Week of 31st August – 6th September 2020

Retooling global cooperation to effectively respond to future climate risks. Solutions to water and security challenges. Decarbonization opportunities through green hydrogen in mining, steel and transport sectors. How can we achieve Net Zero? Tackling tough trade-offs while leaving no one behind: on fossil fuels and pandemics. Find out about these and more online events of the week!

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31 August, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM CEST (2:30 PM IST)
“Opportunities for transformative Climate Action in Transport sector in India” (by WRI India)

The transport sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in India. In 2015, emissions from this sector represented about 10.5% of the country’s total emissions, but that is set to increase. India seeks to address future energy requirements through sustainable transportation options. There are several actions that have been initiated or implemented in India with a focus on “Shift” and “Improve”. These actions have the potential to accelerate the transition to low-carbon sustainable transport in India. Join this online stakeholder consultation to find out more. Register here.

31 August, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“Role of Governments and Private Sector Players in accelerating Climate Finance in the Arab States Region” (by UNDP and Clean Energy Business Council)

The webinar will share the experiences of governments and private sector players in accelerating climate finance in the Arab States region, leading to resilient development and growth, and it will also include lessons from international experience. The discussion should also address the different challenges of oil and non-oil producers. The following questions will be addressed: (1) What does climate finance in the Arab states look like, and what are the recent developments? (2) Experiences of countries in the Arab region in financing climate-resilient development. (3) Opportunities, barriers, and perceived risks in accelerating private climate finance in the Arab States.

31 August, 4:00 – 5:30 PM CEST (11:00 BRT)
“New Economy for Brazil: Paths to Build Back Better” (by WRI Brasil and New Climate Economy)

This webinar features prominent voices from the public and private sectors. Together they will examine how Brazil can unlock the benefits of a new low-carbon economy and build a more resilient, prosperous and fair society. The webinar will be broadcast with simultaneous translation in Portuguese and English. Register here.

1 September, 4:00 – 5:00 AM CEST (31 August, 10:00 PM EST)
“Exploring Emerging Trends and Technologies in Distributed Energy Resources” (by National Renewable Energy Laboratory – NREL, World Resource Institute – WRI, C40 Cities and USAID Clean Power Asia)

Disruptive technologies are reshaping the world around us, not least in our power sector. The conventional model of centralized electricity generation is quickly becoming obsolete as we move towards a distributed world of energy prosumers, peer-to-peer electricity trading, and electric vehicles that serve both as a modes of transport and mobile energy hubs. We are now connected in novel ways and more interconnected than ever. Join an interactive discussion with experts on the new technologies and business models in distributed energy that are transforming the roles of producers, consumers, and the power sector as we know it. Register here.

1 September, 6:00 – 7:30 AM CEST (11:00 AM Vietnam)
“Energy benchmarking to realize improved Energy Efficiency in Buildings” (by ICLEI, Asia LEDS Partnership, WRI, Building Efficiency Accelerator and SEforAll)

Energy benchmarking can help cities use building energy information to assess performance and design and implement policies and programs for energy efficiency improvement in existing buildings. Benchmarking data can also support setting locally appropriate targets for new buildings. The webinar will highlight opportunities that energy benchmarking offers to cities to advance building efficiency. Experiences and insights from benchmarking efforts from the region, including China and India, will be shared with participants to support replication of similar initiatives. Register here.

1 September, 8:00 – 9:00 AM CEST
“Synergies at national level in data collection for reporting under MRV/ETF, Sustainable Development Goals and other international instruments for Asia and the Pacific region” (by Consultative Group of Experts – CGE, UNFCCC)

This webinar focuses on synergies at national level in data collection for climate reporting under the Convention and the Paris Agreement and monitoring of other international instruments such as SDGs and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The webinar is targeted at MRV experts/practitioners and those involved in monitoring of SDGs indicators and SFDRR, as well as national statistical offices in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific region. More details and registration here.

1 September, 4:30 – 6:00 PM CEST (7:30 AM PDT)
“China & India: Impact on Global Energy Transition” (by Stanford University)

Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy hosts a conversation on the impact of China and India on the global energy transition featuring representatives of business and academia. Register here.

1 September, 5:00 – 6:30 PM CEST (10:00 AM Mexico)
“The transition to electric mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean” (by MOVE, UNEP)

The transport electrification process is strongly related to efficiency of power generation and supply. The transition to electric mobility can boost the energy demand, opening the opportunity for deploying renewable energy and creating a virtuous circle. This session will show the state-of-the-art technologies and strategies to achieve this goal. Register here.

2 September, 9:00 – 10:00 AM CEST (11:00 AM UAE)
“Decarbonization opportunities through Green Hydrogen: Mining, Steel and Transport” (by ATA Insights)

Green hydrogen provides regions with abundance of cheap solar energy an opportunity to export electricity to other markets. As the world transitions into a CO2 free energy industry, hydrogen could be an essential link for carbon free transport, mining, and industrial production. What is more, hydrogen could strategically enable fuel producing countries to diversify into clean energy whilst remaining key exporters in the international energy market in the future. Join the event to: (1) Understand how ammonia created from hydrogen can be a useful energy carrier that can be readily stored and transported and can therefore be used in other applications, (2) Consider the opportunities of hydrogen and fuel cell automation, (3) Hear about the investment in hydrogen-based ammonia plants and other hydrogen technology through the region.

2 September, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CEST
“How can we achieve Net Zero?” (by University of Oxford)

In this webinar, speakers will talk about Net Zero and how we can achieve it, from a power perspective. Register here.

2 September, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CEST
“100% Renewable” (by European Green Capital Network – EGCN)

This event offers guidance, insider tips and the opportunity to learn and exchange experiences on climate change mitigation and strategies for transitioning to fossil fuel-free cities. It includes presentations on the sustainable neighbourhoods of Umeå (Sweden), the solar energy strategy in Lisbon (Portugal), and regional cooperation for renewable energy in Nuremberg (Germany). The webinar accompanies the launch of the ‘100% renewable’ toolkit, created by the Network, which includes case studies, videos and resources for cities looking to go 100% renewable and integrate social, cultural and economic perspectives into their energy and environmental policies. Register here.

2 September, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“Role of Financing Instruments in enabling Transformative Climate Action in the Arab Region” (by UNDP and Clean Energy Business Council)

The objective of this webinar is to assess the potential role of different financing instruments in enabling transformative climate action on the ground in the region. The webinar will also discuss the financial market development and reform, diversifying away from bank finance and the role of financial centres. The webinar will feature success stories and case studies from the region and lessons learned.

2 September and 3 September, 2:00 – 4:30 PM CEST
“Retooling global cooperation to effectively respond to future climate risks” (by Resilience Frontiers and UNFCCC)

This two-day event will cover the following topics, which correspond to three pathways of the Resilience Frontiers:
– Ensuring universal equitable coverage of and open access to, big data and information, and related benefits to human well-being
– Managing water and other natural resources in an equitable and participatory way
– Managing transboundary considerations equitably.
This is an opportunity us to collectively and continuously explore ways to rectify the human-nature interface and pave the way to a resilient future for all. Register here.

2 September, 3:00 – 3:30 PM CEST
“Energy Sector Subsidies – A look at the first estimate of their total value?” (by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA)

Following the IRENA’s technical paper, Energy Subsidies: Evolution in the global energy transformation to 2050, this webinar will provide key insights on globally used subsidy definitions and calculation methods, explain how the first-ever estimate of total energy sector subsidies was attained, and lay out the strengths and limitations of the approach. The webinar will present the current level of energy sector subsidies and the trends in total energy subsidies by fuel or source and across sectors. It will also discuss what needs to be done to facilitate a more robust debate around the reform of energy subsidies. Register here.

2 September, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CEST
“Aligning finance for the net zero economy: new ideas from leading thinkers” (by EIT Climate-KIC and UNEP Finance)

The webinar will explore what climate alignment means for financial institutions, the barriers faced by financial institutions wishing to align their portfolios, and take a more granular look at what alignment might mean for various dimensions of financial practice across asset classes. Register here.

2 September, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CEST
“Tackling tough trade-offs while leaving no one behind: on fossil fuels and pandemics” (by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm University and Stockholm Environment Institute – SEI)

The rush towards win-win solutions often leaves out the discussion on the tough trade-offs and the big externalities. This postpones the less popular debates for the future and these non-decisions then become apparently insurmountable. For example, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change does not mention fossil fuels. But how can the Paris Agreement’s long-term goals be achieved without phasing out fossil fuels? Leaving fossil fuels underground can cost the global economy between 12-185 USD trillion depending on how you calculate… Register here.

2 September, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST (10:00 AM EST)
“Ending conflicts over water: Solutions to water and security challenges” (by World Resources Institute – WRI, Pacific Institute and Water, Peace & Security Partnership)

This webinar will explore solutions to water challenges, which can improve water resources management, drought response, flood prevention and access to safe, reliable and affordable water for all. A new report provides solution-oriented analysis and recommendations that decision-makers need to avert water crises around the world. Register here.

2 September, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CEST (10:00 AM EST)
“Tracking emission reduction transfers with Carbon Assets Tracking Systems” (by WWF)

Double counting of emission reductions (ER) could undermine global climate action by making global reductions appear greater than they really are. Keeping track of ER and where they go when transferred away from their original source with ER Transaction Registries is one way to prevent double counting and preserve the integrity of global climate efforts. The World Bank has developed a centralized system that records and tracks the issuance and transfers of ER units generated under its results-based climate finance programs, known as CATS (Carbon Assets Tracking System). In this learning session Senior Carbon Finance Specialist with the World Bank Group will introduce CATS, provide an overview the improvements released in February and June 2020, and highlight ways it can support countries seeking to transfer or acquire ER units to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement.

2 September, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CEST
“Reversing Nature Loss and Building Climate Resilience for Most Vulnerable in Crisis Contexts” (by WWF International, IRC, UNEP/OCHA, ICRC, IFRC and CARE)

Join this high-level webinar on nature and humanitarian agenda to find out: (1) What impacts climate change, environmental crisis and conflicts have on peoples’ lives, (2) Why we must act now to simultaneously protect the environment and reduce the risks of humanitarian crises that further exacerbate inequalities and conflicts, (3) The value of nature-based approaches to reduce climate risks and build community resilience. Following the high-level welcome remarks and the technical panel discussion, participants will hear from World Health Organisation experts on the links between nature, health and humanitarian work, especially in the COVID19 context.

2 September, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CEST (12:00 PM EST)
“Preparing High Schoolers for Green Careers” (by Environmental and Energy Study Institute – EESI)

In the United States, spiraling student-loan debt and low rates of college completion have encouraged a resurgence in career and technical education (CTE) in public schools. Panelists will discuss the benefits of offering students CTE options and the policies and programs that help such programs flourish. Watch live broadcast of the event here.

2 September, 7:00 – 8:00 PM CEST (1:00 PM EST)
“The Massachusetts Clean Peak Standard – How it will affect renewable and storage value streams, projects, and markets” (by Clean Energy States Alliance)

Massachusetts is launching the nation’s first Clean Peak Energy Standard (CPS), an ambitious, complex program that aims to reduce peak electric demand, cut emissions, and lower ratepayer costs. Similar to renewable portfolio standards, the new program will provide clean peak energy certificates to eligible renewable, energy storage, and demand reduction resources that can generate electricity or reduce load during peak demand hours. Electric utilities will be required to meet a certain percentage of annual retail electricity sales with clean peak certificates. This webinar will feature speakers from Customized Energy Solutions and Sustainable Energy Advantage, who assisted the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) in designing the Clean Peak Standard. Register here.

3 September, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CEST
“Phasing out from lignite – what does that mean for the Czech power sector?” (by Agora Energiewende)

Europe’s top-three lignite countries are Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, Europe’s lignite triangle. Over the last dozen months, national discussions on the gradual phasing out of lignite have accelerated in these countries. A Coal Commission is soon to set up in the Czech Republic and by the end of 2020 it is expected to determine when the country will exit coal. Find out more in the webinar. Register here.

3 September, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CEST
“Climate Services for the Energy Industry” (by SECLI-FIRM and Climateuope)

Exploring how EU projects have developed innovative climate services for the energy industry. Register here.

3 September, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CEST
“Decoding Green Climate Fund’s meeting of the Board (B.26) + Green Climate Fund insight #15 – COVID-19” (by E Co.)

In this webinar, the E Co. team will be bringing you our consultant analysis on the latest updates of the world’s largest climate fund – Green Climate Fund (GCF). E Co. Speakers will be discussing key issues and takeaways emerging from the Green Climate Fund 26th Meeting of the Board (B.26) that took place last week. Special guests to be announced. Experts will also be discussing the ‘Impacts of COVID-19 on GCF projects’ from our 15th GCF insight report, released ahead of B.26. Learn what GCF project developers around the globe have to say about how the pandemic is affecting and anticipated to affect project development in the long term.

4 September