Week of 1st – 7th June 2020

Digital revolution of clean energy and grid flexibility. Heat early warning systems. Circular economy, reuse and construction. Teaching about climate change. Role of the natural environment in the infrastructure landscape. Environmental rehabilitation and repurposing of coal mining sites. Effects of irrigation on climate change. Threats and Opportunities for renewables in the face of Covid-19. How can cities achieve true climate impact? Find out about these and more online events of the week!

1 – 5 June
“Virtual Ocean Dialogues” (by World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action)

The ocean provides every second breath we take, bolsters food and job security, and is our greatest ally in tackling climate change. The World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action, a group of 58 global leaders fast-tracking scalable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the ocean, are curating the Virtual Ocean Dialogues to convene leaders and communities online from across the global ocean space. Designed in collaboration with a range of other partners, the Virtual Ocean Dialogues will maintain momentum in the face of COVID-19 to continue working for ambitious and urgent global action for a healthy ocean. Full programme is available here. You can follow the events live on WEF website.

1 June, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“How can aerial measurements aid methane emissions reduction?” *by Florence School of Regulation)

Can satellite and other aerial measurements make a difference in reducing methane emissions? This online event introduces the potential of satellites and other aerial measurement methods in detection, measurement, and abatement of methane emissions with a focus on technical potential, cost-effectiveness and the potential for widespread use. The event aims to achieve a wide representation of interested parties. The invited speakers and participants will include actors from regulatory bodies, industry, national and international organisations.

1 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Threats and Opportunities for Renewables in the Face of Covid-19” (by Green Power Global)

During times of great change, the impacts of the coronavirus on the clean energy transition will be profound. However, as one of the world’s least affected industries, it’s not all doom and gloom for the electricity sector, which is predicting increased investment, stronger climate policies facilitating renewables and further advances to its digital operations. So how will the pandemic reshape the energy transition? Join this webinar, organized by Green Power Global, to learn about the good, the bad and the ugly with respect to COVID-19’s impact on Europe’s renewables sector.

1 June, 9:00 – 10:00 PM CEST
“Passive House: What’s it worth?” (by Australian Passive House Association)

The benefits of Passive House are well-known but the costs remain a mystery to many. This presentation looks at the design changes required to achieve the Passive House standard and their cost implications; is it all about the windows? What is the premium for airtightness? How do builders price risk? Find out on this journey of a single-family home from traditional solar to certified Passive House. Join the webinar here.

1 June, 9:00 – 10:30 PM CEST (3:00 – 4:30 PM EST)
“SIDS High-Level Dialogue: Accelerating Energy Transition in Small Island Developing States to Stimulate Post-Pandemic Recovery” (by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA and AOSIS)

With a view to realising the ambitious renewable energy targets envisioned by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that will strengthen SIDS resilience, and stimulating economic recovery and sustainable development in the post pandemic period, the discussion will offer a platform for SIDS governments and development partners to reflect on effective means for reinforcing action towards accelerating energy transformation and ensuring energy security of SIDS, while aligning the response to COVID 19 with the sustainable development and climate objectives. Special emphasis shall be given to renewable energy solutions in the sectors that have been severely affected by the pandemic, such as, health, water, agrifood, tourism, fisheries, transport.

2 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
Smart and sustainable local energy planning” (by EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network)

One of the major challenges for the implementation of local energy and climate policy planning is the successful development of a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP), especially within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors’ initiative. The local and regional authorities have to identify the best fields of actions and opportunities for reaching their long-term CO2 reduction target, combined to the appropriate financing mechanisms. This training webinar aims to exchange experiences, knowledge and best practices on all aspects of smart energy cities and intelligent energy management, as well as smart and sustainable local energy planning.

2 June, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CEST
“Save energy today and tomorrow” (by BuildUp EU and CREATE Project)

The webinar session will provide an overview of the CREATE technology and the research results, the market potential and most importantly the deployment of the heat battery in real conditions – the demonstration site in Poland. Join to find out more about the heat battery and how it enables better use of available renewable energy sources.

2 June, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Building sustainable African cities during and after a pandemic: Lessons from past and present crises” (by ICLEI Africa and Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa)

This event is a part of webinar series ‘Building sustainable African cities during and after a pandemic’ aiming to enhance solidarity among African city leaders amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and bring to light innovative approaches from across the continent on increasing urban resilience. The webinars will focus on the critical need to build resilience in African cities and regions during this uncertain and challenging time.

2 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“The Digital Transformation of Corporate Clean Energy Procurement” (by Green Power Global)

The digitalisation of the energy sector has many benefits for the C&I market. From the tracking of renewable energy certificates to cutting edge data intelligence to online trading tools, digital innovations are authenticating and simplifying procurement for corporate energy buyers. How can corporates leverage the industry’s digital disruption and what are the latest breakthrough technologies to watch?

2 June, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Circular Economy, Reuse and Construction” (by Alliance for Sustainable Building Products)

– Circular economy and construction: Opportunities and challenges.
– Case study: Green Tiles. How does reuse impact upon the design process.
– Reuse of steel from the oil and gas industries and challenges of reusing steel from existing buildings.
– Embodied carbon for reuse – how does it work? Is it a useful metric?

2 June, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Sustainability after COVID-19: Valuing nature in the post-pandemic world” (by Green Growth Knowledge Partnership)

In this webinar, experts will discuss the link between nature and COVID-19, including: What does nature have to do with COVID-19? Lessons from the Dasgupta Review. How can governments and businesses better value natural and social capital for informed decision making? How can investment in biodiversity and natural capital support long-term economic recovery from the COVID-19 fallout?

2 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Water and Soil Management in Salt Affected Areas” (by Food and Agriculture Organization)

Aim of the Webinar is the understanding of major issues and the role that tailored soil management and irrigation techniques can play in ensuring food security in such areas. The webinar will bring together irrigation practitioners (researchers, Government officials, service providers) from around the world to showcase solutions and tools provided by their experience. Some of the key aspects of the dialogue will be focused on global projects related to the practice of irrigation with brackish or saline waters, as well as innovative approaches and solutions in managing saline soils. Under the COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented challenging conditions push the attention on how local food production can be enhanced by utilizing low-quality water and land resources, such as in salt-affected soils.

2 June, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Grid Flexibility: How can we make our grids more flexible to cope with the net-zero transition?” (by Climate Action)

The grid is the dynamic web of electricity production, transmission, storage, and consumption that 85 percent of the world relies on. But as we increase the supply of intermittent renewable energy from multiple new sources and as demands for electricity increase, the grid must become more flexible adaptable cope and avoid blackouts. And energy grids as we know them are changing. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and other emerging technologies are making our grids smarter, allowing grid operators to manage the flow of electricity more effectively in real-time. In this webinar, explore how emerging and disruptive technologies are already shaping the energy grids we all rely on.

2 June, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Climate finance in hydropower and learning from good practice” (by Future DAMS)

Hydropower dams play a key role in a transition to low-carbon climate-resilient future. They can provide a number of ancillary services and these hold large underutilised value for the transition, such as stability to grid systems and the ability to store energy. Climate finance is one important source of funding that can support a shift in dam design, operations, and broader socio-economies policies needed to highlight these hitherto undervalued services that can contribute to the needed transformation in energy and water systems. In this webinar, you will hear about the role of climate financiers in supporting hydropower, and look at why hydropower project developers should be interested in the benefits of accessing climate finance.

2 June, 4:15 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Circular Economy – The EU Green Deal” (by VedvarendeEnergi and INFORSE-Europe)

Take part in an online discussion about sustainable consumption and circular economy. The EU is negotiating about the new Green Deal, but how will that effect Denmark and how does circular economy look like in local production and consumption? On this webinar you’ll get an overall introduction to the Green Deal and meet a local example of how to incorporate circular thinking in your business.

2 June, 4:30 – 5:30 PM CEST (3:30 PM BST)
“Energy Procurement Strategies for Lockdown and Beyond” (by Future Net Zero)

In this webinar hear about the challenges facing energy users and suppliers as they attempt to navigate energy markets during the Covid-19 crisis – without losing focus on their long-term net-zero goals. While historically low energy pricing in forward markets provide an opportunity for business to lock-in attractive energy prices for future years, feedback from many of our customers reveals there is a raft of issues to consider before committing to new contracts. Speaker will outline the key options available to energy users as they seek to reduce risks and adapt their strategies to react to evolving business scenarios.

2 June, 4:30 – 7:00 PM CEST (10:30 AM EST)
“Mineral Criticality and the Energy Transition” (by IRENA and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources)

As we consider the future energy landscape, we must also consider the present situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated peoples’ lives and disrupted economies. While the first response must focus on saving lives and providing immediate support for livelihoods, there are important implications for long term economic stability and supply chain security. As we restart our economies, we must remain cognizant of the incredible raw material and supply chain demands of the energy transition and start thinking through how to ensure long term resilience. Join this two-and-a-half-hour workshop to discuss the increasing demand of energy minerals and metals.

2 June, 5:00 – 6:30 PM CEST
“Setting operational thresholds for Heat Early Warning Systems” (by Global Heat Health Information Network)

Defining heatwave events and optimal public health heat alerting systems remains complex and challenging. Should they be impact-based, and what information is needed to make them so? If this information is unavailable, are climatological approaches alone effective? This masterclass will address these questions and provide insight to some of the practical and operational considerations that both meteorological services and public health agencies may need to take when either developing or improving existing heat health thresholds for action.

2 June, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Teaching about climate change” (by Erasmus+)

Teachers can play a vital role in empowering young people to develop their understanding and attitudes when it comes to climate education. However, this can be a challenging topic for them to address in their classrooms due to many different factors. Join this webinar to hear from two experts (from Italy and UK) how schools and teachers can make their part to improve climate education.

2 June, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST
“Investors Partnering with Governments to Lead the Energy Transition” (by Ceres, Powering Past Coal Alliance and UN)

In this event, participants will:
– Hear from Canadian and United Kingdom Ministers on notable new financial institution PPCA signatories and initiatives, and the role for investors in the run up to COP26.
– Identify how market-leading financial officials and practitioners are taking concrete steps to align financial services and investments with the Paris Agreement.
– Listen to speakers discuss the compelling rationale for no longer investing in coal power and switching investments to clean energy – especially in the context of responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
– Explore the technical, institutional and collective challenges in implementing ‘coal-free’ policies and the opportunities for market participants to work together in solving them – including how to get involved with the PPCA and align with the Alliance’s Finance Principles.

2 June, 8:00 – 9:00 PM CEST (2:00 PM EST)
“The utility pathway to digitalization” (by ABB North America)

Grid modernization through the deployment of sensors, smart grid technology, and IoT has laid the foundation for a digital transformation of the power industry, but there is still a long way to go in order to achieve long-term financial success. Digital utilities need to address the challenges of ageing infrastructure, a regulatory system in flux, new utility-scaled and grid-edge energy resources, and the convergence of Information Technology and Operations Technology. Attend the webinar to learn how to achieve your digital business goals, what emerging technologies you’ll need to get there, and what challenges you may see along the way. After the webinar, you’ll have the roadmap you need to take your utility into the future.

2 June, 9:00 – 10:00 PM CEST (3:00 – 4:00 PM EST)
“Recovery & Resilience in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Federal Support and Local Action” (by Environmental and Energy Study Institute)

This panel will provide an overview of resilience initiatives in the U.S. Caribbean and discuss the status of federal support for disaster recovery and hazard mitigation. You will hear about science behind the extreme climate events Puerto Rico has faced in the last six years and get a policy update and vision for recovery. Another presentation will be about projects in U.S. Virgin Islands accelerating disaster recovery and implementing new hazard mitigation strategies, from coral reef restoration to renewable-energy microgrids. Watch the event live here.

3 – 5 June
“Global Landscapes Forum Bonn Digital Conference 2020: Food in the time of crises” (by Global Landscapes Forum)

With global health pandemics and climate change creating a world of unknowns, we still have the power to plan for the future of food and livelihoods –a future with long-term planetary health and human well-being at the fore. Get an inside look at the latest sustainable food innovations. See how the world’s leading organizations use landscapes to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Join discussions with farmers, chefs, policymakers, scientists and more and immerse yourself in a learning track designed to answer your specific questions and spark your imagination. Have your voice in the joint endeavor to ‘build back better’.
Participation fee (3-day ticket): USD 10.

3 June, 2:00 – 3:00 AM CEST (10:00 AM Sydney)
“The next clean energy jobs boom: Australia” (by Clean Energy Council)

In the last three years, renewable energy has created a massive jobs boom. The impacts of COVID-19 on employment across Australia, presents a huge opportunity for renewable energy to drive the next jobs boom, particularly across regional Australia. How to take advantage of this opportunity, and unlock the enormous potential for renewable energy jobs across Australia? Drawing on a comprehensive study and soon to be released Clean Energy At Work report, you are invited to join this public discussion on the enormous potential of renewable energy jobs to drive a clean recovery.

3 June, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“Building Integrated Photovoltaics: solar construction products for building renovations” (by SolarPower Europe)

The Renovation Wave initiative due to be presented in September will be a crucial element of the European Union’s path to recovery following the current health and economic crisis. With impressive cost-reductions and a steep technological learning curve, solar construction products, also known as Building Integrated Photovoltaics (“BIPV”), can bring this potential to the next level. Solar construction products, which include solar roof tiles, façade cladding or windows, can be installed throughout the building envelope and facilitate the seamless deployment of on-site renewables on heritage-listed buildings. This webinar will discuss the potential for solar construction products within Integrated Renovation Programs. The webinar will also explore how industrial policies can enable the scale-up of production of BIPV, with a focus on the “mass customisation” model of industrial production.

3 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“How can cities achieve true climate impact?” (by Covenant of Mayors and Energy Cities)

Today, most cities rely heavily on emissions data to answer such questions. But emissions data comes with several inherent flaws: it is difficult to collect, it comes with a significant time lag, and often lacks precision. Therefore, emissions data has a limited use if we want to know the impact of our policies, or the overall speed of our climate transition. This webinar will introduce you to a new approach on how to tackle the climate challenge – using transition targets.

3 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST and 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“Shaping the future of work by putting people first” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

This interactive session will explore how the COVID-19 crisis impacts and in some respects accelerates ongoing trends and developments related to the Future of Work. You will learn from WBCSD members’ experiences and solutions illustrating what it means to put people first and discuss how you can protect, empower and invest in your workforce – even under the most challenging circumstances. Finally, WBCSD will present Business principles for people-centered technology transformation and discuss how you can adopt them as part of your own Future of Work efforts.

3 June, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Thinking ahead in local policies for successful energy and mobility transitions” (by SMARTEES)

This webinar will cover key patterns among successful policies in energy and mobility transitions, illustrated by the example set by the City of Groningen (the Netherlands). This webinar is of interest to local authorities, researchers, entrepreneurs and all others interested in social innovation and energy/mobility transition.

3 June, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CEST (3:00 PM IST)
“How Robust are Urban India’s Clean Air Plans?” (by Council on Energy, Environment and Water and Urban Emissions)

While COVID-19 has impacted health and livelihoods in India, the visible reduction in air pollution levels has given citizens across the country a glimpse of a clean, sustainable future. As 102 non-attainment cities under the National Clean Air Programme have already drafted plans for tackling air pollution in the coming years, it is crucial to assess whether these plans are robust enough to have considerable impacts. It is also equally important to discuss the preparedness of all agencies and departments responsible for executing the plans. Citizens, as well, have a critical role to play in helping cities achieve clean air targets. This webinar will foster discussion on how different stakeholders – pollution control boards, municipal corporations, civil society representatives, citizens and the state and central governments can work together to ensure execution of the plans and make blue skies permanent.

3 June, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
“Environmental rehabilitation and repurposing – Platform for coal regions in transition” (by Platform for Coal Regions in Transition)

Mining regions have always undergone a cycle of prospection, operation and eventual closure, whether because resources are depleted, or because further mining becomes uneconomic. When mines close, they can leave behind a legacy of environmental degradation alongside many other challenges. Locations formerly used for mining and related industrial activities require environmental rehabilitation, and the repurposing of land and infrastructure may be necessary to make them available for future use. The aim of this webinar is to share knowledge and experiences that may be valuable to those regions that are now taking on transition; and to provide guidance on environmental rehabilitation and repurposing with an emphasis on governance processes.

3 June, 12:30 – 1:30 PM CEST
“Participatory policy development processes and environmental sustainability” (by CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change)

Policy decision taken at all levels (supra-national, national, regional and local) will shape the strength of economic renewal and social well-being in the EU in the coming years. Such issue is of particular relevance when speaking on sustainable development policies. Starting from an introduction to the policy development and the participatory process, the webinar will focus on the innovation and on the sustainable development policies developed at EU, National and Regional levels. More in details, the webinar will present the example of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy that set up and is exploiting the role and the know-how of its High Technology Network as intermediary of knowledge in the development process of its Regional Sustainable Development policies.

3 June, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Green Homes Solutions: Airtightness and Moisture management in buildings” (by Irish Green Building Council)

What is airtightness? Why does it matter? What are the causes and effects of poor moisture management? What are the current and future airtightness standards? Understand the need for a collaborative approach and for a change in attitude in order to design and construct buildings that are more durable, healthy and fit for the future. 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.

3 June, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“The 2030 Climate Target Plan – Public Consultation meeting” (by European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition – ERCST)

As part of the series of ongoing discussions on the EU Green Deal, the Climate Law and the 2030 targets, this online webinar will be an opportunity for participants to reflect on the process and implications of the review of the 2030 target, how it is articulated with the climate law discussion, and how the increase in ambition can be financed, taking into account the Recovery Package and the updated MFF proposal.

3 June, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Non-State and Subnational Climate Action Guide” (by Initiative for Climate Action Transparency)

Companies, cities, investors and others have committed to almost 26,000 climate actions in over 190 countries and such non-state and subnational actors are explicitly recognized in the Paris Agreement. Join the webinar to learn more about the ICAT methodology to determine emissions reduction impact of such actions in a country and their impact on national emissions trajectory. We will also discuss some examples of quantifying impacts of actions in Colombia, India and the US, and give participants a sneak peek into a user-friendly calculation tool to aggregate impacts of such actions.

3 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EST)
“Post-COVID-19: The Time to Fix the Global Food System is Now” (by Barilla Foundation)

While a call to change our food systems from farm to fork has been long discussed, the global pandemic has brought about more urgency and an opportunity to create change. In this event, you will be provided an overview of the current challenges and discuss an actionable 10-point plan to fix the food systems across the globe. Experts will discuss the unprecedented opportunities presented in the post-COVID-19 environment to create a resilient food system that can’t be broken, the link between food systems and natural resources and other questions.

3 June, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Acting fast – thinking long: Putting the Green Deal at the centre of the COVID-19 economic recovery” (by Stockholm Environment Institute)

In this webinar, members of European Parliament, experts of Stockholm Environment Institute, researchers, EU policy makers and other climate policy experts will explore how the COVID-19 economic recovery can help finance a sustainable, just and resilient transition towards climate neutrality. The webinar will also give panelists and the audience the opportunity to discuss the European Commission’s Recovery Strategy.

3 June, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST (12:00 PM EST)
“Enhanced Oil Recovery” (by Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy)

In this webinar representatives of Louisiana State University, Greenpeace and Clean Air Task Force will discuss the ins and outs of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). In particular, the speakers will touch on the costs of EOR and EOR with stacked storage from a project development perspective, the role for EOR relative to saline storage needed to scale up carbon capture projects, and the role for a combination of policies in helping build out a carbon storage system.

3 June, 7:00 – 8:15 PM CEST (10:00 AM Pacific Time)
“Recipe for Action: Building Food Security in Insecure Times” (by Post Carbon Institute)

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, our global food system was misguided and destined for failure. Now, as millions more families join the ranks of the food insecure, it’s clearer than ever that our food systems must be re-localized to ensure greater resilience in the face of future crises. In this webinar, speakers will provide a clear high-level picture of where we find ourselves and what we might expect to unfold in the coming months and years in the global food system.

3 June, 9:00 – 10:00 PM CEST (3:00 – 4:00 PM EST)
“Recovery & Resilience in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Resilient Housing and Communities” (by Environmental and Energy Study Institute)

After Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on Puerto Rico in 2017, many communities looked within to build their own power (literally and figuratively) and a more sustainable future. Hear discussion on how the community-based group of Casa Pueblo is becoming a model of self-sufficiency with residential solar energy. Also discover about how Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are designing housing and community centers that can face the social, economic, and environmental challenges of a changing climate. Watch the event live here.

3 June, 9:00 – 10:00 PM CEST (3:00 PM EST)
“Wood Utilization, Land Use and Global Outlook” (by Forest-Climate Working Group)

New wood products like mass timber offer the potential to dramatically reduce the emissions associated with core industrial activity while storing carbon in end-products. Under the right circumstances, forest products demand could incentivize conversion of marginal agricultural lands into tree farms. Focusing on mass timber as a case study, what is the current state of knowledge of forest products as a climate solution, what are the risks and opportunities of demand-led climate solutions, and what tools do decisionmakers need in order to maximize the potential contribution of forest products to climate mitigation?

4 June, 9:30 – 10:30 AM CEST
“How businesses get prepared for the Renovation Wave” (by EuroACE)

This online session will be looking at best practices enacted by industries in the field of energy renovation of buildings, which could help with the rollout and implementation of a Renovation Wave. The webinar is a part pf the online workshop series “Renovation Wave in Action – Sharing experiences”

4 June, 10:30 – 11:30 AM CEST
“Effects of Irrigation on Climate Change” (by Climate Analytics)

Featuring leading scientists and specialist practitioners, this event within Climate Analytics’ webinar series will explore how different Land Cover and Land Management options can help attain climate mitigation and adaptation objectives, and the trade-offs and synergies involved for other sustainability objectives. The webinars seeks to advance understanding and start a conversation about the general current and future issues regarding land use, as well as forest and agricultural management among the general public, students, researchers and practitioners working on the issue.

4 June, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Building with Nature: the role of the natural environment in our infrastructure landscape, webinar” (by Institution of Civil Engineers)

Developing the right infrastructure is not just about technical capability and projects economics. The right projects are those built in the right places, and in a way which supports positive outcomes for people, places and prosperity. In this Lunch and Learn, we will hear from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scotland’s nature agency. SNH works to improve our natural environment and inspire everyone to care more about it. Join for the live session to hear about how infrastructure development can support biodiversity, protect our environment and help tackle climate change.

4 June, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“United in decarbonization? – an Emissions Trading Scheme for the Energy Community” (by Energy Community Secretariat)

The implementation of the European Green Deal in the EU provides a unique impetus for the Energy Community Contracting Parties to accelerate their efforts towards decarbonization. One element of these efforts is about registering, monitoring and putting a price tag on carbon emissions. How such a system could be introduced in the Energy Community?

4 June, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“The Impact of COVID-19 on ESCO M&V Activities” (by Clean Energy Business Council)

In this webinar, experts will talk about:
· Presentation on M&V (Measurement & Verification of Energy Efficiency Projects) approach when a disrupting event such as COVID-19 takes place
· Identification of Static Factors affecting energy consumption and its importance in long-term contracts
· Baseline adjustments strategies for non-routine event (with reference to COVID-19)
· Presentation of two live Middle-East case studies of impact of occupancy on baseline adjustments, while guaranteeing reliability and continuity of the operations

4 June, 2:30 PM CEST (8:30 AM EST)
“Cities on the Frontlines: Waste Management in Crisis and Recovery” (by World Bank and Global Resilient Cities Network)

COVID-19 has exposed a multitude of vulnerabilities within existing municipal waste management systems. During this session, cities and partners will exchange lessons learned from the current crisis and their cities’ response efforts to transition to more sustainable and resilient waste management systems, building on local and scalable solutions that can increase economic opportunity and advance the circular economy, enable a more resilient recovery.

4 June, 3:00 – 3:45 PM CEST
“Bigger and heavier: how the offshore wind industry can respond” (by WindEurope)

Installation, O&M and decommissioning activities encompass a large part of the offshore supply chain. As turbines get larger and installations steadily increase, the supply chain needs to adapt their facilities and strategies to optimise their operations. Companies have to upgrade vessels, cranes and other equipment in order to handle bigger and heavier wind turbines. Installation and O&M operations could decrease the overall cost and time for offshore deployment. Can the current supply chain support this trend? What factors of the supply chain may limit the growth of the offshore industry? Space, weight, transport, vessels, cranes, skills? Join to discuss with industry experts how the offshore supply chain is preparing to handle larger volumes and bigger components, supporting the energy transition and the growth of the offshore industry.

4 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
CCS Talks: The Technology Cost Curve” (by Global CCS Institute)

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a set of technologies currently in operation at 19 large-scale facilities and many more smaller scale projects and installations. Some claim that the technologies’ cost has been one barrier to deployment. In this webinar you will hear discussion on a series of FEED studies which demonstrate lower costs for established technologies. You will also explore new technologies that are being tested in the US and Europe that could provide more diverse applications and, possibly, even lower costs. The event will be joined by several technology providers and also discuss the Global CCS Institute’s reviews of technology as highlighted in our recent The Global Status of CCS.

4 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“The Digital Revolution of Clean Energy O&M” (by Green Power Global)

The digitalisation of power plants promises to radically reduce operational costs and boost efficiency. Using data and technology, tasks can be automated, maintenance issues can be quickly detected and operations can even be managed whilst working remotely. Whilst the industry is on board in theory, in practice, this fast evolving landscape makes it hard for renewables experts to keep up with the latest innovations, potential cost savings and efficiency gains to capitalise on. What are the latest breakthrough technologies impacting renewable energy sources’ LCOE’s and how should the industry tackle digital transformation?

4 June, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“COVID-19 and renewables – impact on the energy system” (by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA and Council of European Energy Regulators)

COVID-19 has impacted the energy sector worldwide. Although the full impact on the energy sector is difficult to predict accurately, decreased energy demand, plummeted energy prices and a sharp decline in oil prices are already observed. The global energy transition may be also impacted. Join the webinar to hear about the implications of COVID-19 on the transition to a sustainable energy future. This webinar will also share insights on consequences faced by the renewable power sector and the possible reactions of regulators.

4 June, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST (11:00 AM EST)
“Climate Services in Support of the Energy Sector in a Changing Climate” (by Energy Systems Integration Group and World Energy & Meteorology Council)

This event is a part of the 2020 Meteorology & Market Design for Grid Services Workshop. The webinar includes presentations on the following topics:
– Climate science and its relevance to renewable energy
– Climate services: What they are and how to use them
– Climate services in support of TSO long-term studies

4 June, 7:15 – 8:45 PM CEST
“Using Design Thinking to Employ Smart Systems to Decarbonize Our Future” (by Security and Sustainability Forum and Arizona State University)

Design thinking can help customers build or customize smart system tools to decarbonize their operations and supply chains. Design thinking uses customer input and transdisciplinary collaboration to erase the boundaries of internal silos and step around archaic bureaucratic processes to reimagine solutions. How can design be used to transform the culture and operations of an organization to embrace AI, blockchain and other smart tools and thrive in the New Carbon Economy? Learn the principals of design thinking, its incredible power to free your creative thinking and hear how companies can use it to transform their carbon footprint and impact on the planet.

4 June, 9:00 – 10:00 PM CEST (3:00 – 4:00 PM EST)
“Recovery & Resilience in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Sustainable, Democratic Energy and Public Health” (by Environmental and Energy Study Institute)

Focus of this event is on local initiatives for energy democracy and public health, an ongoing effort. Hear discussion about remediation of coal-ash sites and other harmful legacies of the Puerto Rico’s fossil fuel-based energy system and current efforts to upgrade the outdated and storm-damaged energy infrastructure, moving toward a renewable energy economy. Another presentation will be about the U.S. Virgin Islands’ hazard mitigation plan, including strategies for resilient housing, infrastructure, natural systems for coastal protection, and a dedication to community involvement. Watch the event live here.

5 June, 🌎 World Environment Day

5 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“Battery Innovation Roadmap 2030” (by Association of European manufacturers of automotive and industrial batteries – EUROBAT)

Batteries are an essential component in a multitude of applications, from automotive and energy storage to telecoms and healthcare, and will play a crucial role in supporting progress towards a decarbonised society by 2050. In this context, all battery chemistries will be a critical element in our low carbon future as all battery technologies are key enablers with significant potential to improve in order to help meet the EU’s decarbonisation goals. The “Battery Innovation Roadmap 2030” White Paper will provide an overview of the potential for battery innovation across all technologies in the years ahead.

5 June, 10:30 – 11:00 AM CEST
“The Plan for Europe’s Recovery: opportunities for energy sector” (by Florence School of Regulation)

In conversation with Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director-General, Directorate-General for Energy.
EU needs a huge stimulus package to kick start its economy. It will be not the first package to help recovery, but by far the biggest and most ambitious. Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission compared it with the Marshall Plan. There are calls from the European Parliament and part of the Member States that the proposed recovery and the reconstruction package should support the European Green Deal strategy to embrace low carbon future. How to achieve this goal, what avenues to choose, what mechanisms to use is far from simple, but it also is a unique opportunity to accelerate energy transition.

5 June, 11:11 AM – 12:22 PM CEST
How to surf a social renovation wave for a social European green deal” (by European Heat Pump Association)

This event is a part of online series intending to look into the future by asking the following questions and providing solutions: How is climate action connected to health, economic, political, technology, social actions? What actions do we need to take to support large scale behavioural change? What solutions does the heat pump industry suggest to support the energy transition? What are the framework conditions needed? Where do we require innovation – social, technical, political, economic, legislative? Where do we need a new narrative?

5 June, 12:30 – 2:00 PM CEST
“Urban Lunch Talk: Taking action on the resilience-robustness dilemma” (by JPI Urban Europe)

Is it time to move “beyond the smart city”- and what does that mean in practice? Does the “smart and resilient city” stand tall in various types of societal crisis? Take part in this travel-free event and explore urban robustness together with guests from around Europe and across sectors.

5 June, 1:00 – 10:30 PM CEST (7:00 AM EST)
“World Environment Day” (by We Don’t Have Time)

World Environment Day offers a global platform for inspiring positive change. It recognizes that global change requires a global community. It pushes for individuals to think about the way they consume; for businesses to develop greener models; for farmers and manufacturers to produce more sustainably; for governments to safeguard wild spaces; for educators to inspire students to live in harmony with the Earth; and for youth to become fierce gatekeepers of a green future. It requires all of us. Every World Environment Day is hosted by a different country, in which official celebrations take place. This year’s host is Colombia in partnership with Germany. Tune in to hear discussions about conservation of the Amazon, Green Business and the COVID-19 Pandemic, air quality and health and much more!

5 June, 1:30 – 2:30 PM CEST
“World Energy Investment 2020” (by International Energy Agency – IEA)

The worldwide economic shock caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is having widespread and often dramatic effects on investments in the energy sector. Based on the latest available data, the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Investment 2020 provides a unique and comprehensive perspective on how energy capital flows are being reshaped by the crisis, including full-year estimates for global energy investment in 2020.

5 June, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Shaping a resilient post-COVID-19 urban era with nature and effective planning in Africa” (by ICLEI)

What have African cities done that supports long-term resilience building? Do these interventions help cities recover from the global COVID-19 pandemic? What can we learn? This webinar gathers African experts and Mayors from within the ICLEI network to showcase how nature-based solutions and effective planning techniques are key to designing future resilient solutions.

5 June, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Nature-Based Solutions as a Force for a Green and Resilient Recovery” (by WWF and OECD)

Join the high-level dialogue aimed at informing the development of better, greener and more resilient post-COVID-19 societies. This OECD-WWF webinar will seek to answer the question of what insights will inform short and mid-term decision-making by governments and key stakeholders.

5 June, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST (10:00 AM EST)
Climate Change in the Courts” (by IUCN and World Commission on Environmental Law)

Across the globe, climate change-related lawsuits are being filed against governments and corporate entities. A majority of these cases seek to hold governments accountable for failing to combat climate change. Increasingly, a new wave of cases against fossil fuel producers are claiming companies publicly denied climate science despite having known about the consequences of burning fossil fuels for decades. Panelists will provide an overview of current climate litigation, including recent successes and lessons learned. They will further explore how change litigation can serve as an effective tool to influence policy change and prevent future human rights violations.