crisis.

20 – 23 April
“European Webcast Week” (by the Electric Power Research Institute)

The event will bring together TSOs, DSOs and European electricity stakeholders in focused webcasts covering transmission and distribution operations and planning, information and communications technology, cyber security, blockchain applications, energy storage, customer integration, DER, energy efficiency and renewable generation. The webcasts provide an opportunity to coordinate research and demonstration activities with projects and priorities at European TSOs and DSOs (in coordination with both ENTSO-e and E.DSO).

20 April, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“Energy Solutions for Cities of the Future: Enabling the Integration of Low-Temperature Renewable Energy Sources into DHC Network” (by IRENA)

The webinar will provide an introduction to renewable energy applications for district heating and will present the key elements of strategic heating and cooling planning as a first step for the integration of low-temperature renewable energy sources in district energy networks. This webinar is a part of series building on the ongoing IRENA’s work on enabling the integration of low-temperature renewable energy sources into district heating and cooling networks.

20 April, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
“IRENA‘s New Global Renewables Outlook” (by IRENA)

As countries consider their economic stimulus options in face of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must confront the challenge of ensuring sustainability and strengthening resilience while improving people’s health and welfare. The need remains for an accelerated path to meet global climate goals through the decarbonisation of our societies. Join the press conference to find out about IRENA’s key findings on an energy transformation 2050. Join the event directly here.

20 April, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CEST
“Sustainable Building Facades and Circular Economy” (by Technal)

With the mega trillion-dollar construction activities expected in Asia in the coming years, sustainable construction practices and materials will be the driver for a safe carbon free future. The goal of the webinar is to highlight the construction of sustainable building envelopes in compressed urban spaces where more people will live per square kilometer.

20 April, 3:00 – 6:30 PM CEST
“Earth Day Week 2020: Finance” (by We Don’t Have Time Climate Conference, Earth Day Network and Exponential Roadmap)

The finance industry holds, many would claim, the key to securing the transition to a fossil-free society. Solutions need funding to scale exponentially, and the fossil fuel industry needs to be defunded. Climate-conscious stakeholders are already moving in this direction. Is the finance industry actually the climate movement’s best friend? Join the conference and watch thinkers, doers, and industry leaders patch together an answer to this question.

20 April, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Climate change risk management” (by Delft University of Technology)

Webinar by Petra Doell: a hydrologist whose work focuses on modeling global water resources, professor of hydrology at the Institute of Physical Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt. Join directly via Zoom here.

20 April, 5:00 – 6:30 PM CEST (11:00 AM EST)
Confronting climate change in the global COVID-19 recovery” (by Brookings and NDC Partnership)

Should recovering from the pandemic and investing in climate resiliency be viewed independently? What have we learned from COVID-19 that should inform our response to climate change? What have we learned from previous stimulus measures that aimed to drive climate-friendly investment? And what would climate-friendly recovery plans aligned with the principles of the Paris Agreement look like?

20 April, 6:30 – 7:30 PM CEST
“Challenges and Potential Solutions for Integrating High-shares of Renewables into the Bulk Electric Network” (by IEEE Power & Energy Society, Saudi Arabia Chapter)

Integrating smart grids into the electric network. Impact & challenges of connecting high-shares of renewables into the network. Potential solutions – Network Reliability, Resiliency, and Optimization. Advancements in overhead line conductor technologies. Opportunities for increasing network capacity – optimizing the overhead line design.

20 April, 7:00 – 8:00 PM CEST (1:00 – 2:00 PM EST)
“Climate Action & Social Justice During COVID19: A Time for Transformation” (by Northeastern University)

This time of massive societal disruption is requiring us to reconsider many things, including how we prepare for the climate crisis and how we address growing inequities and disparities. In connection with Earth Day 2020’s 50-year celebration of activism, this panel will reflect on integrating climate action and social justice into this transformative time. Join this conversation about mobilizing for a better future for all.

20 April, 8:10 – 9:10 PM CEST (2:10 PM EST)
“The Carbon Free Farm” (by Iowa State University and IEEE Madison)

We will need to develop alternative fuels and fertilizers as fossil fuels become depleted and more expensive, and as climate change worsens. Developing local manufacturing processes to generate carbon-free fuel and fertilizer and powering those processes with renewable energy sources like solar and wind will eliminate farmers’ reliance on fossil fuels. And doing this all locally will remove much of the cost of transporting large amounts of fuel and fertilizers as well. A demonstration project at Pinehurst has shown that sustainable farming is possible.

21 April, 1:00 – 2:00 AM CEST (7:00 PM EST)
“Women on the Frontline of Climate & the Pandemic” (by EmpoderaClima)

Join the webinar to learn more about the relation between gender and climate change, as well as how this intersects with public health amid the pandemic of COVID-19. Speakers include feminist leaders from Brazil, Ireland, and the Philippines.

21 April, 9:00 – 10:00 AM CEST
“Covid-19 and COP26: What next for action on climate change?” (by Green Alliance)

In this event with three distinguished and experienced speakers from the world of climate politics, we will explore what this moment means for climate action in 2020. We will focus on the fall out from the decision to delay the United Nation’s climate talks, the growing calls for the recovery from the pandemic to be climate-friendly, and the economic and political uncertainties in the UK and across the world.

21 April, 9:30 – 10:30 AM CEST
“Industrial Strategies for Climate Leadership” (by Eurogas)

This online event will look to address the newly released EU Commission’s “Industrial Strategy for Europe”, the European Parliament’s views and what cutting edge technologies the gas industry can put forward to support achieving the goal of carbon-neutrality in 2050.

21 April, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM CEST
“Online Conference: Smart systems. Empowered citizens” (by WiseGRID)

After 4 years of WiseGRID, a three award-winning project under the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission, the partners will highlight the main project results and showcase how the WiseGRID tools can enable a decentralised energy system where all market players, including cooperatives and small and medium-sized enterprises can equally participate in the energy market.

21 April, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“Using the sun in more ways than one: How solar can contribute to a sustainable European Agricultural policy” (by SolarPower Europe)

This kick-off webinar will present the unique opportunities brought by the deployment of agricultural photovoltaic installations known as Agri-PV. Ahead of the launch of SolarPower Europe’s Agri-PV workstream, this webinar will showcase how solar companies work with European farmers to develop local and sustainable solutions, enabling a climate-friendly food and agricultural system – all powered by the sun.

21 April, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“Looking for Investment – Smart City Project Due Diligence” (by European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities)

If you are looking for investment into your Energy, Transport & Mobility or ICT focused Smart City project potential investors will seek assurances – the more uncertainty and the larger the scale of the investment required, the stricter. The assurances are provided by third party advisors, each with their own specialism, in a process called due diligence. This webinar explains what due diligence entails and how you can be best prepared at various stages of your project’s maturity.

21 April, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CET, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Nature-related Financial Risks” (by UNEP)

Find out about the latest research findings and resources for financial institutions to assess natural capital risks, and expectations for the sector to address these under global policy frameworks. Speakers from the London School of Economics, World Economic Forum, UNEP.

21 April, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CEST
“Putting EU Green Deal in Action: Upscaling sustainable home renovation with innovative financing tools” (by BuildUp EU)

Without effective home renovation programs and innovative financing models, it won’t be possible to meet the goals set out in the EU Green Deal. This webinar highlights two European Commission-funded projects supporting the objectives of the EU Green Deal: EuroPACE and RenOnBill. The initiatives demonstrate innovative financing tools that intend to de-couple financing from an individual by securing it by the property and attaching it to a utility bill.

21 April, 3:00 – 6:30 PM CEST
“Earth Day Week 2020: Circular economy and consumption” (by We Don’t Have Time Climate Conference, Earth Day Network and Exponential Roadmap)

In the developed world, consumption-based emissions make up a huge part of the total footprint. The Anthropocene is inextricably linked to ideals of material affluence and production and distribution models in the globalized economy. How do we remake our economies so that we do not overstep planetary boundaries? How do we scale solutions for sustainable production and consumption?

21 April, 3:00 – 4:15 PM CEST
“How floating offshore wind can help Europe go climate neutral – innovations and cost-reduction potential” (by WindEurope)

Floating offshore wind has a huge potential which remains largely unexploited. Massive amounts of wind resources exist in deep waters (+60m) where an estimated potential capacity of 4000 GW could be installed. This would open the door to offshore wind installations for countries such as Norway, Spain or Portugal. This workshop-style webinar will explore some of the solutions to these challenges together with experts, practitioners and captains of the industry.

21 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future – Innovative business models and price based service contracts” (by BuildUp EU)

Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) has existed for a number of years, but in many European Countries it is still not commonly used. What kind of business model innovations will drive uptake of service and performance based contracts? How can the EPC business model be made more attractive to all the parties involved?

21 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Sustainability After COVID-19: Voices from Leading International Organizations” (by Green Growth Knowledge Partnership)

In this webinar, we will hear from leading institutions – the Global Green Growth Institute, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank – on critical questions around sustainability after COVID-19: What does COVID-19 mean for sustainable development? What are the special needs of developing countries? Are existing green economy solutions being overlooked in COVID-19 response strategies? What would an ideal long-term COVID-19 stimulus package look like? What are the special needs of developing countries? What can we learn from COVID-19 to improve rapid-response to future large-scale disruptions?

21 April, 5:30 – 7:00 PM CEST
“Dairy Methane Reduction Technologies – A California-Denmark-Netherlands” (by Climate Smart Agriculture)

This webinar between the State of California and Governments of Denmark and the Netherlands will focus on climate warming greenhouse gases from the dairy animal agriculture sectors and new technologies to mitigate those emissions.

21 April, 6:00 – 7:30 PM CEST (12:00 – 1:30 PM EDT)
“Direct Air Capture” (by the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy)

In this webinar, Jen Wilcox, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Christoph Beuttler, Climeworks; and Sahag Voskian, MIT will discuss the ins and outs of Direct Air Capture. This webinar is part of a series explaining various carbon removal approaches.

21 April, 6:15 – 7:15 PM CEST (12:15 PM EDT)
“Agricultural Support Reform and Greenhouse Gas Emissions” (by International Food Policy Research Institute)

Governments spend over $US 700 billion dollars per year on agricultural support measures such as subsidies, border price distortions and investments in raising productivity. Agriculture and land use change contribute close to a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions policy makers have little information on the implications of agricultural support for emissions. This seminar examines the links between agricultural support and emissions from agriculture to help guide policy reforms that lower emissions, reduce poverty and improve nutrition.

22 April, Wednesday : 🌏Earth Day

22 April, whole day
“24 hour Webinar: Happiness & Sustainability Around the Earth” (by Sustainable Development Solutions Network)

According to the World Happiness Report, happiness is a better measure of a nation’s progress than GDP and using social well-being as a goal drives better public policy. This 24-hour webinar will give us an opportunity to engage with experts and community leaders on how various sustainable development initiatives across the globe are creating a more just and thriving society, explore how the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) are being met across 13 regions and networks, discuss how happiness is still alive amidst a global pandemic.

22 April, 9:00 – 10:00 AM CEST (3:00 PM Hong Kong time)
“Coronavirus: Challenge or Opportunity? The Asian Sustainable Financing Perspective” (by Climate Bonds Initiative)

Where does the Asian Sustainable Financing stand in a Covid-stricken world? There are increasing calls for “Green Stimulus”, what could that mean for the transition to a low carbon economy? What are the sustainable finance and investment opportunities lying ahead in the region’s post-virus recovery?

22 April, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“How Cooling as a Service is set to revolutionise the cooling industry” (by the International Energy Agency)

Cooling accounts for 10% of global electricity consumption and demand is expected to triple by 2050. Given this context, innovative technical and financial solutions are required to ensure that cleaner and more efficient cooling solutions are adopted. This webinar will help participants understand how the innovative pay-per-use business model “Cooling as a Service” is set to revolutionise the cooling industry by overcoming the key market barriers for the commercial and industrial sectors.

22 April, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Enhancing Climate Ambition in Transport – Six Action Recommendations for Policymakers” (GIZ Transport and Climate)

GIZ experts will be outlining how you can use six action recommendations to align transport with the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

22 April, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CEST
“WasteForce webinar: Assessing Environmental Damage and Health Related Risks” (by WasteForce, Netherlands Forensic Institute, UNITAR)

The webinar will discuss the different types of damage (e.g. health risks, environmental damage, contamination of agricultural goods and economic damage) resulting from illegal trade, disposition and handling of waste. Basis for this webinar, is the recently published report on measuring environmental damage of illegal shipments of waste.

22 April, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
“Does information on energy costs lead to low efficiency purchases?” (by Centro Euro‐Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici)

The research team conducted a large-scale field experiment with an online retailer to evaluate the impact of energy cost information on purchasing decisions of large household appliances. Results show that drawing attention to energy costs leads to less efficient purchases – especially when providing lifetime energy costs. Search and navigation data on the retailer’s website confirm that the treatments increase attention paid to inefficient products. This is consistent with customers over-estimating energy savings from high-efficiency products. Results have implications for designing information campaigns aimed at promoting energy efficiency.

22 April, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
“Sustainable courage: a live conversation between Greta Thunberg and Johan Rockström from the Nobel Prize Museum” (by the Nobel Prize)

Greta Thunberg and Johan Rockström will meet for a digital conversation about courage, solidarity and opportunities in times of crisis streamed live from the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm. This year marks 50 years since Earth Day was first organised to highlight major environmental challenges in the world.

22 April, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CEST / 8:00 – 9:00 PM CEST
“En-ROADS Workshop: How Can Economic Stimulus Packages Help Address Climate Change?” (by Climate Interactive)

The En-ROADS Climate Workshop is a group experience which allows participants to visualize the impact of different climate solutions in real-time, using the En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator – a user-friendly climate model. This session will explore the intersections between climate change and the economic stimulus packages that governments are developing. The participants will consider how our actions to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crises can benefit our communities, environment, and climate.

22 April, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“An electrifying future?” (by WindEurope)

Adam Barber, Managing Director at Tamarindo Group, is inviting you to grab a coffee and come and join him and Vattenfall’s Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind, Gunnar Groebler. He will be asking Gunnar how he and the wider Vattenfall team are responding to the Covid-19 crisis, what that means for developers, utilities and the wider supply chain..

22 April, 3:00 – 6:30 PM CEST
“Earth Day Week 2020: Big ideas and education” (by We Don’t Have Time Climate Conference, Earth Day Network and Exponential Roadmap)

Conference’s special theme for the Earth Day is education and innovation. Among the topics covered: advancing health and education as climate action, climate ideas that challenge universities to lead by example, world’s first voluntary carbon removal marketplace for businesses … and much more!

22 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EDT)
Getting to Net Zero: Choices and Possibilities for Business” (by ClimateWise Business Network)

The Canadian government have committed to a net zero emissions target by 2050. Small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in this transition to a zero emission economy. Join the webinar to understand the implications of the climate crisis on your markets, supply chains and investment sources.

22 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EST)
“Gender, Education, and Climate Change: Reconfiguring the human-planet relationship through gender transformative education” (by the Brookings Institution)

In this webinar, panelists will attempt to unpack the challenges preventing gender-equitable relations by exploring the empirical relationships between gender, education, and climate change from a high level to implementation level. It is premised on the notion that we can reconfigure the human-planet relationship through the achievement not just of gender equality in education, but through a gender-transformative education.

22 April, 3:00 – 6:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST)
“Global Cooperation for the Environment: Policy, Technology, and Action” (by Wilson Center)

This event is an opportunity for global call to action, working across silos. Interdisciplinary collaboration and multi-sector partnerships can help leverage science and technology to play a critical role in shaping the design and execution of public policy…

22 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“New Proposed EU Green Bond Standard – An Introduction” (by Climate Bonds Initiative)

The European Commission’s Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth sets out a comprehensive strategy to further connect finance with sustainability. The EU Technical Expert Group’s proposed EU Green Bond Standard (EU GBS) strengthens the Commission’s commitment to creating standards and labels for green financial products. Join experts as they discuss the implications of the EU GBS in the European financial markets.

22 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“The opportunity of clean energy trade across the Mediterranean” (by ATA Insights)

The Mediterranean region has been connected for millennia for trade and cultural exchanges. In this webinar, look into the development of production capacity from renewable energy sources (green electricity and green gas) in the sunny south of the Mediterranean for own consumption and for export to Europe, including the promotion of a policy, regulatory, and financing framework to support this trade. The job creation and stability that could result from this trade could be of major significance in the post-COVID-19 world.

22 April, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Law, Climate Change, and Agriculture: legal tools in the arsenal” (by International Bar Association)

This one-hour webinar focuses on the role innovative agriculture practices and technologies play in GHG mitigation and adaptation in climate change, and highlights the legal, policy, and institutional changes that will encourage innovation in developing countries. Topics include: What is the role of innovative agriculture practices in combating climate change? How can one best jump-start innovation through legal, policy, and institutional changes? What is the role of the modern legal practitioner in addressing climate change in the agricultural sector?

22 April, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“COVID-19 challenges social licence to operate in the renewable energy transition” (by Verisk Maplecroft)

What is the social context in key producing countries where transition metal supply will have to increase to meet growing global demand? How will COVID-19 impact social licence to operate? Which are the countries that have already seen an increase in litigation to advance indigenous communities’ claims? What are the policy reforms we anticipate will take place in the coming decade that would impact project lifecycle?

22 April, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST (11:00 AM EST)
“Beyond carbon emissions: Collective solutions to environmental challenges” (by Atlantic Council)

Join for a virtual public event in honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. Expert panelists will explore how different actors from across the energy sector, from renewables to hydrocarbons, can work together to meet energy demand and achieve climate goals, while also safeguarding and improving the environment.

22 April, 5:00 – 6:15 PM CEST
“Earth Day: Virtual Youth Dialogue” (by UNEP Major Group for Children & Youth)

Inger Andersen, Executive Director will discuss with participants environmental governance in times of COVID19 and strengthening the role of youth. The target audience for this dialogue would be youth groups from different parts of the world, including but not limited to youth advocates, organisations working on-ground, activist movements like Fridays for Future, informal youth groups, etc.

22 April, 5:00 – 6:15 PM (11:00 AM EST)
“Panel Discussion on Climate Action and Resilience in the Age of COVID-19” (by New York University School of Global Public Health)

In honoring the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, join the virtual panel discussion on the impacts of COVID-19 on climate change. Attend this timely webinar to learn about how the novel coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape of climate action as we know it, as well as lessons it can teach us about resilience in times of uncertainty. No need to register, join directly via zoom link here.

22 April, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“National alliances for buildings and construction” (by PEEB and Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction)

The Programme Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB) warmly invites you to learn more about national alliances and how to get them started in the upcoming webinar on their report “National alliances for buildings and construction – Long-term partnerships for the energy transition”. This recently published report features national alliances and their success factors. It explores the experience of five alliances in France, Germany, Mexico, Morocco and Tunisia, and gives recommendations for establishing new ones. It demonstrates the potential and importance of national alliances in the transition towards low-emission, resilient and efficient buildings.

22 April, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Energy Efficiency Can Get Us Halfway to Climate Goals” (by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy)

As we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the threat of climate change remains and will also demand incredible resolve to address. Energy efficiency is a vital tool for putting people back to work and slashing harmful emissions. On Earth Day, join the webinar to explore how this tool can help revive the COVID-wracked economy and at the same time, get us halfway to U.S. climate goals by halving energy use and emissions.

22 April, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Global events, Pandemics and the Future of Oil & Gas” (by Energy Special Interest Group)

Global energy sector is facing unprecedented challenges and change. In 2020 alone – before Covid-19 was declared a pandemic – events such as the OPEC meeting, an already oversupplied market and the ongoing demands by global communities for decarbonisation were all pointing to a very different future and tough times ahead. With the declaration of Covid-19 as a global health pandemic and its impact being felt globally, the resulting demand shock has exacerbated the energy sector. How resilient is the energy sector? How prepared is it to deal with these challenges? How might things look in the future? What are the main players doing, or what should they be doing, during these times? Speakers will share their insights on the current and future prospects for global energy.

22 April, 6:00 – 7:00 PM (9:00 AM Pacific Time)
“Drawdown 101 — An Introduction to the Science of Climate Solutions” (by Project Drawdown)

Join Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of Project Drawdown, for a special LIVE Earth Day presentation of the new Drawdown climate solutions framework.

22 April, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST (12:00 PM EDT)
“State of the Industry: How Will Sustainable Investment Weather COVID-19?” (by the American Council on Renewable Energy)

The Webinar is a quarterly series produced in partnership between ACORE and BloombergNEF, offering the latest intelligence and analysis on the renewable energy sector. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds, while down this year, appear to be less vulnerable to the current economic crisis than traditional funds. Analysts predict that the pandemic could elevate ESG factors in investment decisions, as investors request more information about supply chains, workforce and environmental issues, ultimately moving toward a “new normal” of sustainability. How might these developments affect investment in the renewable energy sector?

22 April, 9:00 PM though midnight CEST (12:00 – 3:00 PM PDT)
“Coronavirus-free Climate Change Conference” (by Virtual World Arcade)

Join climate change experts on the Earth Day for panels, exhibition, networking, and art exhibit in 3D immersive virtual reality! Attendees may attend from anywhere in the world on computer or VR headset. This Coronavirus-free Climate Change Conference in VR is designed to connect experts from organizations around the world to share their projects and research and build partnerships to solve problems in climate change together. Participation fee $5 / $30.

23 April, 9:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“The Power of Energy Communities: Turning Rights into Reality Across Europe” (by INFORSE Europe)

The EU legislation on renewable energy gives communities and individuals the right to generate, store, consume and sell their own energy. These energy rights are transformational and absolutely essential for a decentralized and renewable energy supply. But the rights have to be implemented in national laws to make it happen. How can the power, expertise, motivation and will of energy communities across Europe be united to push for the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive? Different methodologies, experiences, success factors and barriers from Denmark, Poland, Germany and Turkey are presented and discussed.

23 April, 9:30 – 10:30 AM CEST
“Buildings & Recovery Measures: The role of the energy renovations in supporting European economic recovery” (by Renovate Europe)

Three emerging approaches to be deployed respectively in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, demonstrating the importance and potential behind deep energy renovation of buildings and the role it can play in European economic recovery in the period ahead. The goal of the discussion is to better understand good practices at national level thus helping to prepare, in advance, the actions that can be gradually put in place once the lock-downs measures will be lifted, and that will ultimately feed into a responsive Renovation Wave Initiative.
Registration via e-mail: eva.brardinelli@euroace.org.

23 April, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“State of renewable energies in Europe” (by EurObserv’ER)

In this webinar you will learn where the EU-28 is currently standing in terms 2020 target attainment, which countries and renewable energy sectors create most jobs and turnover, which RES sectors are most dynamic in terms of investment, RE price and cost developments in the European Union, how much fossil fuel use and import costs were avoided through the use of renewable sources of energy in the European Union. Beyond, information is provided on innovation and competitiveness and on indicators measuring the flexibility of the electricity system of EU member states.

23 April, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Future Scenarios for Sustainable Agriculture in the EU” (by SoilCare)

The aim of this webinar is to obtain feedback from the participants on a set of draft narrative scenarios. These scenarios have been developed based on input from the first SoilCare scenario workshop, held in June 2019.

23 April, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“How Renewable Energy Can Power Indonesia” (by Agora Energiewende)

Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country on a continuous growth trajectory. In order to meet the growing demand for electricity, the Indonesian government is focusing on fossil fuels and in particular on coal-fired power generation. The share of the latter is supposed to grow to 65 percent of total generation by 2030. At the same time, the government aims to increase the share of renewable energy from less than 10 percent today to 23 percent of generation by 2025. How can Indonesia fulfill the growing demand in an economic and sustainable way?

23 April, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Assessment of smart grid initiatives: the ISGAN smartgrideval toolkit” (by ISGAN: International Smart Grid Action Network)

Smart grid initiatives have grown the complexity of planning activities, the related wide-range impacts require broad approaches for being properly accounted. The webinar analyses current practices and use cases of the assessment approaches. The advantages of combining Cost-Benefit and Multi-Criteria analyses are presented. A tutorial on the smartgrideval software developed as a part of ISGAN activities is provided.

23 April, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency: REMIT in the Energy Community and implementation tools at hand” (by Energy Community Secretariat)

REMIT (Regulation on wholesale market integrity and transparency) in the so-called light version was adopted by the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community in November 2018 with a transposition deadline of May 2020. This webinar will focus on surveillance and market monitoring by the National Regulatory Authorities as well as other aspects of the Regulation.

23 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Hybrid Renewables: collaborating towards a greener future” (by Hybrid Renewables Conference)

Long has it been voiced by the energy industry that intermittency is the main drawback for the expansive deployment of renewables. And that could very well be true…in the past. Now, with the plummeting costs of renewables, paired with the current challenges of grid constraints and curtailment, co-locating different renewable technologies in a single site (Renewable Hybrid Power Plants) makes for an attractive business venture. In this webinar experts will discuss what are hybrid renewables, what are the benefits of co-locating different energy generating technologies and main challenges for hybrid renewables.

23 April, 3:00 – 6:30 PM CEST
“Earth Day Week 2020: Food and agriculture” (by We Don’t Have Time Climate Conference, Earth Day Network and Exponential Roadmap)

Agriculture is part of the problem – and part of the solution. The agricultural sector is a huge emitter of greenhouse gases but also has the potential to sequester billions of tonnes of carbon through reducing livestock emissions and increasing soil health. Our eating habits, and the way we produce food, holds the key to a carbon positive future…

23 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“NDC accounting tools: the example of Ghana” (by UNEP DTU Partnership, ICAT and CBIT)

As countries start to implement their Nationally-Determined Contributions, they need to establish a national accounting system for the greenhouse gas emissions and removals of their NDC mitigation objective. This NDC accounting system will generate the information necessary to report on progress made in implementing and achieving the NDC. The webinar will present different approaches for tracking the NDC and showcase the NDC accounting tool developed by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana.

23 April, 3:30 – 4:30 PM CEST (9:30 AM EST)
“Enhancing NDCs: Forest and Land-use Sector” (by World Resources Institute)

Forest and land-use sector solutions can help countries cost-effectively deliver up to one third of greenhouse gas emission mitigation needed by 2030 to keep temperature increases below 2°C. During this webinar, WRI and UNDP experts will give an overview of the new guidance, “NDC Enhancement: Opportunities in the Forest and Land-use Sector” and Ecuador’s Environment Ministry will share the country’s experience and perspective, having already submitted a revised NDC in 2018, with an enhanced role for the forest sector.

23 April, 4:00 – 5:00 CEST
“The importance of energy management: Acquisition, analysis and action” (by the Climate Group, Carbon Trust and EP100)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that improvements in energy efficiency can deliver over 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to meet global climate goals. In addition to enabling a faster shift to renewables, energy efficiency improvements add enormous value to global GDP and boost companies’ bottom lines. In this webinar we will explore the importance of data acquisition, analysis and action, using energy management systems and digital tools, for companies to improve their energy productivity.

23 April, 4:00 – 5:00 CEST
“Strengthening monitoring and evaluation for adaptation planning for the agriculture sectors” (by FAO and UNDP)

his webinar aims to provide an overview of key steps for the development of a national monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems for tracking adaptation in the agriculture sectors. During the webinar, the FAO and UNDP Guidance Note will be presented and partner countries will share their experiences in developing and operationalising M&E systems for adaptation. The webinar will also provide insights on tracking progress on adaptation under the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) and discuss the alignment of M&E systems with emerging global reporting requirements.

23 April, 4:00 – 5:00 CEST
“The Story of Microgrids: Past, Present, and Future” (by HOMER Energy)

Join to hear the story of microgrids. This free educational webinar will cover the humble beginnings of the microgrid and the bright energy future they are allowing us to create. From powering remote villages and islands to running critical infrastructure like military bases and medical and supply chain facilities during extended grid outages, microgrids have come a long way in the past few decades. By looking at how microgrids have developed over the years, we can see that a distributed energy future powered by microgrids is a lot closer than we think.

23 April, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Advanced Biofuels – Potential for Cost Reduction” (by IEA Bioenergy)

Decarbonising transport will require a range of bio-based fuels, especially fuels suitable for long-haul transport applications including aviation. The webinar will summarise a new IEA Bioenergy report – “Advanced Biofuels – Potential for Cost Reduction”. This report updates estimates of the current costs of producing a selection of relevant advanced biofuels, identifies the scope for cost reduction and compares these costs with likely trends in fossil fuel prices, and those of conventional biofuels. It also examines the potential impact of policy measures, including carbon pricing, on the economic competitiveness of advanced biofuels.

23 April, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST (12:00 PM EST)
“Spring into Urban Heat Islands with My NASA Data” (by NASA EPDC)

This webinar session aimed at educators and parents will explore the Earth System phenomenon, Urban Heat Islands, with My NASA Data. Dr. Brad Hegyi, an atmospheric scientist from NASA’s Langley Research Center, will explain the science behind Urban Heat Islands while My NASA Data Educator, Elizabeth Joyner, will present the variety of educational resources on this topic. Resources include mini lessons, story maps, lesson plans, GLOBE connections, and more.

23 April, 7:00 – 8:00 PM CEST (1:00 PM EST)
“The Future of Clean Energy Demands Critical Mineral Policy Solutions” (by Institute of the Americas and Payne Institute for Public Policy)

The world is accelerating decarbonization of the electric electricity and transport sectors. Most notable, perhaps, has been the growing use of batteries for storage and electrification of mobility, which in turn require an increasing supply of raw materials mined in a sustainable manner. This demands massive investment levels backed by policies that encourage public and private financing to attain a reliable supply chain…

23 April, 9:00 – 10:30 PM CEST (12:00 – 1:30 PM PST)
“Sustainable Financing of Protected Areas” (by World Bank and WWF)

Protected Area systems (PA) are globally considered as one of the most effective approaches for conservation and to tackle climate change, but they are facing ever increasing threats and chronic lack of critically needed financial resources. Current estimates suggest that expenditures for PA are less than one third of what is needed in developing and half of what is required in developed countries. This lack of funds jeopardizes the possibility of effective management and threatens the conservation of remaining biodiversity hotspots and the livelihoods of millions of people. The Working Group on Sustainable Finance is leading a three-part webinar series to showcase diverse and successful approaches to generate sustainable PA financing at scale.

24 April, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“The European Green Deal: what role for energy research?” (by the European Energy Research Alliance)

The webinar focuses on the European Green Deal and more specifically on the aspects directly related to research and innovation in the energy sector. Keynote speakers from the EU Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation and the Directorate General for Energy will set the scene and point at measures and procedures.

24 April, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Smart cities post-COVID” (by TechUK)

Pictures of deserted metropolitan areas have inundated news over the past few weeks. As people set up home offices, morning rush hours in busy vibrant cities have been replaced by empty pavements and light traffic. A return of the usual urban buzz is now likely to be gradual at best. This webinar will look into how technology has helped with city life management in times of crisis and what are the lessons we can take forward for the post-COVID world. In what ways will the cities of tomorrow be smarter and more efficient?

24 April, 2:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Participation & Information for A Sustainable Green Europe” (by SALTO Participation and Information Resource Centre)

During the webinar you will: 1) discover what we can learn from environmentalism for promoting youth participation by looking at the history of youth environmental activism and existing trends in young people’s journeys to becoming environmental activists; 2) talk about environmentalism as a one of the few truly inherently intergenerational topics; 3) take a deep dive into youth environmental activism in times of climate change by looking into the FfF movement and analyzing its success factors in terms of youth participation; 4) discuss how environmentalism can be transformed into real political change and whether civil disobedience is a key criteria for successful youth environmental activism; 5) discuss Do’s and Don’ts for the interaction with decision makers, media and the general public

24 April, 3:00 – 6:30 PM CEST
“Earth Day Week 2020: Local government, city development and transportation” (by We Don’t Have Time Climate Conference, Earth Day Network and Exponential Roadmap)

A global challenge…with local solutions. The fight against climate change is not only fought on the international stage. It is in equal measure fought through the choices we and our local leaders make every day. A sustainable society is not a pipe dream. It is constantly realized through local innovation and initiative. Join the conference for some of the best examples in construction, transportation, and city planning.

24 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Climate Bonds Green Bonds Treasurer Survey” (by Climate Bonds Initiative)

The Treasurer Survey is a first of its kind report, an exploration of the experience of 86 treasurers from organisations that have issued green bonds. Survey respondents from 34 countries, representing around 44% of the identified green bond universe provided their insights on coming to market with new green offerings. Join the discussion of in-depth findings with report authors.

24 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EST)
“Build Back Better: Public Transport and COVID-19 Recovery” (by World Resources Institute)

Public transport is experiencing enormous and immediate challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, as ridership plunges. But public transport is also serving a crucial role in connecting health care workers and other essential workers to their jobs. The crisis has revealed, whether you are a rider or not, just how much society relies on public transport. How do we ensure the long-term health of public transport? What’s the best way to address financial, operational and perception challenges?

24 April, 7:30 – 8:30 PM CEST (1:30 PM EST)
EnergySource Innovation Stream: Sustainable biofuels” (by Atlantic Council)

Biofuels have tremendous potential to lower carbon and other pollutants’ emissions in transportation and power generation. The environmental benefits depend on how sustainably the biofuel crops are grown. Join to discuss a sustainable model for growing biofuels on abandoned and degraded agricultural land.

25 April, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Hydrogen technologies and their potential for decarbonization” (by Emanate)

Brought to you by three experts having hands-on experience in the domain, the series of two webinars shall cover: the production cycle of Hydrogen, hybrid use of Hydrogen in combination with other renewable energy technologies and its applications in industries that are otherwise difficult to decarbonize. Watch the first episode live here:

25 April, 3:00 – 6:30 PM CEST
“Earth Day Week 2020: Climate Hackathon” (by Hack for Future)

Take part in a digital and interactive climate hackathon. Up to 300 people from all over the world are expected to join online and work in small groups to explore ways to raise awareness about the climate crisis.
If you’re interested in communication, design, technology and sustainability, this is an opportunity to get together with like minded people and discuss ideas and projects about how the climate crisis can be solved.
All creative people are welcome. You don’t have to be a computer programmer to contribute.