Week of 25th – 31st May 2020

Transformative urban mobility and European urban resilience. Just transition strategies for coal regions. Green cities and energy systems integration. How cities can promote electrification and electric mobility. Guide to Paris Agreement. Exploring solutions and policy options to tackle the climate crisis. Floating solar photovoltaics and innovative strategies for low- to moderate-income solar. Expanding the global food system toward low impact food. Find out about these and more online events of the week!

25 May, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Impact of COVID 19 on the EU power sector and the energy transition: can the EU recovery plan deliver?” (by Eurelectric)

The Impact of COVID 19 on the EU power sector and energy transition – can the EU recovery plan deliver? Europe is living in unprecedented times, the COVID-19 Crisis is putting lives and businesses to the test. Electricity and digital solutions keep our modern world together, maintaining our medical care facilities, enabling people to work from home and ensuring that essential services can still operate. This event will bring together some of Europe’s leading Group CEO’s to discuss the immediate impact of COVID 19 on the power sector, how it will affect investment capabilities and whether the EU Recovery Plan can deliver both an economic and a green recovery.

25 May, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CEST
“A Renovation Wave Across Europe: The Green Recovery that Europe Needs” (by Eurima)

What will be the role of renovation in the EU’s Green Recovery and how should the Renovation Wave be designed? Join us for a discussion with representatives of the European Investment Bank, the European Commission, European Parliament and business.

25 May, 1:00 – 5:00 PM CEST and 26 May, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM CEST
“BATTERY 2030+ – European perspectives on batteries of the future” (by BATTERY 2030+)

This scientific web conference aims to discuss the latest research in Europe in relation to the newly launched BATTERY 2030+ roadmap. The roadmap suggests long-term research actions to radically transform the way we discover, develop, and design ultra-high-performance, durable, safe, sustainable, and affordable batteries for use in real applications. The purpose is to make a collective European research effort to support the urgent need to establish European battery cell manufacturing.

25 May, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST (10:00 AM Panama Time)
“Multiple-hazards and systemic risk. Addressing climate-related disasters in times of COVD-19” (by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)

This is the first webinar of the series “Climate Change and Resilience in times of COVID-19”. Spanish-English interpretation will be available.

26 May, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CEST
“Conference of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative” (by Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative)

Hardly any topic ever has been affected so many people as the COVID-19 outbreak. While staying home seems to be the best answer so far, the transport sector literally keeps the world going at this crucial moment– either by transporting medical supply and food or by shuttling doctors and nurses to the hospital. On the other hand side, transport collapses in many places, endangering food supply and global supply chains. Are the measures in the transport sector appropriate? What does it mean for the future of public transport? Will the economic stimulus packages strengthen climate-friendly mobility?

26 May, 9:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Financing Local Energy Transition – Virtual Conference” (by ALLIES Project)

The European Green Deal calls for new means to build energy efficient and low carbon economies. ALLIES project has been developing and implementing the concept of Locally-rooted Financing Entities for Energy Efficiency (LFEEE), i.e. cooperative institutions to foster and finance energy efficiency measures in companies, private premises and municipalities. At the end of the ALLIES project, partners from Hungary, Poland and Germany seek to talk about results and inspire followers in other countries to take on the concept of LFEEEs and adapt it to their needs. This interactive event will combine presentations with various thematic focuses, online panels with experts and parallel interactive capacity building workshops.

26 May, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Energy Solutions for Cities of the Future: Enabling the Integration of Low-Temperature Renewable Energy Sources into DHC Network” (by IRENA and Aalborg University)

The third and final webinar of the series will present the available options for overcoming the technical challenges associated with the integration of low-grade heat into district heating and cooling networks, both at the network level and the building level. It will also feature a case study presentation on district cooling.

26 May, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Virtual Office Hour: Aligning biodiversity goals with your company’s vision” (by We Value Nature)

This virtual office hour call will focus on how you can align your biodiversity goals with your company’s vision and objectives. You will have opportunity to hear from representatives of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) who will walk you through key elements from IUCN’s biodiversity guidelines for business, as well as share a practical example. The event is in interactive format and your questions and input will shape the discussion.

26 May, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CEST
“Energy Performance of Buildings standards: hourly vs monthly methods” (by EPB Center)

The EPB standards offer specific choices to tailor the methodology to the national or regional situation. One of the key decisions in this process is whether or not to implement a calculation method with hourly calculation intervals instead of monthly. The set of EPB standards facilitates both choices. The intention of this webinar is to show the main possibilities and limitations of both approaches, as described in the EPB standards.

26 May, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CEST
“Climate Change – A 2020 Perspective: Land Use Professionals and Net Zero” (by Society for the Environment)

This events is a part of webinar series where chartered Environmentalists from across sectors and disciplines provide their perspectives of climate change within their specialisms. Who do you work with? The importance of networking for the good husbandry of our countryside. Job opportunities arising from climate change.

26 May, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“Transition strategies and Governance of transitions – Platform for coal regions in transition” (by Platform for Coal Region in Transition)

Many stakeholders from coal regions in Europe have expressed the need for a robust regional strategy, which guides their choices and actions in the transition process they are facing. The various elements of a robust strategy should combine responses to short-term needs with long-term aspirations. They need to be coherent with respect to the targets and objectives of the transition, reflecting the needs of the different stakeholders in the region. Join the webinar to find out about key elements of strategy development and insights on key governance aspects in regions that are pursuing the decarbonisation and diversification of their economies.

26 May, 3:00 – 3:45 PM CEST
“Developing and managing wind assets in a market environment” (by WindEurope)

The transition from a Feed-in Tariffs-driven wind sector to a world where wind power generators respond to market signals has had a profound impact on the industry. This has been accelerated by EU State aid rules from 2014 with the generalization of renewable energy auctions and feed-in premiums. With the benefits of these years of experience, we will discuss how this market environment has impacted the development and management of wind assets: from technology choices, to financing, to decisions on lifetime extension and repowering.

26 May, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Saline Agriculture: Scaling up opportunities and challenges” (by FAO)

Under the COVID-19 pandemic with the imposed lockdowns, the food security of many communities is at stake, especially for regions lying in marginality context with some of them dependent on food imports. With these unprecedented and challenging conditions, it is imperative to focus on how local food production could be enhanced by utilizing even low-quality water and land resources such as brackish groundwater and salt-affected soils. With the COVID-19 pandemic, a rapid increase in the digital technologies has also been observed. Smart digital approaches will be showcased in the webinar linked with saline farming initiatives.

26 May, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Climate finance for tree plantations and bioenergy: why these false solutions must not be subsidize with public money” (by Global Forest Coalition, Heinrich Böll Foundation and Brot für die Welt)

Multilateral climate finance mechanisms are increasingly turning to private-sector led commercial tree plantation and bioenergy projects. The misconceptions that energy generated from burning wood is low carbon, and that tree plantations are an effective way to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, are allowing millions in public finance to be directed towards highly questionable projects. This webinar will look at three case studies involving projects funded through the Global Environment Facility and a number of recently-approved Green Climate Fund projects.

26 May, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds in the context of COVID-19
Challenges and Opportunities”
(by Luxembourg Green Exchange)

Join the first LGX Academy webinar to enhance your financial sustainability knowledge in these uncertain times. This webinar will cover the following topics: Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds – Definitions and market update; Social Bond Principles current status; Social Bonds in response to COVID-19.

26 May, 4:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Assessing power system flexibility to integrate a higher share of renewables” (by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA)

Flexibility has become a common by-word when transforming our energy systems towards the ones dominated by renewable energy. In 2018, IRENA published the report ‘Power system flexibility for the energy transition’ together with a publicly and freely available tool, the IRENA FlexTool, that was used to perform flexibility assessments for Colombia, Panama, Thailand, and Uruguay. This webinar will review the concept of flexibility proposed two years ago and will serve to present the latest version of the FlexTool that was launched 2 weeks ago and is accompanied by a set of comprehensive training materials.

26 May, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST (2:00 PM GMT)
“Guide to Paris Agreement – Web Launch and Quiz” (by European Capacity Building Initiative)

This online book launch is set to introduce the Guide to the Paris Agreement, an invaluable companion to all negotiators, policy analysts and advocates who are following the global climate talks. In 160 pages, the Guide describes the scope, structure and content of the Agreement in easily accessible language. It also contains an introduction to the UNFCCC process, the provisions of the Agreement, short summaries of potential implications for domestic law and policy in the developing countries, as well as a comprehensive index. You can join the event using the audience link here.

27 May, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CEST
“European Urban Resilience Forum” (by ICLEI, European Environment Agency and City of Malmö)

Exploring the interrelation between urban adaptation, resilience and public health, the Forum will address first-hand the impacts of COVID-19 in cities worldwide. Among other topics, the Forum will address how this crisis affects cities’ core services and activities, such as infrastructure and social interaction patterns. A psychological effect and a change in productivity are expected to happen. Forum will keep its informative, open and interactive format. Speakers and participants from European cities and regions, institutions and the private sector will engage in discussions on important on-going processes that will shape the future.

27 May, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets” (by Global Wind Energy Council)
This webcast will provide a global overview of corporate renewable energy procurement trends, models and opportunities. In the context of the global call for green economic recovery from COVID-19, scaling up deployment of renewable energy will be critical to safeguarding sustainable development around the world. Experts will discuss how the corporate market can drive the energy transitions of emerging wind/solar markets, focusing on: the forecast and trends for the global corporate PPA market; strategies for corporate sourcing of renewable energy in emerging markets for wind and solar energy, particularly in Asia; and successful examples of corporate sourcing models.

27 May, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST and 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“Creating value mitigating risk: food systems that nourish people, planet, profit” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

This session will dive into the Food & Nature and Redefining Value project on the True Value of Food, exploring how companies’ impacts and dependencies pose critical risks and opportunities to business models, the planet and society. Look at how companies can better measure and communicate their true value creation to investors, policy makers and other key stakeholders, driving systemic reform of the food system for healthy people and a healthy planet.

27 May, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
Key trends in bioenergy development in Sub-Saharan Africa” (by Bioenergy for Sustainable local energy services and Energy Access in Africa programme)

Programme team has undertaken a comprehensive mapping and top-down scoping of bioenergy projects across a long list of bioenergy value chains in the target countries with an aim to determine the most promising pathways and countries for further in-depth investigation. This webinar aims to share key findings and insights generated from this top-down scoping exercise to provide practitioners, investors, researchers and other interested stakeholder groups latest information on the key trends, insights and potential opportunities for bioenergy uptake and development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

27 May, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Green Homes Solutions: Ventilation solutions for new homes” (by Irish Green Building Council)

Designed ventilation systems are vital to energy efficient buildings. What range of ventilation options are available? Which different types of ventilation are suitable for different scenarios? Which options are better for renovation versus new build or systems that avoid ducting etc. This event is a part of Green Homes Solutions webinar series. The aim is to help you discover a range of services, technologies and materials that can assist in creating high quality, energy efficient, green homes.

27 May, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“How cities can promote electrification and electric mobility” (by CIVITAS Initiative)

Electrification of municipal and private fleets is a topic of key importance as cities across Europe are looking to reduce their carbon and pollutant emissions. Municipalities have a range of options to influence and impact this transition. During the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project, the cities of Madrid, Stockholm, Munich, and Turku worked on measures to promote electromobility among municipal employees, business and private users. With the project coming to an end, the cities have learned valuable lessons on how to best go about this. This webinar will look into the question of how cities can develop and implement a city wide public charging in collaboration with charging and utility providers, as well as how cities can promote electrification working with their own fleets.

27 May, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EST)
“Plastic as a Key to Addressing Ocean Pollution” (by High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and World Resources Institute)

Using key findings from the latest Blue Paper commissioned by the Ocean Panel: Leveraging Multi-Target Strategies to Address Plastic Pollution in the Context of an Already Stressed Ocean, the paper’s authors and other experts will discuss actions to enable governments, businesses, communities and NGOs to work together to create innovative policies; support research and innovation; invest in wastewater and solid waste infrastructure; and shift mindsets and behavioural practices.

27 May, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“End-of-Life Issues and Strategies” (by WindEurope)

Join the experts to discuss the latest developments on regulatory framework, repowering and life-time extension of wind energy equipment.

27 May, 3:30 – 5:00 OM CEST (7:00 PM IST)
“Photovoltaic Markets” (by International Solar Alliance)

Solar experts will give an overview of solar photovoltaic developments worldwide and in Africa. Taking into account the global energy context, discussion will include latest economic and technical data on installed solar power. The Alliance will also present their international market analysis and deep dive into the African market. Regional expert will show regional case studies to illustrate how East Africa is capitalising on its solar resources.

27 May, 4:00 – 7:15 PM CEST (10:00 AM EST)
“Cacao and Chocolate Summit: Elevating Quality and Sustainability” (by Conextion Chocolate and the Fine Chocolate Industry Association)

The Online Cacao and Chocolate Summit will be a digital discussion bringing together representatives from throughout the cacao and chocolate industry in Latin America and the US to share examples and best practices in the response to Covid-19. The event includes panel discussions for cacao producers, exporters, chocolate makers, NGOs, and government representatives to share their experiences and predictions for the future.

27 May, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST
“Curb Climate Change and Adapt to Its Impacts” (by Politecnico di Torino)

This event is a part of webinar series “Challenges for Engineers for a Greener Future”. The series include presentations and discussion on five challenges identified by the US National Academies in their publication ““Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century” (2019), plus two specific challenges related to energy transition and raw materials. During the webinar some of Politecnico di Torino faculty members will provide evidence of the contribution that engineering may give to a sustainable future.

27 May, 7:00 – 8:00 PM CEST (1:00 PM EST)
“Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds” (by Sustainability Ecosystem)

The transition to a sustainable and green economy requires financing of investments through projects that provide environmental and social benefits. As investors look beyond the traditional financial analysis, the bond market, through Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds, can play an essential role in attracting capital to finance these needs. In this workshop, you will look at the development of fast-growing markets of Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds and the forces underpinning them.

27 May, 8:00 – 9:00 PM CEST (2:00 PM EST)
“Solar for All: The US District of Columbia’s Innovative Strategy for Low-to Moderate-Income Solar” (by Clean Energy States Alliance)

The US District of Columbia’s “Solar for All” program is an initiative with a goal to provide 100,000 low-to-moderate income families, with the benefits of locally generated clean energy. In this webinar, guest speakers from the DC Department of Energy and Environment will present a documentary showcasing the successes and challenges of the program’s first two years. Following the documentary screening, panelists will answer questions from the audience.

28 May, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST and 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“Business and Nutrition – all sectors united on the achievement of SDG2” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

Amid the Nutrition Decade, workforce’s nutrition across all sectors is an optimal point of intervention to contribute to improved health and well-being of employees, employers and the society. Meanwhile, Food and Agriculture companies have been asked to sign up to a Responsible Business Pledge for Better Nutrition and to set SMART commitments. During the webinar, speakers will present the Workforce Nutrition Pledge and Responsible Business Pledge that have been designed in vision of the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit. Any company is highly invited to join, because workforce nutrition programs will have a benefit for the individual and for the society.

28 May, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“Putting energy Efficiency First – Learning from international experience” (by Buildings Performance Institute EU – BPIE)

Through the webinar you will gain insights into the application of the Efficiency First principle through practical examples, in particular: What does Efficiency First mean in practice? Why is Efficiency First key to meeting our climate objectives and implementing the EU Green Deal? How has Efficiency First been successfully implemented internationally? What are the key success factors to the implementation of Efficiency First? And what are the barriers? How can these examples be replicated?

28 May, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CEST
“Renovation wave in Europe: how to equip building professionals with future-proof skills?” (by BuildUp EU)

This webinar will discuss the importance of education and training to achieve high energy performing buildings, and in particular in the context of large-scale renovation interventions. How do we get more skilled workers involved in renovations? Are building professionals prepared for nearly zero-energy buildings and for the modernisation of the building stock in the light of technological developments and smart solutions? How to convince home and building owners to rely more on skilled professionals? How do these professionals get recognised by the market?

28 May, 12:30 – 1:30 PM CEST
“Planning a sustainable city: strategies and tools” (by CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change)

In this webinar, speakers will introduce the topic of sustainability in cities focusing on the possible strategies that can be adopted both in the public and private sector in order to reduce the impacts of climate change on the metropolitan areas. Speakers representing Municipality of Milan and Aarhus University.

28 May, 1:00 – 2:15 PM CEST
“How to talk about designing for the climate at work” (by Design and Climate)

Talking to our colleagues, clients and bosses about climate change is both important and hard. Conversations are important to get people thinking about the climate crisis, to make climate an organisational priority and unlock the potential of design. How can we communicate the sense of urgency without leaving people feeling overwhelmed? How might we speak to people in a way that excites them about the potential of design and shapes the way they value the environment?
Join the online discussion about what it means to design with the climate in mind. The event will bring two speakers to share their work and experience on a topic, then we open up a conversation in breakout groups about how to practically apply this in our day-to-day work.

28 May, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“A Global View on Dynamic Tariffs” (by Florence School of Regulation)

Over the years, dynamic retail electricity tariffs (also known as time-varying tariffs) have been applied in varying forms around the globe, mostly for commercial and industrial consumers but increasingly also for residential consumers. Designing dynamic tariffs at the residential level can be more complicated than for large consumers due not only to significant infrastructure requirements but also to political economy issues surrounding the supply of electricity to individual citizens and households. Nevertheless, they are becoming more prevalent in order to efficiently integrate more variable renewable energy sources and to manage increasing demand resulting from the electrification of the economy such as in the transport sector…

28 May, 2:30 – 3:30 PM CEST (8:30 AM EST)
“Multilateral Development Banks and a Paris-Aligned Just Recovery” (by The Big Shift Global)

To ensure a just recovery that is equitable and sustainable for all, public finance must include alignment to the Paris Agreement. Just like the COVID-19 crisis, the impacts of climate change will be felt more acutely by the poorest and most vulnerable people including women and marginalised groups. It is vital that recovery packages supported by Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) address this and respond to both crises. If you would like to hear more about how the vital role of public money in ensuring a just recovery from this crisis that also tackles the climate crisis, join the webinar with members of the Big Shift campaign and representatives of some of the main MDBs.

28 May, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Health & Wellbeing – Africa Green Building Webinar Series” (by World Green Building Council and Africa Regional Network)

This webinar will discuss one of the most common topics in the field of sustainability which is the health and wellbeing of building users with examples from Africa.

28 May, 3:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Futures For Food Virtual Symposium” (by University of Portsmouth)

Join the UK’s most unique food research team to explore, debate and answer some of the biggest questions facing society’s use of food. Delivered live and online this symposium will unite industry, campaigners, government and international academics on a quest to develop a sustainable future for our food system. The event will dissect the “every day” subject of food that impacts every aspect of private and professional lives including producing, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, cooking, disposal of food and consumer trends and behaviour.

28 May, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“IEA World Energy Investment 2020” (by Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA)

The worldwide economic shock caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is having widespread effects on investments in the energy sector. Based on the latest available data, the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Investment 2020 provides a comprehensive perspective on how energy capital flows are being reshaped by the crisis, including full-year estimates for global energy investment in 2020. Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA’s Executive Director, and Tim Gould, Head of IEA’s Division for Energy Supply and Investment Outlooks, will present key findings from the report.

28 May, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Trade and Climate in a Post-Pandemic World: Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Stimulus, and Energy Price” (by International Institute for Sustainable Development)

The COVID-19 pandemic poses threats and opportunities for international efforts on trade and climate change issues. The pandemic is forcing governments around the world to consider implementing wider circular economy policies, localizing larger parts of the supply chain as well as potentially applying more stringent protectionist agendas. The webinar intends to discuss global trade policy responses, as well as the broader climate and environment policy discussions. Webinar sessions will focus on the global perspective of current global events and specific government response measures, and the current situation from a Geneva perspective.

28 May, 4:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Floating Solar Photovoltaics” (by International Solar Energy Society and Global Solar Council)

Floating solar photovoltaics (FPV) are an emerging concept that make use of a portion of surface water bodies for siting grid-tied solar energy systems. As PV system prices fall and reliability improves, there is more and more pressure to find suitable sites for grid-tied centralized systems, especially in areas where land use is a critical restraint, and FPV offers an attractive alternative to land-based systems. This webinar will provide an overview by FPV experts of recent work that has been done to assess the global and regional FPV potentials, and testing of system concepts, and present examples of successful projects already in place.

28 May, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST (11:00 AM EST)
“Green Cities and Energy Systems Integration” (by Energy Systems Integration Group)

There is an increasing focus of public policy initiatives globally on decarbonization of the energy system, and the increased interest of cities and municipalities in supporting this initiative. Renewable energy will play a critical role in the decarbonization of cities, through energy efficiency, the direct use of renewable electricity, and the electrification of fuel and heat vectors. This will not only power the city, but allow for the decarbonization of transportation, buildings and industry as well. Join the webinar to find out more.

28 May, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST
“Sustainably Supply Food, Water and Energy” (by Politecnico di Torino)

This event is a part of webinar series “Challenges for Engineers for a Greener Future”. The series include presentations and discussion on five challenges identified by the US National Academies in their publication ““Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century” (2019), plus two specific challenges related to energy transition and raw materials. During the webinar some of Politecnico di Torino faculty members will provide evidence of the contribution that engineering may give to a sustainable future.

28 May, 7:00 – 8:30 PM CEST (1:00 PM EST)
“Replacing New York City’s Dirty Peaker Power Plants with Renewables and Battery Storage” (by Clean Energy States Alliance)

Every year, hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars flow to the owners of a fleet of New York City power plants, known as “peakers”, that fire up to meet periods of high energy demand on the grid. These inefficient peaker plants spew harmful emissions into neighborhoods already overburdened by pollution. The PEAK Coalition has come together to end this long-standing pollution burden on the city’s most climate vulnerable residents. In this webinar, members of the Coalition will detail the finding of their new report, “Dirty Energy, Big Money” which exposes the environmental and economic harms these power plants are inflicting on communities in New York City, and introduce measures the organizations are taking to replace peakers with renewables and battery storage.

28 May, 7:00 – 9:00 PM CEST (1:00 PM EST)
“Air Quality, Climate Variability, and COVID-19” (by Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, US)

As the global community has raced to understand the COVID-19 pandemic, questions have arisen about how the virus is carried in aerosols, exposure risk in indoor and outdoor environments, how the changes in seasons or climate conditions might affect transmission, and how exposure to air pollution might affect mortality from the virus. This webinar will feature recent atmospheric, climate, and epidemiological research that is contributing to our understanding of the virus transmission, as well as a discussion of how agencies across the federal government are building upon existing efforts to address linkages between environmental conditions and health to understand the pandemic. This webinar is an open session of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate spring 2020 meeting.

28 May, 7:15 – 8:15 PM CEST
“Expanding the global food system toward low impact food” (by Security and Sustainability Forum)

Join Futurist Hazel Henderson and SSF’s Ed Saltzberg in a conversation with Frances about world hunger, expanding the global food system toward low impact food and responsible government and food security lessons from the pandemic. Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 19 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment, beginning with the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet in 1971. In Fall 2017, she coauthored Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want with Adam Eichen.

29 May, 9:30 AM – 3:20 PM CEST
“The role of guarantees of origin in pursuing energy sector decarbonisation” (by Florence School of Regulation)

This online workshop will consider which role the Guarantees of Origin (GOs) might play in promoting the development of decarbonised/renewable gases and, more generally, decarbonised/renewable energy vectors within a framework aimed at achieving the renewable penetration policy goal at least costs. It will also consider the relationship between GOs, Green Certificates and other support schemes and whether the current governance of the GOs is fit for any new role that they might be called to play in the future.

29 May, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“The Smart City response to COVID-19” (by EU Smart Cities and Communities)

European Smart Cities are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic using solutions, tools and lessons from earlier efforts to become more resilient. If short term impacts are already visible, how can smart tech innovation help cities overcome new challenges and address the needs of their citizens over the long run? Join this webinar to hear from representatives of the 17 large European Smart City Lighthouse Projects, the European Commission and the Cities of Valencia, London and Florence on the present day consequences of COVID-19 in smart cities and future perspectives.

29 May, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“eHUBS: What are they and how do they connect different modes in a mobility-as-a-service landscape?” (by eHUBS)

Are you familiar with the concept of shared and electric mobility hubs? Would you like to know more about how cities in North-West Europe are preparing to deploy them on their streets? Are you interested in understanding how eHUBS connect different sustainable modes of transport in a MaaS (mobility as a service) environment? Representatives of local authorities, city planners, researchers, shared and electric mobility experts and providers are invited to join the webinar that will present how the project aims to contribute to CO2 emission reductions in 6 European cities through the deployment of more than 90 shared and electric mobility hubs.

29 May, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Aligning NDCs with a post-COVID world” (by WWF and OECD)

Join the high-level dialogue aimed at informing the development of better, greener and more resilient post-COVID-19 societies. What are the opportunities, as well as specific bottlenecks, mechanisms and institutional arrangements to guarantee that economic recovery packages and more ambitious nationally determined contributions (NDCs) can go hand in hand? This webinar will seek to answer that question, providing insights to inform short and mid-term decision-making by governments and key stakeholders.