Week of 29 June – 5 July 2020

Cooperatives for climate action. Towards 1.5°C compatible Nationally Determined Contributions. Heating and cooling planning for greener cities. London Climate Action Week. Role of National Energy and Climate Plans in the post-COVID recovery. Sustainable transport and COVID-19: response and recovery. Paris Agreement compatible scenario for energy infrastructure. Find out about these and more online events of the week!

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29 June, 8:00 – 9:00 AM CEST
“Towards 1.5°C compatible NDCs: South Korea and Australia” (by Climate Analytics)

Global to National Pathways : how a selection of 68 countries across all regions and development spectrum can update their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to be in line with the Paris Agreement climate goals, including country relevant boundary conditions.

29 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST and 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“Going beyond individual company action for systems decarbonization” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

To decarbonize a whole system, companies need to look beyond their own direct and indirect impact and target setting and collaborate with their clients, suppliers and investors and leverage their influencing position to trigger systemic change and overcome external barriers to accelerating efforts towards net-zero emissions. As an illustration of the WBCSD SOS1.5 strategy, the session will take the example of the built environment where, to achieve the real systemic change, we need to go leverage the influence companies have over other parts of the system.

29 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“The role of National Energy and Climate Plans in the post-COVID recovery” (by Energy Cities through LIFE PlanUp project)

The National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) are a key pillar to deliver on the EU’s 2030 climate targets and drive forward the implementation of the EU Green Deal. Nearly all Member States have already submitted their final NECPs to the EU Commission, in which they have outlined their energy transition pathways and how they intend to achieve them. Gathering experts from the EU Commission, industry, civil society and local and regional authorities, this interactive webinar aims to provide a comprehensive outlook on the role of the NECPs in the post-COVID recovery.

29 June, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Report Launch: China Green Bond Market” (by Climate Bonds Initiative)

This webinar will provide insights on key trends and developments in the China green finance market focussing on green bond issuance, policy and the wider market growth. Outlook for 2020 including key policy recommendations for supporting the further as development of the China green bond market, will be discussed as well as increasing financing for the country’s momentous transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy.

29 June, 1:00 – 3:00 PM CEST (4:30 – 6:30 PM IST)
“Climate Change Adaptation: Pre-Conference Webinars” (by Adaptation Futures, The Energy and Resources Institute – TERI and World Adaptation Science Programme)

This webinar is a part of a 3-day series (29 June – 1 July) that was designed as a precursor to the 6th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference. The online event highlights the need to accelerate adaptation in today’s uncertain times an additional platform to feed into the global adaptation dialogue. Main focus is on the issues of youth and climate action, India-EU experiences on adaptation and moving towards a climate resilient pathway. The agenda and webinar access link can be found here.

29 June, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Towards 1.5°C compatible NDCs: EU and Nigeria” (by Climate Analytics)

Global to National Pathways : how a selection of 68 countries across all regions and development spectrum can update their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to be in line with the Paris Agreement climate goals, including country relevant boundary conditions.

29 June, 2:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (8:00 – 10:00 AM EST)
“A New Development Reality: NDCs at the Heart of COVID-19 Responses” (by NDC Partnership)

The NDC Partnership with its more than 175 members—countries, international organizations and non- governmental organizations—has supported over 70 countries to implement and enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement over more than three years. This online forum will showcase dynamic actions taken by the Partnership’s diverse institutional and country membership. In a show of solidarity, a collective statement will be unveiled in which members affirm climate action as a central plank of COVID-19 economic recovery efforts. The two-hour event will feature high-level speeches and a technical panel discussion. A compilation of high-level video statements will also be screened in which members affirm their climate commitment and highlight how they are aligning COVID-19 responses with the climate agenda. Register here.

29 June, 10:00 – 11:00 PM CEST (4:00 PM EST)
“Forecasting and Operation Challenges under Coronavirus Conditions” (by Energy Systems Integration Group and Electric Power Research Institute)

European, Australian and American experience. This event is a part of the 2020 Meteorology & Market Design for Grid Services Workshop.

30 June – 3 July
“Africa Energy Forum 2.0: Investment and Impact” (by Africa Energy Forum)

Join the free-to-attend series of daily digital broadcasts and networking with industry leaders from the aef community. The event is underpinned by the theme: ‘Investment & Impact – Out of Response and Into Recovery,’ giving a voice to policy makers and investors working to find the right path forward at this unprecedented time. Join for a packed schedule of digital broadcasts, networking and newsletters featuring all archive content from the Africa Energy Forum 2019.

30 June, 9:00 – 10:30 AM CEST
“Cooling down Europe’s heating system” (by INFORSE, Coolproducts, ECOS and EEB)

The webinar will address the challenge of decarbonising domestic heat production, still widely relying on fossil fuels, and discuss how ecodesign and energy labelling regulations can play an instrumental role in this transition. Experts will touch upon the very specific topic of heating appliances and technologies, as well the determinants and impact of purchasing decisions. Participants will also be linking to a broader perspective on the renovation wave, energy infrastructure, wide-scale electrification and the role of gas. Join speakers from the EU Parliament, DG ENER, EU Member State authorities, as well as industry and a climate change think tank who will share their views on the topic, and spark up a discussion with the audience.

30 June, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM CEST
“Heating and cooling planning for greener cities: local resources first!” (by Energy Cities)

During this online event, you will get the chance to discuss with the researchers, developers, energy planners and city representatives who developed the Hotmaps toolbox, but also with other peers who are working on energy planning in Europe. You will be able to learn more about Hotmaps while exchanging on the available technologies and possible visions and models to decarbonise heating and cooling.

30 June, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“Ready, Set, Market – How to Make Smart City Projects Bankable in Times of COVID-19” (by EIP-SCC)

The panel discussion is for stakeholders seeking investments and designing business models for smart city solutions. Private companies and public bodies stimulating investments are a primary target group, but all stakeholders interested in financing and business models are welcome.
The speaker’s panel will include, at least, three leading investors and financial advisors that are highly experienced in financing Smart City and infrastructure projects. The panelists will present the requirements for a bankable project and a set of flagship projects where those requirements were met. Given the actual context the discussion will also focus how investors are addressing COVID-19 challenges in order to support resilience and fast economy recovery. Using this strategy, the session will be able to help interested Smart City stakeholders to shape future projects across Europe and to mobilise private and public investment towards EU goals.

30 June, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Launch of the Paris Agreement Compatible Scenario for Energy Infrastructure” (by European Environmental Bureau, CAN Europe, REN21 and Renewables Grid Initiative)

For the first time, a broad community of European NGOs has agreed on a common energy scenario. Under the umbrella of the PAC project – “Paris Agreement Compatible Scenarios for Energy Infrastructure”– the Climate Action Network Europe and the European Environmental Bureau have developed an energy scenario for Europe which is guided by three goals: 100% renewables in Europe by 2040 in all sectors, 65% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. During the event, the scenario will be discussed regarding how its genesis makes it different from existing scenarios largely based on renewables and what its political implications are in a two-hour interactive virtual event.

30 June, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“The Renewable Wave of Projects” (by European Heat Pump Association – EHPA)

In this webinar you will hear presentations about four projects which are implementing innovative renewable energies applications: geothermal energy, solar coupled heat pumps, energy tunnels and the renewable heating and cooling platform. Register here.

30 June, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Espoo Clean Heat – Carbon Neutral District Heating in Espoo (Finland) in the 2020s” (by Celsius Initiative)

Steps to carbon-neutral district heating in the Espoo, Kauniainen and Kirkkonummi regions in Finland in the 2020s. The development work is now being accelerated with a new intermediate goal to discontinue the use of coal in 2025. The growing importance of demonstrating successful sector integration cases in practice. Expanding utilisation of waste heat sources, among other things. Webinar attendees will be able to explore new methods of decarbonising district heating and learn from the early movers how to achieve carbon neutral heat supplies in the cities.

30 June, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM CEST
“Sharing Cities’ Smart City Solutions: E-bikes” (by EUROCITIES)

Since 2016, the lighthouse cities of Lisbon, London and Milan have implemented several smart city measures in the framework of the project Sharing Cities. The webinar will present implementation of e-bikes as one of smart city solutions through two case studies from the lighthouse cities. With electric bikes, cities can reinvent their mobility model, tackling these problems and promoting healthy lifestyles. E-bikes provide clear social, environmental and economic benefits to communities. Join to find out more.

30 June, 1:00 – 3:00 PM CEST (4:30 – 6:30 PM IST)
“Climate Change Adaptation: Pre-Conference Webinars” (by Adaptation Futures, The Energy and Resources Institute – TERI and World Adaptation Science Programme)

This webinar is a part of a 3-day series (29 June – 1 July) that was designed as a precursor to the 6th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference. The online event highlights the need to accelerate adaptation in today’s uncertain times an additional platform to feed into the global adaptation dialogue. Main focus is on the issues of youth and climate action, India-EU experiences on adaptation and moving towards a climate resilient pathway. The agenda and webinar access link can be found here.

30 June, 1:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Ministerial Roundtable on the Impact of Covid-19 on Africa’s Energy Sector” (by International Energy Agency)

Key objectives of this online event are:
– To take stock of the effects of Covid-19 and its economic reverberations across the energy sector in Africa;
– To explore the vital role of energy investments to Africa’s economic recovery;
– To share views on what actions can be taken to ensure that energy investments in Africa remain a priority, and clarify the role that the IEA can take to support these efforts.

30 June, 1:30 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Catalysing the EU Renovation Wave in the transition to the next-generation Energy Performance Certificates” (by QualDeEPC, U-Cert, X-tendo and BuildUp EU)

To date, the implementation of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) varies significantly across European countries in terms of scope, available information and calculation methodologies, hampering their potential to increase trust in and trigger energy saving measures and thus not obvious to reap benefits for the renovation wave across Europe. Three Horizon 2020 projects will come together in this webinar to present the issues related to current EPC schemes in Europe and the potential solutions to shift from just an informative tool to a multifaceted tool supporting all stakeholders in the value chain e.g. call-to-action, quality assurance…

30 June, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Adaptation Finance: A core component of post-COVID-19 economic recovery” (by ICLEI Africa and Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan AfricaCoMSSA)

Join the webinar with city leaders and key experts to discuss what barriers African countries and cities face in accessing finance for climate change adaptation, and some of the innovative adaptation finance mechanisms that have been used to enhance the flow of adaptation finance to African cities.

30 June, 2:00 – 3:15 PM CEST
“Renewables working together: Building Back Better through a Green Recovery” (by Ren Alliance)

The webinar will focus on the trends and opportunities for how bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind technologies can work together to create a ‘green COVID-19 recovery’. Speakers representing each of these technologies will present how renewables working together can build on Covid-19 recovery strategies to scale up climate action and accelerate access to clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy for all.

30 June, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“Residential Test Methods for Air Conditioners” (by International Energy AgencyIEA)

Energy consumed by air conditioning systems has tripled since 1990: no other building end-use is growing as fast. Air conditioning not only makes up a significant and growing share of energy consumption, it is also the primary contributor to peak demand in many geographies. Across the globe there are numerous governing bodies that currently regulate and test air conditioners (ACs) and more than 60 countries have regulatory requirements on the energy performance of ACs. The test procedures and metrics established by these different governing bodies often vary, making it difficult to compare the energy performance of air conditioners, across jurisdictions… Register here.

30 June, 2:30 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Food security & Climate change post-COVID: Improving the sustainability of EU agriculture” (by Euractiv)

The Covid-19 pandemic has raised questions about the fragility of our food supply, putting food security back on the agenda. Coupled with the on-going threat of climate change, agriculture has a crucial role to play to ensure European food remains safe, nutritious, affordable and plentiful. To achieve this, farmers will need help to mitigate and adapt to current threats. Access to the best science and innovation will be key.

30 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“The impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown on air pollution in Lombardy, Italy” (by RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment)

The complete lockdown which followed the COVID-19 outburst in Italy – during which both people movements and the economy were almost frozen – provides a unique natural experiment to assess the relations existing between local air pollution and different emission sources. During the webinar, a study will be presented that used machine learning methods to estimate the change in concentrations for major pollutants induced by the lockdown in Lombardy. The study shows that the lockdown reduced concentrations of nitrogen oxides (NOx), but not fine particulate matter (PM 2.5). This is consistent with the reduction in road traffic, but small changes in emission from building heating. Authors also computed the estimated life-years saved due to the improved air quality. Register here.

30 June, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EST)
“Powering Healthcare to Support COVID-19 Response:
Best Practices and Lessons from Past and Current Interventions”
(by Sustainable Energy for All – SEforALL, IRENA and World Health Organization – WHO)

COVID-19 is bringing into focus the ingrained vulnerabilities of health systems across the world. Long before the pandemic made daily headlines around the world, a lack of reliable power in healthcare facilities has been undermining the quality of healthcare for millions of people, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. Heightened political commitment to strengthening health systems, coupled with recent advances in distributed renewable energy, present a timely opportunity to improve access to quality healthcare and make health facilities more resilient.

30 June, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“The role of local energy systems in unlocking flexibility” (by Carbon Trust)

This webinar is a part of Future Energy Systems webinar series discussing the role of flexibility in an energy system and its importance in achieving net zero targets in the United Kingdom. The delivery of future net zero energy systems will require radically different ways of doing things, including novel technologies, new habits for consumers, new business models, new collaborations and new regulatory and governance frameworks. This webinar will explore the role of flexibility in local energy systems and provide the opportunity to hear different perspectives from confirmed speakers from the Carbon Trust, Greater London Authority and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks. Register here.

30 June, 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“Climate Technologies and Technology Needs Assessments activities in Latin America & the Caribbean” (by TNA, UNEP DTU Partnership)

During this webinar, we will explore the sectors and technologies prioritised by LAC countries participating in the TNA project, in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation. You will hear discussion about financial and capacity-building needs, and highlight how the TNAs can contribute to implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions under Paris Agreement. Register here.

30 June, 5:30 – 6:30 PM CEST (11:30 AM EST)
“Multilateral Development Banks and the Green Economy Transition: An Address by EBRD President” (by World Resources Institute)

In two terms at the head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Sir Suma Chakrabarti oversaw operations at this leading development bank as climate change rose to the top of the international agenda. In his role, Sir Suma oversaw the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into bank activities, stressed the role of the green economy and, most recently, confronted the coronavirus pandemic. In a conversation with WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer, Sir Suma will reflect on his time at the helm of the EBRD, the unique role of the bank in sustainable development and its past, present and future role in confronting the climate challenge. Register here.

1 – 3 July
“London Climate Action Week” (by E3G and Greater London Authority)

This three-day online event brings together world-leading experts and policy makers to drive the national and international COVID-19 climate policy response, prioritising green recovery. The many webinars organised during these days will focus on green finance and investment, climate policy and collaboration, and resilience.

Watch Climate Innovation Virtual Forum on demand here.

1 – 3 July
“European Organic Congress 2020” (by IFOAM EU)

The European Organic Congress provides a platform where policy-makers and expert speakers will update you about the latest policy developments and discuss our vision for a post-pandemic Europe. The topics we will cover include the EU Organic Regulation, an Organic Action Plan, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the Farm to Fork Strategy as well as the possible impact of COVID-19 on our food and farming system. Register here.

1 July, 9:30 – 10:45 AM CEST
“Renovating Schools” (by EuroACE)

As we wait for the EU Renovation Wave Strategic Communication, this webinar aims at exploring the benefits of renovating schools, whilst outlining the barriers, and possible incentives and best practices that could unlock its full potential. Throughout the discussion, stakeholders and researchers with first-hand experience in this particular building segment, like CLIMACT, Banque des Territoires and BPIE, will have the opportunity to present their findings and exchange their views with a representative of the European Commission in view of the preparation of the Renovation Wave Initiative.

1 July, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“The geopolitics of climate change in the time of COVID-19” (by KPMG Global Sustainability Institute)

Join the discussion on how COVID-19 could affect climate action. The webinar will cover the following questions:
– the impact of changes in energy use, due to COVID-19, on GHG emissions in 2020 – and how this affects the carbon budget for 2030 and 2050 targets
– the impact of COVID-19 on the economics of new energy technologies
– the outlook for climate policy in 2020 and beyond: how will policies such as carbon pricing, or the Paris Agreement pledges be affected a result of COVID-19?
– the impact of COVID-19 on public opinion and support for climate action.

1 July, 10:00 – 11:00 PM CEST (4:00 PM EST)
“Municipal Waste Regulation in Europe: paving the road to address upcoming challenges” (by Florence School of Regulation)

With an annual turnover of €184 billion and close to 1 million employees in Europe, municipal waste is a fast growing and key sector for the transition towards a circular economy. Nevertheless, with more than €31 billion investments required over the next 15 years to reach full compliance with EU municipal waste targets, the sector is facing huge challenges exacerbated by long-lasting structural issues, such as a fragmented, small-sized and mostly local market, unlikely to sustainably generate enough financial resources to fund investment needs. In this context, economic regulation of municipal waste services will have a crucial role to play to oversee municipal waste tariffs and quality while strengthening the economic sustainability of waste services, promoting EU legislation compliance and protecting consumers’ rights…

1 July, 10:00 – 11:30 AM and 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST
“Transformative city-business partnerships” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

Cities is where the transition to a sustainable world will be lost or won, as they account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, with 80% of urban residents exposed to air pollution levels exceeding WHO limits, and more than 1 billion people living in slums. Cities are developing bold, long-term strategies to address climate change – yet they cannot act alone and will require considerable private sector support in order to achieve their climate goals, with some cities controlling as little as 4% of their own carbon emissions. City-business partnerships have great potential to reduce emissions on a larger scale than cities could manage alone, and to increase resilience through positive environmental impact as well as the creation of wider social and economic benefits…

1 July, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“The potential of Agri-PV in Africa” (by SolarPower Europe)

Agricultural photovoltaics, or Agri-PV, are technical solutions which combine agricultural infrastructure and solar PV. These hold a high potential to simultaneously enable the sustainable agriculture and clean energy transitions across Africa. Agri-PV can optimize agricultural land use, provide new revenue streams for rural communities, and enable the adaptation of agriculture to help combat climate change. In this webinar, SolarPower Europe in collaboration with GET.invest – a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria – will present the potential of Agri-PV for African markets and lessons learnt from other regions which have successfully implemented this innovative solution.

1 July, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CEST
“Hydrogen – Getting the Green Light, Driving Europe’s Green Recovery” (by Belfast Met – Centre for Economic Development and Social Inclusion)

Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the EU’s economy and society. For the EU and UK to reach their target of climate neutrality, economies must decarbonise their energy systems to achieve “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050”. Webinar’s speakers will consider hydrogen in this context, and as the catalyst for driving Europe’s green recovery. They will also consider the hurdles that must be overcome for hydrogen to become a viable and accessible energy source for all.

1 July, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CEST
“COVID-19 and fossil fuels in Africa” (by United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt global societies, we have seen a severe slump in demand for fossil fuels. What will this mean for hydrocarbon producing countries in Africa? Will the pandemic have a long-lasting impact on fossil-fuel dependent development trajectories in Africa? Or is this an opportunity for transitions towards greener economies? This workshop aims to explore the impact of stranded hydrocarbon assets on Africa’s development, in light of new risk factors as a result of COVID-19.

1 July, 1:00 – 3:00 PM CEST (4:30 – 6:30 PM IST)
“Climate Change Adaptation: Pre-Conference Webinars” (by Adaptation Futures, The Energy and Resources Institute – TERI and World Adaptation Science Programme)

This webinar is a part of a 3-day series (29 June – 1 July) that was designed as a precursor to the 6th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference. The online event highlights the need to accelerate adaptation in today’s uncertain times an additional platform to feed into the global adaptation dialogue. Main focus is on the issues of youth and climate action, India-EU experiences on adaptation and moving towards a climate resilient pathway. The agenda and webinar access link can be found here.

1 July, 1:00 – 7:00 PM CEST
“Planetary Emergency Partnership Anniversary Series” (by The Club of Rome, Potsdam Institute, World Wildlife FundWWF and Planetary Emergency Partners)

Join the event highlighting the multiple facets of planetary emergency (from health and nature-based solutions to sustainable finance) – a testament to the diverse nature of the Planetary Emergency Partnership and the need for immediate action to secure a healthy planet for healthy people.

1 July, 2:30 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Sustainable Transport and COVID-19: Response and Recovery” (by UN DESA)

This is a second webinar of the two-part event aiming 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.

1 July, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
Cyclone Amphan: Living through the Climate Crisis” (by TORCH – The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities)

In May 2020 a deadly tropical cyclone struck Eastern India and Bangladesh. Named ‘Amphan’ and classified as a ‘Super Cyclone’ this was almost certainly a climate change induced extreme event. The full scale of destruction caused by cyclone Amphan in India and Bangladesh remains to be yet fully understood and tabulated. Join a panel of historians, geographers, and anthropologists who have longstanding research in the effected region of South Asia on related topics of ecology, climate change, human-animal relations, conservation, and the Anthropocene…

1 July, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Cool Buildings: Greening Real-Estate Investments To Curb The Rise In Cooling Demand” (by Cool Coalition, Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings – PEEB, SEforALL and GlobalABC)

Energy demand for space cooling is predicted to triple by 2050. We need to rethink buildings if we want to limit the massive growth in energy for cooling, beyond the needed improvement in energy efficiency of air conditioners. According to the 2019 Global Status Report, only a fraction of the USD 4.5 billion annual global construction investments is made in energy efficiency. Better building designs for cool buildings include passive building design with natural ventilation, sustainable building materials, as well as nature-based solutions through landscape and vegetation. The webinar will discuss strategies and explore how policies and NDCs can accelerate the transition to green buildings.

1 July, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Launch of the State of the Global Mini-Grids Market Report” (by SEforALL)

The Mini-Grids Partnership — a consortium of over 300 mini-grid stakeholders from the public and private sector — identified a lack of unified and comprehensive data and sector knowledge as a critical gap for the development of the mini-grids sector, and agreed to produce an authoritative, insightful, and up-to-date market intelligence report. The State of the Global Mini-Grids Market Report 2020 highlights global mini-grid market trends, including business models, conducive regulations, financing, economics and sectoral impacts. The report aims to not only raise awareness about the mini-grids sector and the critical role they can play in achieving SDG7 but also provide a foundation for rich knowledge and data in a transparent manner to mobilize investments for the sector. Register here.

1 July, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“How could climate justice and equity be materialised in the UNFCCC to lay the foundation for a just post-COVID future?” (by Cross-Climate Constituencies)

This is a first day 3-day Town Hall series co-convened by allied constituency groups of the UNFCCC: Environmental NGOs (ENGOs), Climate Justice Network (CJN), Indigenous Peoples, Trade Union Organizations (TUNGOs), Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), Youth Organizations (YOUNGOs) – to build momentum for climate action and justice.

1 July, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Facilitating interoperability of energy services in Europe – (what) can we learn from existing experience?” (by Florence School of Regulation)

Reaching and maintaining the interoperability of energy services in Europe is a complex challenge. However, previous experiences with interoperability exist in the electricity and the healthcare sector that we could draw inspiration from. In this online debate, we focus on existing experiences with interoperability: namely, the North American Green Button initiative for utility customer data; the ENTSO-E approach to support data exchange requirements related to European electricity market and system operation; and the long-standing experience with interoperability in the healthcare and eHealth sector. You will hear about the views of European DSOs and discuss the steps they are taking to reach interoperability.

1 July, 4:30 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Build Back Better: How Climate Action Can Accelerate COVID-19 Recovery” (by World Resources Institute)

COVID-19 has put the United Kingdom’s COP26 climate summit on hold until 2021. But while governments focus their immediate response on responding to urgent health, economic and social crises, the climate emergency continues to progress. Countries must lay the groundwork for a brighter future by aligning recovery measures with ambitious national climate commitments, adaptation plans, and goals to reach net-zero emissions over the coming decades.
Webinar’s panelists will offer concrete examples of how countries can guide short-term stimulus spending with enhanced nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and long-term climate strategies. They will share the UK, EU and UN approaches to keeping the drumbeat of climate ambition alive during the global economic downturn and the long road to COP26.

1 July, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Climate Change Action Through Artificial Intelligence: Putting Knowledge Graphs to Work” (by Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, Stockholm Environment Institute – SEI and Semantic Web Company)

This webinar will show you how knowledge graphs, a type of artificial intelligence, can be an essential tool in the fight against climate change. Speakers will discuss the tangible benefits of the technology in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and in supporting climate change adaptation decision-making, policy and action.
Knowledge graphs – technological tools that allow for unprecedented levels of sophistication in connecting disparate facets of knowledge – are becoming state-of-the-art in data science. The technology is accelerating the use of data in the world’s knowledge-driven economies to create modern solutions for data and knowledge management systems…

1 July, 8:00 – 9:00 PM CEST (2:00 PM EST)
“End-Use Electrification as a Source of System Flexibility” (by Energy Systems Integration Group)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Electrification Futures Study (EFS) was designed to explore scenarios and impacts of widespread electrification in the United States. Previously published analyses under the EFS explored the potential transformation that could occur within the buildings, transportation, and industrial sectors if mass adoption of end-use electric technologies occurs for some of the highest energy-consuming services. The resulting projected changes in the magnitude, timing, and flexibility of electricity demand serves as the foundation for the analysis that will be presented in this seminar, which explores (a) how the U.S. electricity system might transform in response to changes in demand from an electrified economy, and (b) what role demand-side flexibility might play to support reliable grid operations under highly electrified scenarios…

1 July, 8:00 – 9:00 PM CEST (2:00 PM EST)
“Tour New Interactive Climate Maps & Tools” (by Climate Central and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

Join the webinar for a tour of some of new and improved interactive climate maps and tools of Climate Central, which help to communicate about the subjects of sea level rise, coastal flooding, climate pollution scenarios, and more. Learn about tools that can help you understand what land is at risk from sea level rise, tides, and storm surge; quantify coastal flood risk to portfolios of assets such as businesses or schools; see daily local wind and solar energy generation, based on actual local installed capacity and current weather; and get a sneak preview of Climate Central’s soon-to-launch system for providing highly localized information alerts to key stakeholders on a just-in-time basis on a variety of local climate events and impacts, including coastal flooding.

2 July, 9:00 – 10:20 AM CEST
“The Impact of COVID-19 on Climate Science” (by Geneva Environment Network, World Meteorological Organization – WMO, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC and Group on Earth Observations)

The pandemic has affected the activities of scientific institutions and government agencies worldwide, leading to a reduced productivity in some programs and gaps in long-term climate data. The World Meteorological Organization was among the first organization to express concerns about our planet’s observation system. Due to the disruption in scientific work and the cancellation of conferences caused by the pandemic, the extension to the literature cut-off date has been implemented and the Lead Author meetings of reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have been postponed. It is now essential to focus on leveraging scientific support and knowledge-sharing for a sustainable recovery. Register here or watch live on facebook.

2 July, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“Raising business ambition for 1.5°C: practical guidance for setting science-based targets for corporates and financial institutions in Southeast Asia” (by Carbon Trust, CDP, UN Global Compact Network Singapore and WWF Singapore)

The opportunity and the need for companies and investors to show leadership on climate change is more compelling than ever before. Over the past years, setting science-based targets (SBTs) has rapidly become the most effective way for companies to align their corporate goals with the Paris Agreement. This webinar will introduce the business case for setting science-based targets and introduce practical examples from case studies. The webinar will explore: the landscape for climate action in Southeast Asia, drivers behind science-based targets in Southeast Asia, opportunities and challenges of implementing a science-based target, best practice examples from leading case studies, next steps for companies to align to a net zero world. Register here.

2 July, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“Key results, lessons learnt and perspectives of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council in the light of the Corona crisis” (by GJETC)

How can a long-term and risk-minimizing energy strategy which protects the climate and natural resources and at the same time creates jobs and drives the economy be realized? Since its foundation in 2016, the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council has been working on strategic and systemic analysis to develop policy advice for new and long-term perspectives on the way to an ambitious energy transition. In its second phase (2018-2020), the GJETC has put a focus on the topics of a Hydrogen Society and Digitalization with regard to the energy transition. The studies, which will be presented during the webinar, analyzed the similarities and differences, opportunities and challenges for Japan and Germany and derived policy recommendations for both. Register here.

2 July, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM CEST
“Ex-ante impact assessment of the new EU Adaptation Strategy” (by Ricardo)

Despite measures to mitigate its effects, climate change is already having serious consequences in Europe and worldwide. Therefore, as part of the European Green Deal, the Commission will adopt a new strategy to help the EU adapt. The European Commission is therefore undertaking an impact assessment for the new EU Adaptation Strategy in line with the Better Regulation Guidelines. In this webinar, experts will give an overview of the impact assessment of the new EU Adaptation Strategy, present the interim results of the open public consultation and have a discussion with a panel of experts. Register here.

2 July, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Digital Climate Emergency Series: Beyond Energy Efficiency – Life Cycle Based Data Centre Sustainability” (by Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, DTU and Schneider Electric)

As the role of data centre keeps increasing, so will concerns over its huge energy use, increased energy cost, associated impacts on climate change and more corporate social responsibility pressures. In this webinar, you will hear discussion about a life cycle based approach to assess data centre sustainability and how that will benefit us to designing truly sustainably efficient data centres. Speakers will also compare how businesses understand life cycle approach in the development of efficient data centers and where are the rallying points for environment and business to come together for a sustainable future. Register here.

2 July, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Designing sustainable post-pandemic recovery programs in developing countries” (by SD Strategies)

This is the second session of the online capacity-building and discussion forum “Assisting post-pandemic transitions in developing countries: the SDGs as yardsticks for public investment in the energy & transport sectors”, co-hosted by the Asia LEDS Partnership and the LEDS Transport Working Group.

2 July, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Grid integration: System balancing, backup and storage, interconnections, demand and supply forecasting” (by World Wind Energy Association)

A key condition to reach a high wind power penetration and ultimately a 100% renewable energy power supply is the integration of wind power into the energy systems, in connection with other renewable energy sources. The webinar will discuss the main characteristics, challenges, solutions and concrete applications of successful wind power integration. Top experts from Australia, China, Denmark, Germany and India will present all aspects and approaches for wind power integration, the general conditions as well as the specific situation in their countries and long-term scenarios which reflect the need for deploying smart grid, storage and other solutions. Register here.

2 July, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CEST
“ENTSO-E Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap 2020-2030: TSO innovation for a climate-neutral European energy system” (by ENTSO-E)

The energy system is going through radical changes with global trends such as decarbonisation and digitalisation. The European Green Deal aims to catalyse this transformation to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Only electrification and sectoral integration of energy end uses can deliver on this ambitious goal placing the electricity system and the electricity grid at the core of the transition, away from fossil fuels. This calls for electricity TSOs to develop bold and agile strategies as integrators of technologies and solutions. With three main clusters and six flagships and clearly defined milestones, ENTSO-E’s Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap (RDI Roadmap) for the period 2020-2030 aims to be an ambitious innovation planning tool, pooling up the vision and needs of TSOs with the surrounding ecosystems, policy experts and other stakeholders.

2 July, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
“In the shoes of an electricity transmission system operator” (by Florence School of Regulation)

This online talk, dedicated mostly to a non-technical audience, will benefit from the Power Flow Simulator available on the ENTSO-E website and will devote particular attention to three topics: (1) Balancing electricity demand and supply and managing congestions, (2) Impact of renewables deployment and market integration on system operation, (3) Grid planning and expansion in a decarbonised and decentralised electricity system.

2 July, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Ports: Green Gateways to Europe” (by Euelectric)

Ports are a natural hotspot for sector coupling and energy system integration as they host many industry sectors, not just energy related (generation, grids, offshore wind) but also transport, tourism and manufacturing industries. A new report – Ports: Green Gateways to Europe – written by DNV GL with input from Eurelectric, will be launched during this webinar. It provides vital insights that can inspire the power sector and all stakeholders active in and around ports and will help them create strategies for business development and explore the decarbonisation potential at the gateway of all these sectors. Register here.

2 July, 3:00 – 3:45 PM CEST
“Refocusing the Green Deal: what policies do we need for a renewables-driven recovery?” (by WindEurope)

Six months ago the Green Deal was about Europe becoming climate-neutral in 2050. In the wake of COVID-19, that focus has slightly shifted: the Green Deal will be key to restart Europe’s economy with renewables as soon as possible. Wind energy projects are scalable and our industry is ready to generate economic activity, jobs and growth. But are the policies envisaged by the Green Deal fit for an accelerated renewables-driven recovery today? What does Europe need to prioritise and enact over the next 18 months to unlock wind energy investments? Ambitious targets? Permitting? Market structure?

2 July, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“The Case for the Ocean as a Dual Solution to Climate Change and COVID-19 Recovery” (by World Resources Institute)

As the impacts of the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic are universal in nature, our collective solutions must also be global. That means harnessing the potential of the 70 percent of the globe that is covered by ocean. To do so will build a more resilient and sustainable world, while addressing the enormous impact these crises have on so many lives. this event will look at role that ocean-based climate action can play in delivering the environmental, social, health and financial benefits we need to see as humanity emerges from the COVID crisis. Register here.

2 July, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EST)
“Nature-Based Solutions in the NDCs: From Planning to Implementation” (by NDC Partnership)

This webinar is designed to help practitioners harmonize the expansion of nature-based solutions (NBS) with national climate efforts. NBS offer a wide range of climate benefits, including capturing and storing CO2 emissions. NBS can account for more than 30% of the greenhouse gas reductions required by the Paris Agreement by 2030, and simultaneously secure food and water resources. The multiple benefits promised by NBS can foster resilience and help to protect biodiversity and ecosystems services. Register here.

2 July, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Momentum, Action & Justice” (by Cross-Climate Constituencies)

How do we develop an alternative vision for the UNFCCC that ensures inclusive and democratic processes which are fundamental preconditions for addressing global crises such as climate change and pandemics? This is a second day of 3-day Town Hall series co-convened by allied constituency groups of the UNFCCC: Environmental NGOs (ENGOs), Climate Justice Network (CJN), Indigenous Peoples, Trade Union Organizations (TUNGOs), Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), Youth Organizations (YOUNGOs) – to build momentum for climate action and justice. Register here.

2 July, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Bridging the fossil fuel production gap for a just, sustainable, and resilient recovery” (by Stockholm Environment InstituteSEI, International Institute for Sustainable Development – IISD, Overseas Development Institute, UN Environment Programme and Climate Home News)

This online London Climate Action Week Event convenes report authors and government and UN officials to preview emerging findings from the 2020 Production Gap Report, a special issue that will speak to major changes in energy markets and government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

3 July, 9:30 – 11:00 AM CEST
“Demonstrating e-mobility solutions in Hanoi, Kathmandu and Pasig” (by SOLUTIONSplus Project)

The project SOLUTIONSplus aims to set up a global platform for shared, public, and commercial e-mobility solutions, and to kick start the transition towards low-carbon urban mobility. The project work-plan encompasses city level demonstrations to test different types of innovative and integrated e-mobility solutions, complemented by a comprehensive toolbox, capacity development, and replication activities. This webinar will feature planned activities in Hanoi, Kathmandu, and Pasig, which include e-scooter-sharing for last-mile connectivity, conversion of diesel bus to e-bus, remodeling of e-3-wheelers, and e-quadricycle for mail/parcel delivery.

3 July, 12:00 – 1:30 PM CEST
“From recovery to COP26: the contribution of sustainable cooling” (by E3G)

Cooling plays an important role in supporting societies through the Covid-19 crisis; from protecting temperature-sensitive medical supplies to ensuring reliable food supplies. Support for sustainable cooling in stimulus and recovery packages could also help reduce energy costs for households and businesses. All of this, in turn, will help governments meet near-term stimulus objectives while also meeting commitments made as a part of the Paris Agreement, Kigali Amendment, and Sustainable Development Goals, which are all crucial for a better recovery. This event poses the question how can sustainable cooling support both a climate-friendly, resilient Covid-19 recovery and enhanced ambition at COP26?

3 July, 1:30 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Cooperatives for Climate Action” (by International Labour OrganisationILO)

The webinar aims to highlight climate change mitigation and adaptation actions being undertaken by cooperative enterprises and their relevance in promoting decent work. This event is a part of webinar series happening around the International Day of Cooperatives (IDC), as part of the Centenary of its Cooperatives Unit, focusing on this year’s theme of the IDC – Cooperatives for Climate Action.

3 July, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“The Geopolitics of Decarbonisation: Re-shaping European Foreign Relations” (by Institute for European Studies of Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Adelphi)

The European Green Deal aims to reach the objective of climate neutrality by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement objective of keeping global temperatures as close as possible to 1.5°C above the pre-industrial era. To what extent and how will the EU’s and global decarbonization patterns impact the EU’s external relations with suppliers of fossil fuels? How should the EU’s foreign relations be shaped to exploit the opportunities and address the vulnerabilities stemming from deep decarbonization? A new study from adelphi and the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel inquires the impact of decarbonization on six suppliers of fossil fuels, exploring the consequences for the EU’s foreign policy with a view to providing recommendations to the EU, including the incoming German Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Register here.

3 July, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Human Health and Resilient Food Systems” (by WWF, World Bank, EDF and OECD)

Since we can’t phase out of food like we plan to do with fossil fuels, we need to transform the food system so that it becomes the solution to help resolve many of the challenges facing both people and planet. How can we feed humanity healthy diets within planetary boundaries? Register here.

3 July, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Momentum, Action & Justice” (by Cross-Climate Constituencies)

How do we ensure that climate ambition and action is delivered, in the context of intersecting crises, and how can we ensure that climate ambition contributes to a just recovery? This roundtable will examine climate action across areas such as national climate plans, finance, and loss and damage. This is a second day of 3-day Town Hall series co-convened by allied constituency groups of the UNFCCC: Environmental NGOs (ENGOs), Climate Justice Network (CJN), Indigenous Peoples, Trade Union Organizations (TUNGOs), Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), Youth Organizations (YOUNGOs) – to build momentum for climate action and justice. Register here.