Week of 22 – 28th June 2020

Build back better with solar: accelerating PV development in the post-COVID economy. Control and dispatch of hybrid energy resources. Drought early warning systems. European sustainable energy week. Forest management and land cover change under changing climate. Marine protection around the world. Sustainable transport and COVID-19: response and recovery. Berlin climate and security conference. Promoting the role of gender in environmental justice. Find out about these and more online events of the week!

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22 – 26 June
“EU Sustainable Energy Week. Beyond the crisis: clean energy for green recovery and growth” (by European Commission)

The annual event includes the Policy Conference which is the biggest European conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use. For the first time ever, the Policy Conference will be organised in a digital format, featuring over 30 high-level sessions. Sessions are organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders with a focus on sustainable energy issues, debates around new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas.

22 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST and 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“We Value Nature interactive training” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

Understanding key steps to conducting a first natural capital assessment. All businesses depend and impact on nature. Through understanding and considering the risks and opportunities created by nature, businesses can make better decisions that benefit themselves, society and the planet as a whole. By guiding you through key elements of the Natural Capital Protocol, this interactive training will explore the relationships between business and nature and will provide practical and concrete guidance on how as a company, you can begin to approach a first natural capital assessment in order to integrate nature into decision-making processes.

22 June, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“COVID-19 and the energy transition in Brazil, South Africa, India and China” (by Institute for Advanced Sustainability StudiesIASS Potsdam)

What are the impacts of COVID-19 on the energy sector in emerging economies? How are governments responding to these impacts – and where does this leave the transition to renewable energy?

22 June, 2:00 – 5:15 PM CEST
“European Youth Energy Day: The young generation shaping the vision for a European green recovery” (by European Commission)

At the first ever European Youth Energy Day is taking place during the EU Sustainable Energy Week. The European Green Deal provides a great common intention, which now becomes even more important to ensure a greener recovery phase after the pandemic. The European Commission believes that young people are central to the clean energy transition. They are invited to join and contribute to this virtual discussion.

22 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Build back better with solar: accelerating PV development in the post-COVID economy – possible scenarios in the near and the long term” (by Global Solar Council)

Rebuilding a greener economy through investment in solar energy would bring social and economic benefits as well as accelerate the fight against the climate emergency. Putting a price on emissions through a “carbon tax” or similar mechanism may create an incentive to pursue climate-friendly investments internationally and across all sectors of activity. In this webinar, you’ll hear about the role that solar energy can play in the post-COVID economy, the kind of policy measures that would boost the sector in the short and medium term and the positive effects this solar-friendly scenario would have for our societies globally.

22 June, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Scaling up (deep) renovation: Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for existing buildings in the US and Flanders” (by Buildings Performance Institute Europe – BPIE)

This webinar will explore the extent to which Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) as a policy instrument could accelerate the buildings renovation rate in Europe, and under which conditions this could be possible. Two case studies, the US and Flanders (Belgium), will be presented by local experts, to show how MEPS are currently being implemented. The webinar will close with an interactive roundtable discussion, leaving maximum time for engagement with the audience. Register here.

22 June, 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST (10:00 AM EST)
“High-Level Dialogue: Realizing the full potential of carbon pricing in a sustainable recovery” (by World Bank)

This 90-minute virtual session will convene the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition partners and stakeholders around the question of how to realize the full potential of carbon pricing in greening the recovery process. Leaders panel and roundtable discussion.

22 June, 5:00 – 9:00 PM CEST
“Catalyzing 2030 Mitigation Ambition – Methane” (by Climate & Clean Air Coalition)

This virtual Science Policy Dialogue is hosted by Coalition’s Scientific Advisory Panel. Scientists, policymakers, regulators and members of the public are invited to attend. This event will give all concerned stakeholders the opportunity to discuss methane emissions reduction potentials and, within the context of the Coalition’s 2030 vision, how we can continue to be a powerful catalyst for action over the coming decade. Discussions will focus on the main sectors, opportunities, and barriers for mitigating global methane emissions.

22 June, 8:00 – 9:00 PM CEST (3:00 PM ADT)
“Energy Transition: What’s the role of innovation in the shift to a greener economy?” (by OERA)

Fostering innovation is expected to contribute to sustainable economic development with better environmental outcomes. But how will the economic fallout of the pandemic affect the speed of energy industry innovation? Should we use recovery funds to invest in innovation, given that it takes time and for every success there are several failures? Or should recovery funds instead to go to sure bets and immediate needs? Who should take the innovation risk?

23 – 24 June
“Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2020” (by German Federal Foreign Office, Adelphi and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)

This is the first part of the 2020 Berlin Climate and Security Conference (second part is planned for autumn), bringing together leading figures from governments, international organisations, the scientific community, the private sector and civil society through two scientific online workshops and a digital high-level political segment to be held on the afternoon of June 24. Participation is by invitation only.

23 June, 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM CEST
“5th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency” (by International Energy Agency)

This virtual Conference will be an opportunity to engage in a comprehensive discussion of key issues for energy efficiency with a high-level audience from around the world. This year’s Conference is structured as a set of thematic webinars across the course of the day, allowing people in different parts of the world to participate. A central element of this year’s virtual Conference will be the launch of a set of recommendations from the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency. These recommendations will show all governments how to stimulate more energy efficiency action, more investment, and more jobs in the context of the Covid-19 economic recovery and beyond.

23 June, 8:00 AM CEST / 24 June, 8:00 AM CEST / 25 June, 8:00 AM CEST
“Open Digital Workshop on Natural Rubber Systems and Climate Change” (by International Rubber Study Group, International Rubber Research and development Board, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development)

Join the 3-day workshop to review recent research results on impacts of climate on rubber production, potential means of adaptation and contribution to mitigation of climate change, to identify knowledge and research gaps as well as recommendations for action.

23 June, 9:00 – 10:00 AM CEST
“Drought early warning systems” (by UNEP-DHI Centre on Water and Environment)

Drought is a complex phenomenon affecting more lives than ever with serious impact on health, agriculture, economies, energy and the environment. Droughts cannot be avoided, but their impact can be mitigated by adopting a pro-active approach to drought management. The UNCCD has recently launched an interactive Drought Toolbox that serves as a platform for developing national drought plans and taking a proactive approach to drought management. In this free webinar you will gain insight into the UNCCD Drought toolbox with special focus on UNEP-DHI’s drought early warning system.

23 June, 10:00 – 10:30 AM CEST
“Advanced biofuels: What holds them back?” (by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA)

Whilst representing a third of global energy demand, the transport sector has the lowest level of renewable energy use today. Biofuels can offer readily available solutions for decarbonizing transport as an alternative to fossil fuels and as a complement to the enhanced role of electric mobility. IRENA’s climate-friendly scenario indicates that a five-fold increase of biofuels would be needed by 2050, however, many barriers are holding back their scale-up of biofuels deployment. This webinar will share practical insights into the complex business environment and discuss ways forward.

23 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST and 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“How Covid-19 will change the way we use space” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

The current COVID-19 pandemic will force governments and business leaders to rethink their strategic planning for real estate assets. What kind of lasting impact will Covid-19 have on the built environment? How will we use space in the future? Will we need more space because of social distancing or less because of increased homeworking? What will this mean for sustainability?

23 June, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“Developing successful solar PV projects in Italy” (by ATA Insights)

The Italian PV market represents a huge opportunity to build many gigawatts in the next decades. In this online session you will delve deep into the challenges and opportunities in Italy and how to develop, design, build and finance solar PV projects successfully there. You will also learn about renewable energy policy in Italy that will be part of the COVID recovery and economic growth in the next decade.

23 June, 10:30 – 11:30 AM CEST
“Forest Management and Land Cover Change under Changing Climate” (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.

23 June, 1:30 – 2:30 PM CEST
“Impacts and opportunities of COVID-19 on mining regions and cities” (MIREU and OECD)

Through this virtual discussion you will explore the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on mining regions and the responses and opportunities emerging from this crisis. Mining regions may be exposed to the global economic downturn and must be prepared to respond to the effects on the income and welfare of their populations if they occur. This virtual discussion will serve as a platform to share experiences on the various mining regions and cities’ responses to the COVID-19 crisis (in the short and medium-term) and discuss opportunities to increase the resilience of mining communities for future shocks.

23 June, 1:30 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Energy Transition 2020: The Game Changers in the Energy Transition” (by Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU)

This event is a part of webinar series replacing the Energy Transition Conference that was planned for March 2020. The webinars blend keynotes, panel and plenary discussions among international experts from academia, industry, government and NGOs. Speakers of this webinar: from Kings College London, University College London, NTNU and other.

23 June, 2:00 – 5:45 PM CEST
“EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference. Day 1” (by European Commission)

Energy Transition towards Climate Neutrality: the EU’s support for clean energy technologies and innovation. Boosting the European Green Deal renovation wave. An offshore renewable energy agenda for the European Union. Smart sector integration of gas and electricity infrastructure – opportunities and challenges in the context of the EU Green Deal. EU Green Deal & the ways out of the COVID-19 crisis: a high-level debate about the greening of the EU recovery. Climate Pact and Multilevel Climate and Energy Dialogues.

23 June, 2:30 – 4:00 PM CEST
Renewable Energy for Water Supply in Humanitarian Settings” (by Unitar, GPA and International Committee of the Red Cross – ICRC)

This webinar will address the need and relevance of reliable renewable energy for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in humanitarian settings. The event includes an overview on solar-powered water pumping and a case study exploring lessons learned and relevant business and implementation models for powering WASH with renewable energy. You will hear a presentation of a Rapid Feasibility Assessment Tool and discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on the provision and sustainability of WASH services.

23 June, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Water and Nutrition: From Research to Action” (by WASAG)

Water use in agriculture is fundamental for both food security and rural livelihoods, but also supports improved nutrition through many Water use in agriculture is fundamental for both food security and rural livelihoods, but also supports improved nutrition through many pathways; in tandem with water uses in other sectors, notably WASH. This webinar – drawing on the work of the WASAG Working Group on Water and Nutrition – describes the important linkages between water and nutrition, and the importance of synergistic water-nutrition strategies for improved well-being and planetary health. A distinguished panel will describe the key linkages between water use and nutrition as well as the impacts from unsustainable consumption for the world’s water resources, present examples of implementation of water-sensitive nutrition interventions and develops policy actions in the water-nutrition space that are even more urgently needed as a result of Covid-19. 

23 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Sustainability After COVID-19: Exploring the future of green buildings and construction” (by Green Growth Knowledge Partnership)

Why are COVID-19 stimulus packages important for a green transformation of the construction sector? How can COVID-19 stimulus packages balance between building new and improving the old? What role should material efficiency play in post-COVID construction projects? How can industry and government work together to improve sustainability along construction supply chains?

23 June, 3:30 – 5:00 PM CEST (9:30 AM EST)
“Keeping the Momentum for Ocean Action: Local and Regional Governments” (by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Cities and Local Governments, Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments and UN Non-Governmental Liason Serivce)

Engaging local and regional governments in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water, is essential in the transition towards a clean, blue and just ocean economy. Join the webinar to mobilize stakeholders from local and regional governments, share information and brainstorm ideas on how to strengthen the momentum for ocean action amongst local and regional governments during the preparatory process of the 2020 UN Ocean Conference. This session of the four-part series “Keeping the Momentum for Ocean Action” is a joint effort by organisers.

23 June, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Hybridization: How to accelerate the transition to renewables with Hybrid PV-CSP systems” (by ATA Insights)

Solar PV is now the cheapest way to electricity in sun-drenched areas. However, as a Variable Renewable (VRE), penetration is limited. Hybrid PV – CSP approaches, whether by project design or at the system level, are uniting two complementary technologies to deliver solar power when it is required (dispatchable) or around the clock (baseload). Find more about the latest innovations on hybrid PV-CSP systems and learn about the bankability of this technology and more.

23 June, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST (11:00 AM EST)
“Oil, Gas and Health” (by Global Gas & Oil Network and  Oil Change International)

Join the discussion on how COVID-19 is exacerbating the impacts of the oil and gas industry, and how health professionals around the world are standing up to the industry. Join the webinar here.

23 June, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST
“Sustainability & COVID – 3: The silent spring in inverse” (by EPLO Institute for Sustainable Development and diaNEOsis)

The silent spring in inverse: Can the imposed quiet over human activities and the comeback of nature teach us something for the future? What will this mean for the environment and specifically for climate change and emissions, for wildlife, for resource state and use, what are the positive and negative side effects? How should we document this unprecedented situation in modern history? What lessons can we draw for future action in terms of rewiring our economy, rethinking lifestyles, and ensuring that recovery takes place with sustainability values at the core?

23 June, 7:00 – 8:00 PM CEST (1:00 PM EST)
“State Leadership in Low-and-Moderate-Income Solar Energy, Featuring Massachusetts, Michigan and Oregon (US)” (by Clean Energy States Alliance)

CESA’s 2020 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards recognized three impressive programs that support low- and moderate-income communities:
– The Mass Solar Loan Program (Massachusetts) offers special incentives and fosters partnerships with local banks and credit unions to increase access to financing for solar PV ownership.
– Low- to Moderate-Income Access Program (Michigan) uses a community solar model to enable customers to access solar, obtain weatherization services, and save on their electric bills.
– Energy Trust of Oregon’s Inclusive Innovation Project makes solar affordable and accessible for customers with lower incomes, rural customers, and communities of color.
This webinar will feature presentations by guest speakers from these award-winning programs.

23 June, 8:00 – 9:00 PM CEST (2:00 PM EST)
“Control and Dispatch of Hybrid Energy Resources” (by Energy Systems Integration Group)

Aggregated DERs and hybrid resources. Challenges and opportunities for DER markets and dLMP. Market models and forecasting for hybrid power plants. This event is a part of the 2020 Meteorology & Market Design for Grid Services Workshop.

24 June, 5:30 – 6:30 AM CEST (3:30 PM NZST)
“Going Global: marine protection around the world” (by WWF)

In this webinar you will hear about the experiences of international leaders in marine protection. They will discuss leading some of the most significant conservation initiatives, including rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

24 June, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM CEST
“EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference. Day 2” (by European Commission)

The role of local authorities in a fair energy transition, through retrofitting buildings. Decisive action on energy poverty: solutions from across the EU. Unlocking private financing for energy efficiency investments: gearing up to support the European Green Deal. Clean-Competitive-Connected: how to successfully design smart sector integration in the twin climate and digital transition. Renovation wave: transformative actions towards carbon neutrality. Cities driving the green recovery: boosting investments for local actions. LIFE clean energy transition: boosting a new LIFE after the crisis. Energy System Integration: Powering a climate-neutral economy. Energy sufficiency, a game changer to achieve resilience and sustainability after the crisis. Empowering consumers through energy communities. Unlocking investment through climate advisory by the European Investment Advisory Hub. Sustainable Batteries: an ally for the green recovery.

24 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST and 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“Circular Transition Indicators training” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

This free introductory training will share insights into Circular Transition Indicators: Metrics for business, by business. You can benefit from this promotional opportunity providing participants with a taste of CTI Academy’s online trainings which give a more specific and targeted offering across the year.

24 June, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CEST
“Future energy systems: prosumer islands or a new IoT community?” (by PROSEU)

This is an international workshop on exploring future system configurations for new decentralised and digitalised energy systems. Will we move towards isolated prosumer systems (i.e. the energy island model), or instead towards fully interconnected digitalised energy systems, as prosumers (i.e. who produce and self-consume energy from local renewable sources) remain fully connected to the public grid? The aim of this workshop is to co-design a collective roadmap for the future of prosumer-based energy systems in 2030 and 2050. The workshop will bring together a selected and international group of practitioners and policymakers in a highly interactive online setting that is fuelled by short, inspiring inputs.

24 June, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM CEST
“Energy innovations for the city of tomorrow” (by International Energy Agency – IEA)

Buildings will take on a new role in future energy systems, both in connection with and through interaction with the infrastructures that provide energy. In addition to increased efficiency and a reduction of energy consumption in the building stock, new buildings must have increased flexibility, i.e. increased adaptability, to base energy consumption on the levels of energy currently available. Inthe future, buildings, communities and entire city districts will move from being energy consumers to decentralised power plants. As plus-energy districts, they can be integrated into the energy system across sectors to ensure that production and consumption are balanced on a local level. Register here.

24 June, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
“Energy Transformation and a Green Recovery” (by Financial Times and International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA)

What will the business environment look like after Covid-19 and what shifts can car manufacturers and their suppliers make to bounce forward, rather than back? The scale and speed of the response to the Covid-19 crisis has been astonishing. What strategies and thinking arising out of this crisis could be mobilised to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, climate-resilient automotive industry?

24 June, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CEST
“Negative Emissions Technologies in Practice” (by British Embassy Helsinki and NET-RAPIDO Project)

In this webinar, on-the-ground experiences on the development of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) will be shared, in an exchange on parallel national processes in the UK and Nordic countries, which have the potential to impact pathways for the European and Global contexts.

24 June, 12:00 – 2:00 PM CEST
“Online consultation on climate action and debt relief” (by Brot für die Welt)

Hear about debt situation of climate vulnerable states and how rating agencies are dealing with climate risks. Find out about the case of the Seychelles (debt for adaptation swap) and join group discussion. Register until 20th June by sending e-mail to lisa.binder@brot-fuer-die-welt.de.

24 June, 1:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“The economic impacts of air pollution and the implications for policy” (by OECD and EAERE)

The workshop will focus on a number of broad guiding questions: (1) What are the health impacts of air pollution? (2) What are the socio-economic impacts of air pollution? (3) What are the challenges in designing effective and publicly acceptable air quality policies and regulations? See the programme here.

24 June, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Engaging the Private Sector in National Adaptation Plans: A toolkit to guide effective strategies” (by NAP Global Network and UNFCCC Adaptation Committee)

The private sector plays an important role in the success of any National Adaptation Plan (NAP), so recognizing how to best engage local businesses and larger stakeholders in the NAP process should be prioritized. Ask yourself, which business should be engaged in your climate change adaptation planning processes: the smallholder farmer or the big banker? Or when should you engage them: in the formulation or implementation stage of the NAP process? In this interactive webinar, your decisions will guide the story.

24 June, 2:30 – 4:00 PM CEST (8:30 AM EST)
“Sustainable Transport and COVID-19: Response and Recovery” (by UN DESA)

The two-part webinar (second webinar on 1 July) aims to display current thinking on recent developments linked to COVID-19 and sustainable transport and outline options for the way forward. It will be initiated through brief presentations by invited experts from different fields, who will be responding to the pre-assigned guiding questions.

24 June, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CET (9:00 AM EST)
“Renewable energy Methodology” (by Initiative for Climate Action Transparency)

From the webinar series ICAT Assessment Guides. As a fundamental transformation of the energy system is required to achieve net zero global emissions by 2050, renewable energy policies will play a significant role in this transition. Governments around the world are implementing increasingly ambitious policies to accelerate the move away from fossil fuel sources of energy to renewable sources. This webinar will explain how policymakers and technical experts can assess the GHG impacts of their renewable energy policies and actions through the ICAT Assessment Guide for Renewable Energy. Featuring exclusive presentations from India and Ghana, the webinar will showcase how the Guides have been applied by governments and non-state actors to advance their national climate goals.

24 June, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“It’s the End of the COP as We Know It: Enhancing participation” (by Wuppertal Institute and German Development Institute)

This event is a part of Online Expert Workshop Series to discuss how the nature of the annual meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC may be shaped to make the best use of what has become a global focusing event for climate action.

24 June, 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“Solar heating and cooling market and industry trends” (by International Solar Energy Society and IEA SHC Solar Academy)

This webinar will highlight the key data and findings of the two most recent SHC market reports: Solar Heat Worldwide – Global Market Development and Trends in 2019 (SHC TCP) and Renewables 2020 – Global Status Report (REN21). In addition, the webinar will have a special focus on Greece, a country that has had continual market growth in the past 5 years and has also had great export successes.

24 June, 4:30 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Africa post-COVID-19: leapfrogging to sustainable, climate-compatible development” (by IDDRI)

Climate change and the green agenda are top priorities for both the African and the European continent. This has been clearly spelled out in the EU Comprehensive Strategy with Africa (March 2020) and in the African Union’s Climate Change Strategy (to be published soon). It can be assumed that these topics will be at the center of the upcoming 6th EU-AU Summit in October 2020. Meanwhile, as the COVID-19 crisis erupted and has had important health and socio-economic impacts, this may have important implications on climate change, green transition, sustainable energy and food security agendas…

24 June, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST (11:00 AM EST)
“Beyond lithium-ion: Charging into the future” (by Atlantic Council)

Next generation battery advancements are critical to all aspects of the clean energy transition, particularly electric mobility and grid-scale renewable energy distribution and integration. Join an engaging public panel discussion on the future of battery technology and energy storage in the contexts of the clean energy transition, geopolitics, and coronavirus.

24 June, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST (12:00 PM EST)
“The Link between Ocean Energy and Mineral Resources” (by High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy)

This webinar will feature the latest Blue Paper commissioned by the Ocean Panel: What Role for Ocean-Based Renewable Energy and Deep-Seabed Minerals in a Sustainable Future? This scientific paper suggests that rapid decarbonisation of the energy system will not necessarily require metals to be mined from the deep seabed in the near future. Cost-effective technologies that use less metal or alternative materials can be made available if investments are made in their development and if such investments are combined with a switch to a circular economy.

25 – 26 June
Gender and Environmental Law. Challenges and opportunities for promoting the role of gender in environmental justice” (by Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies and Tarragona Environmental Law Students Association)

The V Tarragona International Environmental Law Colloquium (TIEC) has gradually become a reference point for environmental law in Spain and Europe. Its objectives are to generate and socialize knowledge in the field of environmental law. The V TIEC aims to provide a forum for junior and early-career researchers with different backgrounds in which to present and discuss their research and works-in-progress. In addition, this event seeks to create a friendly environment for meeting fellow students and colleagues that share a common interest for environmental law.

25 June, 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM CEST
“A New Era for Food and Climate: Driving Transformative Actions” (by CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security)

This is a full-day, around-the-world virtual relay event that starts in Australia and concludes in Colombia. The event aims to inspire collective action on the 11 priorities laid out in the flagship report of the Transforming Food Systems Under a Changing Climate initiative, catalyzing efforts to address the current food crisis prompted by COVID-19 and averting future food insecurity from our changing climate.

25 June, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM CEST
“EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference. Day 3” (by European Commission)

New instruments to support a green recovery in Europe: the modernisation and innovation funds. Spurring Europe’s renovation wave – how #BetterBuildingsEU can contribute to #EUGreenRecovery. Women in the energy transition. Smart grids and flexibility markets: status of demonstrators and effect of COVID-19 on the demo operation and results. A robust solar and wind industrial base, underpinning the European Green Deal. Effective home renovation programs to stimulate the post COVID-19 recovery. European Green Deal – NECPs at your service! Flexibility: the invisible infrastructure for a sustainable society? Future market designs and regulatory hurdles. Hydrogen: fuelling Europe’s energy revolution. How can Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans transition to a zero-carbon economy after the COVID-19 crisis? Towards carbon neutrality in a thriving EU industrial sector – markets, investment and financing. Boosting the hydrogen economy through international cooperation.

25 June, 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM CEST
“Energy Community 4th Sustainability Forum” (by Energy Community Secretariat)

The event aims to gather all Energy Community stakeholders, with a specific emphasis on giving the floor to civil society organizations. Panel discussions on European Green Deal, implementation of the Large Combustion Plants Directive, and bottom-up energy transition initiatives.

25 June, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“Understanding the cost of reducing water usage in coal and gas fired power plants with carbon capture and storage” (by IEAGHG)

In this webinar, you will hear discussion about the motivation and results of the IEAGHG technical study “Understanding the cost of reducing water usage in coal and gas fired power plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS)”. In particular, the speakers will explain the background of this study, the Water-Energy-CCS nexus, its implementation in several regions with different levels of water scarcity, and strategies to reduce the water consumption on power plants with CCS. This study presents hypothetical case studies based in the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, China and India.

25 June, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“Albedo, bifacial solar PV gains and project bankability” (by ATA Insights)

Bifacial PV can provide significant performance improvements over standard modules by harnessing both global and albedo radiation. The magnitude of this improvement, known as bifacial gain, depends largely not only on optimized design but also on albedo values. So, it is essential to measure albedo precisely to estimate your plant’s performance and financial returns. In this webinar, a developer, a lender and an albedo resource assessment expert will share their experiences with bifacial PV plants, on their optimization and on how to obtain reliable albedo numbers.

25 June, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CEST
“Between a rock and a hard place: Economic, social and environmental impact of Covid-19 on India” (by IDDRI)

Covid-19 has hit India hard, with the government instituting one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. In spite of this, the case count continues to rise, even as the economic situation forces a relaxation of the lockdown. The Covid-19 pandemic may also have an impact on the environmental agenda in India (e.g., reduction of investment funds to clean technology sectors), while the social impact may reduce politicians’ appetite to undertake disruptive policies. The links between disease, health, and biodiversity have been made more clear by the pandemic and may prompt further action on environmental protection. This webinar aims to shed light on the possible pathway forward for India.

25 June, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CEST
“Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage in Japan” (by Clean Energy Ministerial CCUS Initiative)

The Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project, a cornerstone of Japan’s efforts in CCS technology development, has reached an important milestone, achieving its target of 300 thousand tonnes of CO2 injection in November 2019. The Japanese Government has just released a Summary Report, outlining the project’s main results, lessons learned, and future issues. This webinar will provide an overview of the Summary Report and a preview of the outlook for CCUS in the context of Japan’s energy strategy.

25 June, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Energy efficiency trends in the EU: Have we got off track?” (by European Copper Institute, Leonardo Energy and Odyssee-Mure)

What has been the overall trend in final energy consumption and by sector in the EU since 2000? What are the main drivers of the energy consumption variation since 2000, and what has been the impact of energy savings? What are the trends in energy efficiency at the country level? These are the key questions that will guide you through this webinar analysing energy efficiency trends in the EU for the period 2000-2019.

25 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Aviation and shipping emissions” (by Climate Action Tracker)

International aviation and shipping are two major sources of global emissions, and we are now seeing the two international bodies governing them – the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – beginning to address the issue. But are they doing enough? And what impact has the COVID-19 pandemic on these sectors? Climate Action Tracker has undertaken a full analysis of these two sectors and developed a methodology that allows to rate their action against compatibility with the Paris Agreement’s long-temperature goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C, with emissions projections scenarios that include the impacts of COVID-19.

25 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EST)
“Voluntary Sustainability Standards and Resilient Supply Chains: Bananas, cotton, palm oil, and soybeans” (by International Institute for Sustainable Development – IISD)

Join the event to learn about and discuss the key findings from the recent reports in the Sustainable Commodities Marketplace Series, from the State of Sustainability Initiatives. The reports track consumption and production trends, with a focus on the performance of voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs), in the banana, cotton, palm oil, and soybean markets. The panelists will also investigate the potential for VSS-compliant production to promote resilience and traceability across agricultural value chains, which have gained renewed prominence with the COVID-19 pandemic.

25 June, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“It’s the End of the COP as We Know It: Facilitating action across levels” (by Wuppertal Institute and German Development Institute)

This event is a part of Online Expert Workshop Series to discuss how the nature of the annual meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC may be shaped to make the best use of what has become a global focusing event for climate action.

25 June, 5:00 – 5:45 PM CEST
“Review of EU Energy Policies 2020: Launch Press Conference” (by International Energy Agency)

26 June, 9:30 – 10:45 AM CEST
“Achieving a digital and sustainable recovery” (by Euractiv)

While we are still adapting to the effect of the COVID19 crisis, some lessons can already be drawn. On the positive side, many companies and people have displayed a high-level of creativity in seeking solutions to the crisis. On the negative side, the pandemic has laid bare vulnerabilities due to a clear lack of digital infrastructure and data pooling necessary to identify the threat and enact appropriate containment measures. More than ever, policymakers need to focus on long-term policies to make society more resilient to future shocks. This includes a strong focus on the transition to a low-carbon economy, more robust cybersecurity policies, and enhanced digital infrastructure. There is an opportunity to accelerate public policies supporting the transition to a Net-Zero economy by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement…

26 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“E-quality: shaping an inclusive energy transition” (by Euelectric)

A good policy measure for climate can badly impact low income households. How can this be circumvented when inequalities stagger up & the COVID-19 crisis hits our economies? Several examples of measures taken to reduce emissions have led to social movements. Citizens feared for their jobs and income – and eventually opposed the proposed measures. Euelectric embarked in thorough research with its knowledge partners to find solutions. The findings will identify the climate policies having the least impact on low income citizens and suggest concrete mitigation measures to minimise any regressive effects.

26 June, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM CEST
“25th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists” (by European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Technische Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

This year’s EAERE conference evolves around Friday, June 26, which incorporates all centrally organized sessions including opening and closing ceremonies, a plenary keynote on the European Green Deal and three invited sessions taking place in a semi-plenary format. In addition, almost 150 Policy, Thematic and Parallel Sessions are decentrally organized by volunteer presenters. The decentral sessions take place between June 23 and July 3.

26 June, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Ensuring strong community engagement in solid waste management: A case study from Bogor Regency, Indonesia” (by World Resources Institute – WRI, Global Environment Facility, C40 Cities, Local Governments for Sustainability – ICLEI and Global Platform for Sustainable Cities)

Waste generation is of central concern in urban areas, particularly because most waste ends up in landfills. Cities and regions, including regencies, also play an important role in mitigating climate change. Learn how the community of Bogor Regency, Indonesia is engaging the community in reducing the carbon footprint of cities/regencies, turning waste into opportunities and improving environmental conditions.

26 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Clear Skies to Clean Air” (by WWF, World Bank, EDF and OECD)

It’s been widely reported that air quality in cities around the world has suddenly improved due to quarantine measures, but it was only temporary. The reopening of economies means the return of air pollution from vehicle traffic and commercial and industrial activity. How can we ensure clean air with prosperity?

26 June, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST (10:00 AM EST)
“Youth4Climate Live Launch” (by World Bank)

This youth-led virtual roundtable will kick off the Youth4Climate Live series, organized by Connect4Climate in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land, and Sea and the office of the UN Youth Envoy. Young climate leaders will set the stage for what to expect from this exciting series of monthly discussions in the lead up to the 2021 Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition Pre-COP26 event in Milan.