Week of 13 – 19th July 2020

Urban climate and heat islands. Investing in nature to build climate-resilient communities. Sharing cities’ smart solutions on building retrofits. Rising to the net-zero challenge. Green economy & COVID-19 recovery: implications for the Decade of Action. Navigating business risks and opportunities in a post-COVID world. State of food security and nutrition in the world. Can healthy ecosystems prevent future pandemics? Find out about these and more online events of the week!

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13 July, 10:00 – 11:15 AM and 4:00 – 5:15 PM CEST
“Future proofing your energy strategy through value chain collaboration” (by World Business Council for Sustainable DevelopmentWBCSD)

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with a 1.5°C scenario of global warming, all businesses need to accelerate their journey to reduce and decarbonize their energy footprint and scale impact by collaborating with suppliers, customers and local stakeholders. Profiling case studies and best practices, this webinar will reveal how large energy users can deploy innovative energy solutions and derive opportunities from an increasingly green, distributed and connected energy environment; how they scale their impact by working with suppliers and customers; and how they make their businesses more resilient and more competitive. All speakers will focus on collaboration: how it grows their ability to unlock value in the market, and future proof their operations and those across their value chain.

13 July, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM CEST
“Resetting the Sustainable Development Goals in a post-COVID-19 world” (by Institute for Teaching & Learning Innovation, University of Queensland)

In an age of unprecedented concern for the state of our planet and humanity, what impact can a virus have on global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice? This is an opening event for a series of online co-creation workshops aimed to develop ideas and outline a course focused on the SDGs. Workshop participants will be part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of students, academics and industry partners working through a series of collaborative and practical exercises.

13 July, 12:30 – 2:00 PM CEST (4:00 PM IST)
“Accelerating clean energy innovation: global needs and opportunities for India” (by International Energy Agency – IEA)

Online public event featuring a high-level conversation between Indian experts and the International Energy Agency (IEA) on India’s clean energy technology strengths, opportunities, priorities and programmes. Co-hosted by the IEA and India’s Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC) in support of Mission Innovation. Featuring the India launch of the IEA’s latest report ‘Energy Technology Perspectives 2020: Special Report on Clean Energy Innovation’. Register here.

13 July, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST (8:00 AM EST)
“Green Economy & COVID-19 Recovery: Implications for the Decade of Action” (by UNEP)

Now more than ever, the world is in need of an economic transformation – one that promotes both the sustainable well-being of individuals and of the environment in tandem. The choices that policymakers, businesses, and individuals make now will determine if we prosper and accelerate a more sustainable world, or not. This event will feature high-level conversation on a renewed commitment towards the Sustainable Development Goals and climate and biodiversity targets, highlighting the ways in which an inclusive green economic recovery can support the Decade of Action. Register here.

13 July, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Legislators Dialogue – Renewables as an enabler of services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic” (by IRENA)

The dialogue will focus on the increase of communities’ access to basic energy services through the introduction of regional and national policies, and the adoption of a social inclusion approach to strengthen living standards within the next decade. The webinar will discuss the impact of COVID-19, with an aim to outline recovery options based on the scaling-up of energy transition technologies both in developing and industrialised countries. The webinar will also provide parliamentarians with an overview of the role of renewables in reducing the impacts and consequences of the current pandemic, including impacts beyond the health sector. Register here.

13 July, 3:30 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Defense: Experimental and Numerical Modeling” (by Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change Foundation – CMCC)

During the last decades, millions of dollars have been spent on reducing consequences of extreme events and, to a lesser extent, on climate change adaptation in coastal areas. Most of these funds have been devoted to the implementation of traditional engineering measures. However, in the last few years, coastal managers have become interested in low environmental impact alternatives, or nature-based solutions (NBS), to protect the coast. This webinar will present results of different experimental and numerical studies, including new formulations and tools to predict how coastal ecosystems damp flow energy and can be applied in coastal defense policies as NBS.

13 July, 4:00 – 7:00 PM CEST (10:00 AM EST)
“State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020” (by FAO, UNICEF, WHO, IFAD and World Food Programme)

The report on State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI 2020) presents the most recent and authoritative estimates of the extent of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition around the world. This year, the report includes a special focus on transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets. It analyses the cost and affordability of healthy diets around the world, by region and in different development contexts. New analysis is presented on the “hidden” health and climate-change costs associated with our current food consumption patterns, as well as the cost savings if we shift towards healthy diets that include sustainability considerations. Register here.

13 July, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST (12:00 PM EST)
“Climate Risk in the Italian Financial System: A Central Bank Perspective” (by E-Axes Forum on Climate Change, Macroeconomics and Finance)

Discussion with senior economist at the Bank of Italy, within the forum on Climate Change, Macroeconomics and Finance. It is an initiative that aspires to aggregate knowledge from around the globe and trigger the engagement of economists who are studying the environmental challenges ahead of us. Register here.

13 July, 8:30 – 9:30 PM CEST
“Patricia Espinosa UN Climate Change – Covid-19: Impact on Climate Policy” (by Oxford Climate Society)

Join the conversation with Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Covid-19 has sparked the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, and has dramatically altered our way of life for the foreseeable future. Given the pressure governments are under to keep people safe and recover the economy, what will be the implications of this crisis on climate policy going forward? How will future climate negotiations be impacted? And what are the most effective climate policies which are viable in this new political climate, and could any actually facilitate economic recovery?

14 July, 9:30 – 10:45 AM CEST
“Investing post-COVID: Is a green recovery assured?” (by Euractiv)

How can the financial sector ensure that sustainable investing is prioritised? Is there a contradiction between financing the recovery and the needs of the planet? What difference will the new taxonomy regulation make? Does the COVID crisis represent an opportunity to rethink society and develop a new economic model for Europe – resilient, more protective, sovereign and inclusive? Join this virtual conference to discuss the EU’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and whether it will put Europe on the path to a truly sustainable, climate-neutral and just economy.

14 July, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST and 15 July, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CEST
“Climate Risks and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures: Focus on Middle East and Africa” (by UNEP Finance Initiative)

This 2-part webinar will explore the dynamics of climate risks and opportunities for businesses, including the significance and impact of climate risks with a focus on institutions in Middle East and Africa. Further, it will cover the implementation of climate risk initiatives and programs, with a deep-dive on the Task-Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework. The webinar is suitable for professionals working in banking, insurance, investment, asset management, regulation, and anyone interested in the dynamic of climate risks and the linkage to financial institutions and business financial risks.

14 July, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM CEST
“Sharing Cities’ Smart City Solutions: Building retrofit” (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 building retrofits as one of smart city solutions through two case studies from the lighthouse cities. Join to find out more.

14 July, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
“Can Healthy Ecosystems Prevent Future Pandemics?” (by University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute)

Integrating the themes of global health (humans and animal), ecosystem resilience, biodiversity conservation, and food security, this online event will bring experts together to share their perspectives on how the risk of future pandemics can be reduced through a better understanding of the complex interactions between health and natural systems…

14 July, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“Engaging Industry through the Global Partnership on Marine Litter” (by UNEP)

This event will convene a wide range of industrial sectors and actors to highlight the need for accelerated action to protect the sustainability of the oceans. Participants will also and demonstrate industry examples of transformative pathways toward achieving SDG 14, particularly SDG 14.1. Register here.

14 July, 2:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (8:00 AM EST)
“COVID-19 & the Environment: Pollution and Waste” (by UN Environment Management Group)

Some states paused economic activity and encouraged manufacturing companies to redirect capabilities and capacities towards producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for essential workers, particularly in healthcare. To comply with infection prevention standards, PPE typically comprise single-use synthetic materials, e.g.chloroethene polymer, nitrile, Tyvek, etc. WHO estimatesthat 89 million medical masks are required for the COVID-19 response each month, with an 40% demand for industry manufacturing capacity. As cities and member states begin to metabolize the unprecedented plastics consumption, we may see a correlated increase in hazardous solid waste, wastewater/microplastics pollution, and plastics pollution – for which agencies and stakeholders need to prepare for. Register here.

14 July, 2:30 – 4:00 PM CEST (8:30 AM EST)
“Build Back Better: Navigating Business Risks and Opportunities in a Post-COVID World” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development and UN DESA)

This is a special online event happening within the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2020. The event will bring together business leaders and sustainability champions from across the world for an engaging virtual experience to explore the lessons learned, highlight transformative solutions and build collaborative synergies around the new normal we want.

14 July, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Water Productivity Improvements – A Silver Bullet for the Climate Crisis?” (by FAO and Global Framework on Water Scarcity in AgricultureWASAG)

This webinar is organized by leading institutions on sustainable agricultural water use. This webinar will discuss the potential and limitations of water productivity interventions in helping water managers (from the farm to the basin level) to deal with growing scarcity due to climatic and other changes. Main messages of the White Paper ‘Can Water Productivity Improvements Save Us from Global Water Scarcity?’ will be presented and feedback from key stakeholders will be received.

14 July, 3:30 – 4:30 PM CEST (7:00 PM IST, 9:30 AM EST)
“The Indian Model of Energy Efficiency Cooling Policy Development” (by CLASP and India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency)

Join the interactive webinar to discuss India’s highly successful energy efficiency portfolio. Learn about their comprehensive policy coverage for cooling appliances.

14 July, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Decarbonising heat and the role for 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. The webinar will explore decarbonising heat and the role for flexibility, and provide the opportunity to hear different perspectives from confirmed speakers from the Carbon Trust, Western Power Distribution and IGEM. Register here.

14 July, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Infrastructure resilience and climate action – Concrete” (by Institution of Civil Engineers)

Repair and maintenance costs of structures and infrastructures is a major problem worldwide. Reinforced concrete (RC) corrosion is extremely expensive and is one of the major durability challenges leading to rust formation, cracking, spalling, delamination and degradation of structures. Development of infrastructure resilience, combined with the creation of circular economy, is essential in terms of re-use and reduction in carbon consumption. This talk is a result of several projects developed by Dr Bras in recent years on infrastructure resilience and sustainability. It demonstrates the benefits of using tailored bio-concrete solutions to increase RC service life and minimise embodied carbon impact. Tangible and practical examples will be provided. The objective is to significantly reduce material consumption, to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals on infrastructure innovation and climate action.

14 July, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST (12:00 PM EST)
“The Climate Crisis Report in Focus” (by Environmental and Energy Study Institute – EESI)

Join the briefing on the climate action report released by the majority staff of the House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on June 30. Watch the event live broadcast here.

14 July, 7:00 – 8:00 PM CEST (1:00 PM EST)
“Case Study: Investing in Nature to Build Climate-Resilient Communities” (by WWF Canada)

Since 2014, WWF-Canada has worked with municipalities in New Brunswick to help local leaders learn the climate risks and vulnerabilities of their infrastructure, businesses and community members. Recently, the organisation teamed up with the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative and the town of Florenceville-Bristol to understand how natural assets can help reduce or prevent flooding – at a lower cost and increased resilience than engineered infrastructure. Join the event to learn about how nature-based solutions help reduce flood risk and build climate resilience, the on-the-ground process for incorporating nature-based solutions into municipal plans and bylaws, how this approach can be replicated in communities across the country.

14 July, 7:00 – 8:00 PM CEST (10:00 AM Pacific Time)
“Wildfire Preparedness: Strategic Investments to Balance Risks” (by Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment)

Fire season has begun in California and across the West. With climate change, fuel accumulation, and increased development in the wildland-urban interface, every year is now a high-risk year. But in 2020, the US is also managing a pandemic, which has strained financial as well as other disaster preparedness resources at all levels. It is well known that up-front investment in preparedness and resilience saves money and lives. But how can federal, state and local fire agencies best balance prevention and response, especially when all resources are constrained? And how will we leverage future resource allocations to ensure the highest‑priority, most cost‑effective programs and activities receive funding? Experts will discuss strategies for managing wildfire risks, including incentive structures, regulations, partnerships and financing. Register here.

14 July, 7:00 – 8:00 PM CEST (1:00 PM EST)
“Introduction to US National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform” (by Clean Energy States Alliance)

This webinar will feature an introduction to National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform Beta and other tools and data that support state and local clean energy planning. The demonstration will include an introduction to SLOPE’s components that include electricity consumption, energy efficiency potential, renewable energy technical generation potential, levelized cost of energy, and more. Learn how you can access and apply SLOPE’s data on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and (coming soon) sustainable transportation opportunities and potential for your state. Register here.

15 July, 8:00 – 9:00 AM CEST (4:00 PM AEST)
“Finance in Agriculture in a Changing Climate” (by Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries – CRSPI)

Learn how the finance sector is delivering the market signal for reduced emissions and enhanced climate risk management in agriculture. This webinar will explore how finance initiatives can assist Australian agriculture to engage with climate risk and motivate investment in emissions reduction within the sector. Presenters will discuss (with examples) approaches and initiatives in financing debt and equity. Register here.

15 July, 2:00 – 3:15 PM CEST (8:00 AM EST)
A Healthy Recovery: Charting the path forward” (by Global Climate and Health Alliance)

Ahead of this month’s G20 Finance Ministers meeting (July 18-19), WHO representatives, an economist with COVID19 recovery expertise and representatives from leading medical and health organizations from around the world will gather for the webinar. The event will provide an overview of COVID19 government response packages, how these investments can support our future health and well being from a health, economic, and sustainability perspective, and key steps governments should be taking to deliver a Healthy Recovery. Leading health organizations will discuss their efforts to help bring this about. Register here.

15 July, 2:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (8:00 AM EST)
“COVID-19 & the Environment: Building Back Better – a Sustainable Future” (by UN Environment Management Group)

The phrase: “Build Back Better” was referenced as a principle to view disaster as the trigger of creating more resilient nations and societies. It is a sentiment that is expanded by the UN Secretary-General to emphasize the concept of inter-generational equity as the framework for more inclusive and sustainable economies and societies, and by the International Resource Panel (IRP) to shift to a new paradigm of resource use that is socially equitable, economically resilient, and environmentally healthy. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected vulnerable groups, through loss of employment, higher infection risk, unequal access to quality education, and a rise in hate speech. It is timely to reinforce the commitment of building back better by creating green jobs and encouraging the transition to a carbon-neutral future and long-term social reform – by keeping social sensitivity high and taking advantage of the crisis in its window of opportunity. Register here.

15 July, 2:30 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Open and Transparent: Forest data setting the course for green future under the Paris Agreement” (by FAO, UN ESCAP and Agreenium)

To combat climate change and its impacts, the Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries representing their commitment to limit the rise of the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius. In order to build confidence in the process, the Paris Agreement includes a key element referred to as the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) for action and support. Join the webinar to get to know more about the importance of the ETF under Article 13 of the Paris Agreement and to know more about how the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) can support its implementation. Register here.

15 July, 3:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“Climate Bonds: Monthly Market Update” (by Climate Bonds Initiative)

Sit back with your cup of joe & learn of all the latest developments & deals that have come to play for the month of June. Analysis of the various green debt instruments, trends emerging in the market & are we seeing signs of recovery from COVID-19.

15 July, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST (1:00 PM Brazil)
“Virtual Launch of GlobalABC Latin America Roadmap for Buildings and Construction” (by Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction)

This workshop will take place on the occasion of the 7th International Sustainable Cities Congress, organized by the Costa Rica Green Building Council.

15 July, 7:15 – 8:30 PM CEST (1:15 PM EST)
“Moving Forward with Carbon Pricing” (by Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – C2ES)

As governments step up efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the number of carbon pricing initiatives continues to grow around the world. This webinar will highlight the latest trends in carbon pricing globally and take a closer look at leading examples at the international, national, and state levels: the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), the United Kingdom’s Emissions Trading System, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the Northeast United States.

16 July, 9:00 – 10:30 AM CEST (3:00 PM CST)
“Climate Investment and Finance: Investors and Corporates’ Climate Commitments” (by Principles for Responsible Investment – PRI and China Climate International Finance Association)

The past 12 months have seen a notable increase in the number of countries, companies and investors setting climate commitment to reduce carbon emissions. This bilingual webinar (in Chinese / English) will look at the commercial drivers for this, how the targets are being implemented and holding up in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

16 July, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST (10:00 AM BST)
“COP26 in a post-Covid world” (by Conservative Environment Network)

Join this online event to discuss the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in a post-Covid world. 2020 was touted as the ‘year of climate action’, with the UK set to host the UN Climate Summit, COP26, in Glasgow at the end of the year, and with each nation due to submit their updated climate plans, or Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Five years on from the landmark Paris Agreement, COP26 was going to be a critical opportunity for the international community to tackle climate change and for the UK to show leadership on the world stage. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s COP has been postponed. What impact does this have on climate ambition, and what role must the UK play in leading the global push for a clean economic recovery?

16 July, 12:30 – 1:30 PM CEST
“Urban climate and heat islands” (by CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change)

Join to find out about the activities of the VITO Urban Climate Service Center that is specialized in the delivery of data, tools and services to support urban areas in their ambition to become more climate resilient with a particular focus on heat related issues. Discover results of a study aiming to investigate the effects of urban morphology on the urban microclimate by analysing the characteristics and performance of typical Euro-Mediterranean housing blocks. Analysing key factors represents an important tool for the improvement of urban design measures: by taking into account quantitative climate data in urban planning, architecture and environmental design, it supports both local authorities and practitioners to build resilient cities in a changing climate. Register here.

16 July, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CEST
“Water and Climate Coordination: Supporting the NDCs under the Paris Agreement” (by Cap-Net, UNDP, Global Water Partnership, AGWA, SIWI and Water Governance Facility)

This is the second webinar of the webinar series on water and climate coordination. The webinar aims to help countries to understand the different processes and tools that can help in adaptation planning and implementation, starting from the strategic level adaptation planning up to local level adaptation actions. Register here.

16 July, 2:00 – 3:15 PM CEST
“Recovering better: Global Opportunities for Jumpstarting the Real Economy #GOforSDGs” (by Green Growth Knowledge Partnership)

This event will highlight priorities in accelerating and raising ambition for greening recovery plans, showcase inspiring examples of how real economy actors are helping to jumpstart job creation, and demonstrate the critical role of small and medium size enterprises in linking economic recovery to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) objectives. It will also introduce the “Menu of Services” of the Global Opportunities for SDGs (GO4SDGs) initiative; showcasing the different tools that the partners can bring to the regional and national level in order to create a scaling effect as countries seek to orient their recovery packages to the real economy. Register here.

16 July, 2:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“High-level webinar: Greening the economic recovery in line with climate neutrality – From commitments to action” (by Green Growth Partnership, University of Cambridge and CLG Europe)

Organised in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), this virtual event will be an opportunity to launch key priorities of the German Presidency in the EU, with a focus on climate. Panelists will exchange insights on how to combine economic recovery and climate objectives, including climate neutrality by 2050 and an increased 2030 target, in a way that enables a successful transition towards a climate neutral, resilient and prosperous European economy. The event will take place one day prior to the European Council meeting which will discuss the EU’s economic recovery plan. Register here.

16 July, 2:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (8:00 AM EST)
“COVID-19 & the Environment: System Resiliency & Health-Related Interdependencies” (by UN Environment Management Group)

The adage “Flatten the Curve” is used often to refer to reducing the rate of new, confirmed COVID-19 cases, in order to ensure the rate of infection is within the healthcare industries’ capacity to treat. However, untimely lockdown measures have witnessed hospitals being overwhelmed with cases, leading to a healthcare system failure. As the healthcare system begins the fail, the resilience of the social, economic and political systems have begun to degrade –leading to issues arising in interdependencies and interlinkages, e.g. poverty risks, gender mainstreaming, educational systems, decent work and labour, and peaceful strong institutions, all of which significantly affect the governance of environmental natural resources. Therefore, the question is posed: how can we protect the resilience of various social, economic, and environmental systems? Register here.

16 July, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Social and Behaviour Change Essentials” (by ANH Academy)

This event is a part of webinar series “Social and behaviour change for improved agriculture and nutrition”. The first webinar is designed to help practitioners gain an essential understanding of social and behaviour change (SBC), especially: (1) what SBC is (not) about, (2) why some people do not practice the promoted behaviours, (3) where people’s knowledge fits into the process of change, (4) what the main misconceptions about changing people’s behaviours are and why they are wrong, (5) what small doable actions you can take to integrate SBC into your projects effectively.

16 July, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“How can the 2050 objectives for carbon neutrality be transformed into short term action?” (by Climate Chance)

In this virtual workshop, our Climate Chance Observatory will focus on the importance of monitoring, evaluation and the continuity of the climate action led by local authorities, businesses and civil society. The global goal being to make our collective commitments more credible, and to start replicating the progress we observed as early as 2020. Register here.

16 July, 3:00 – 9:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EST)
“Global Citizen Forum: Health, Food, and Environment” (by United Nations Association in Canada)

The forum consists of 2 two-hour session featuring a high-level panel of experts, followed by youth-led discussion groups. Session 1: Climate Smart Agriculture: an integrated approach to address food security and climate change? Session 2: Planetary Health, Eco Health, One Health: Three holistic approaches to save humans and the planet?

16 July, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative: A bold new idea to phase out fossil fuels and fast track solutions” (by Global Gas and Oil Network and Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative)

Climate change, like nuclear weapons, is a major global threat. Bold and immediate action is needed to address the climate emergency. The main cause of the climate emergency is fossil fuels. Coal, oil and gas are responsible for almost 80% of all carbon dioxide emissions since the industrial revolution. Phasing-out fossil fuel production, and fast-tracking progress towards safer and more cost-effective solutions, will require unprecedented international cooperation in three main areas. An international group of leading climate policy, legal, communication and social movement professionals have started collaborating on efforts around the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. Join to learn more.

16 July, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
” ‘How to’ Session: Using the EO4SD CR Platform to access Earth Observation data (hands-on)” (by European Space Agency)

The EO4SD Climate Resilience cluster project has deployed a web based (EO4SD CR) platform to provide climate action programmes with enhanced climate risk management capabilities allowing users to explore the data and apply on demand analytics. This webinar will comprise of a hands-on session and a guided tutorial in which structured exercises will enable participants to familiarize, navigate and extract the information required in their assessments. Register here.

16 July, 5:30 – 6:30 CEST (4:30 BST)
“Rising to the Net-Zero Challenge” (by Climate Action)

These are challenging times for many industries, and none more so than the energy sector. The impacts of COVID-19 have been vast: the price of oil has plummeted, many companies are struggling to formulate recovery plans, and pressures to rebuild a green, clean and fossil-fuel world are mounting. But as we emerge from lockdown following the global health crisis, can leaders from across all sectors rise to the challenge of greening the recovery? In 2019, the UK Government legislated for Net-Zero emission by 2050. This is a legally binding target that will require extraordinary cooperation across industries and sectors. This will also require the energy sector to play a critical role by not only decarbonizing their operations and shifting to clean production, but by creating net-zero pathways for other industries.

16 July, 8:00 – 9:30 PM CEST (2:00 PM EST)
“Rapid Decarbonization throughout the Building Lifecycle” (by Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley)

To deal with increasing impacts from anthropomorphic climate change, the building industry must revolutionize standard practices for design, construction and operation. This symposium will feature industry professionals who are leading efforts in decarbonization of commercial buildings, from cradle to grave. They will present advanced carbon and life-cycle analysis resources such as Tally and EC3, and case studies.

17 July, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM EST)
“Review of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2020” (by International Institute on Sustainable Development – IISD)

The 2020 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) already had the ambitious goal of launching a decade of action to get the SDGs back “on track” before the pandemic struck. With a world reeling from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, how will the HLPF build momentum for the 2030 Agenda as it moves online? During the panel discussion and Q&A session the day after the Forum closes, the speakers will answer the following questions: How did first virtual HLPF go? What challenges were identified and what themes emerged for moving forward with SDG implementation? Where does the 2030 Agenda go from here? Register here.

17 July, 7:30 – 8:30 PM CEST (1:30 PM EST)
“EnergySource Innovation Stream: Industrial cybersecurity solutions” (by Atlantic Council Global Energy Center)

The level of cybersecurity risk for energy infrastructure continues to rise sharply as operational technology becomes increasingly hyper-connected and as adversaries grow capability to navigate industrial control systems networks. In his presentation, chief executive officer at Dragos will describe how these threats can impact operations’ uptime, efficiency, and safety. He will talk about the current threat landscape in the energy industry, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on security risks, and explain how various industrial equipment vulnerabilities should be prioritized when protecting operations. Register here or watch live here: