Week of 26th October – 1st November 2020

New forms of leadership for the future we want. Transformative partnerships to accelerate the sustainable development goals. Gender and just transitions. The future of energy storage. Investing in forest restoration, investing in our future. Making cities resilient. How can governments attract private investment for the green energy transition? Can carbon markets work? Find out about these and more online events of the week!

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26 – 27 October
“Virtual Forum on Hydrogen Economy” (by International Institute for Sustainable Development – IISD, Global Subsidies Initiative and China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development)

According to BloombergNEF, hydrogen could meet up to 24% of the world’s energy needs by 2050. How will hydrogen move from a niche industrial feedstock today to a means to achieve net-zero CO2 across the energy sector? Which countries will secure the global leadership role on hydrogen? Which feedstocks will dominate the coming decade? When will large scale international trade in hydrogen become a reality? How are industrial players overcoming technological risks, cost and policy uncertainty? Join a series of virtual sessions on the hydrogen economy aiming at answering these questions.

Session on Present prospects for production and industrial use of hydrogen

26 – 28 October
“Daring Cities” (by ICLEI and Federal City of Bonn)

The climate emergency is happening right now, in our cities, towns and regions around the world. Global leaders are struggling to address this urgent crisis. But the daring actions of local leaders are spreading around the globe. Daring Cities is a virtual, action-oriented forum to recognize and empower courageous urban leaders – including mayors and other decision-makers, technical staff, researchers, private sector representatives, and community organizers – to disrupt business-as-usual and shift towards business-as-possible. The many online events happening within Daring Cities showcase and catalyze exemplary local climate action to tackle the climate emergency, including ambitious resilience-building and climate mitigation efforts.

26 – 29 October
“Clean Energy for EU Islands Online Forum” (by Clean Energy for EU Islands)

The event’s programme will focus on creating stronger links between the EU institutions and the local actions on the island. Representatives from different institutions will introduce their role in creating the enabling framework for the decarbonisation of EU islands, and island communities will present and discuss their activities with peers and EU representatives. The Forum will further include local transition days, where islanders and transition team members are invited to meet in their communities, and feed back their latest developments and experiences to the wider EU islands community. The last day will be focusing on exchanging ideas and impressions from the previous days in an interactive format online with links to the site-visit videos. Register here.

26 – 30 October
“Financing for Energy Transitions: FSR Global Energy Innovation Week” (by Florence School of Regulation)

Three Energy Innovation Week sessions intend to contribute to identification of common elements of the population of challenges that conform the current regulatory landscape, in order to define a framework that facilitates regulatory learning to realize financing of energy transitions.

Session 1: Digitalization and long-term investment in energy assets
Session 2: Public financing of green innovation: Matching offers and demand for financing
Session 3: Mobilising private investment for green, climate-resilient energy assets: The role of innovation in finance

26 October, 8:30 – 10:00 AM CET (4:30 PM Tokyo Time)
“Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy: Japan” (by Global Wind Energy Council and RE100)

The webcast will highlight the opportunities and challenges for corporate procurement of renewable energy in Japan. Speakers will explain the legal and regulatory frameworks supporting the corporate market in Japan, including potential barriers for market actors. They will also discuss the on-the-ground reality from the corporate demand-side perspective, unpacking the experience, gaps and upsides for procurement of renewables.

26 October, 10:00 – 10:45 AM CET
“European Green Deal – what are the next steps?” (by International Energy Agency – IEA)

Join a conversation with European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans and IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol.

26 October, 9:00 – 10:00 PM CET (4:00 PM EDT)
“International Comparison of the Efficiency of Electricity Futures” (by International Association for Energy Economics)

The presented project makes an original contribution to the electricity market literature by using an international sample to explore the efficiency of electricity futures across different markets. The focus is on the efficiency of five futures markets (Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Nord Pool and the PJM Interconnection) between 2002 and 2016. Research analysis has three components; first, exploring the validity of the unbiasedness hypothesis in this context; second, testing the forecast power of futures prices; and; third, exploring market characteristics as determinants of efficiency. Join to discover more.

27 – 28 October
“Global Solutions Forum” (by UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – SDSN)

The Global Solutions Forum (GSF) brings together sustainable development experts from around the world to showcase how they are implementing local initiatives that are advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, SDSN will take this initiative to the next level, with an innovative event alongside the United Nations General Assembly and the International Conference for Sustainable Development to showcase the eight best solutions coming from SDSNs National and Regional Networks.

27 October, 8:00 – 10:00 AM CET
“Global Ministerial Conference on System Integration of Renewables” (by International Energy Agency – IEA)

The Conference will provide a platform for Ministers, CEOs and thought leaders to explore emerging issues in the acceleration of renewables integration and power system resilience, with a focus on Asia and the ASEAN region. The Ministerial Conference will also feature the launch of the IEA’s Electricity Security Report.

27 October, 9:30 – 11:00 AM and 3:00 – 4:30 PM CET
“Building climate resilient food systems based on the 10 Agroecology elements” (by FAO and WWF)

Global and national food systems are a major driver of loss of natural resources and likewise threatened by climate change impacts. However, there is considerable potential to foster (climate) resilience through a transformation towards sustainable food systems. Agroecology and other related systemic approaches provide guidance and options for such transformations. The goal of this online event is to showcase good examples of how food systems approaches based on Agroecology elements also increase climate resilience and how this can be considered in NDCs and other national food related strategies. Register here (morning session) or here (afternoon session).

27 October, 9:30 – 11:15 AM CET
“Renovate Europe Day 2020” (by Renovate Europe Campaign)

Citizens are more concerned than ever before about their jobs, well-being and quality of life. Energy renovation stands at the intersection of the EU’s green priorities and growth objectives and is the linchpin to the EU’s recovery. What lessons can be learnt from France, Italy and Ireland about prioritizing energy renovation in the National Recovery Plans? How does the recently published Renovation Wave provide the needed financial, technical and regulatory impetus to channel EU Recovery Funds into buildings and help boost the rate and quality of energy renovations across the EU?

27 October, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CET
“The Nordic way – innovative financing in green/ climate projects” (by PROSPECT Project)

PROSPECT Horizon2020 project aims to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experience on innovative financing schemes used to implement sustainable energy and climate plans, especially within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors. Join the event to learn about how businesses, municipalities and regional authorities from Norway’s Stavanger Region has found innovative ways to finance sustainable projects within the field of energy, mobility, and energy-effective buildings.

27 October, 12:30 – 2:00 PM CET (7:30 AM EDT)
“Transformative Partnerships to Accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals” (by World Resources Institute – WRI)

Join this global webinar that explores how multi-stakeholder partnerships can help accelerate the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The webinar will include the live presentation of the 2020 P4G State-of-the-Art Partnerships Award Winners, the findings of WRI’s new report “A Time for Transformative Partnerships” and a high-level discussion on how to accelerate the progress of multi-stakeholder partnerships for the SDGs.

27 October, 1:30 – 2:30 PM CET
“Analyzing Climate Transition Risk with Customized En-ROADS Scenarios” (by Climate Interactive)

Join experts of Climate Interactive to explore new techniques to quantify climate transition risk with an interactive simulator, En-ROADS. The simulator was built by CI and MIT Sloan’s Sustainability Initiative using the best available science, and tested against the suite of Integrated Assessment Models. The session will explore possible futures that fall outside the typical spread of mitigation scenarios, for example, radical electrification, continued rejection of coal, and/or earlier “peak oil.” The En-ROADS approach emphasizes five features: customized inputs, customized outputs, transparency of assumptions, a “whole system” and causal perspective, and real-time sensitivity testing.

27 October, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CET
“Decarbonizing Cities: How To Build Coalitions And Get People On Board” (by Daring Cities, ICLEI)

In this online session, speakers will discuss the potential of activating new actor constellations and new approaches to trigger social change towards zero carbon cities. Ideas and best practices on how to engage formal and informal urban influencers, for example through culture and art, to form and sustain novel urban coalitions will be shared and discussed.

27 October, 2:30 – 4:00 PM CET
“Sustainable Finance: Opportunity or threat for the manufacturing industry of the EU?” (by Euractiv)

What are the opportunities, challenges and risks of sustainable finance and its impacts on industry and the economy at large? How might the rules of sustainable finance change industry practice and business models? Are there risks to be avoided? How will the European Commission ensure that no industries and technologies are neglected when it comes to selecting the most sustainable ones? How will the financial sector practically implement sustainable finance?

27 October, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CET (10:00 AM EDT)
“Making the Connection: How Can Governments Attract Private Investment for the Green Energy Transition?” (by World Resources Institute – WRI)

WRI, in partnership with leading clean energy company Ørsted, is working on new research (to be published in 2021) to identify concrete steps for governments across the world to address selected barriers to unlock private investment, de-risk decarbonization and get the world to a clean and prosperous future. Join this digital dialogue with representatives from global governments and the private sector to explore green solutions.

27 October, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CET
“Investing in Forest Restoration, Investing in Our Future” (by United Nations Environment Programme UNEP)

Large scale public and especially private investment is needed to restore degraded land, protect forests and enhance productivity to generate income and jobs for rural communities. At present, however, growing demand for food and materials leads to ever increasing demand for land, resulting in rapid deforestation, land degradation and habitat loss. As the world prepares for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, UNEP is launching the Restoration Seed Capital Facility. Join to find out more.

27 October, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CET
“A green and gender-driven COVID-19 recovery in Africa: How EU development finance can boost energy access for all” (by European Centre for Development Policy Management – ECDPM and Hivos)

This virtual conference will explore how public funding and innovative forms of finance could be applied to provide energy to COVID-19 affected women and vulnerable poor people in general of the rural, semi-urban and urban poor communities in Africa. The conference draws from and builds on key recommendations from the most recent research including the 2020 Tracking SDG7 Report, COVID-19, gender and energy, and the European Green Deal. This event will focus on how a comprehensive and integrated EU toolbox can effectively promote gender-equal energy access for the last mile so as to ensure the realisation of SDG 5 and 7.

27 October, 4:00 – 5:15 PM CET
“Gender and Just Transitions” (by United Nations Research Institute for Social Development – UNRISD)

Join for a conversation that will explore the interlinkages between gender justice and just transition. How do lived experiences differ for women in the male-dominated industries that receive much of the attention in current just transition debates? And what would a gender just transition look like? Based on examples from the US, Europe and Africa, speakers will delve into a debate of what kinds of just transitions hold the potential to achieve gender justice and of why changing the value of different kinds of work might be necessary in order to achieve low-carbon sustainable development.

27 October, 4:00 – 5:30 PM CET
“Deep dive: How green are the EU’s coronavirus recovery plans?” (by Clean Energy Wire)

The economic stimulus package the EU is drawing up to revive the economy after the coronavirus crisis has sparked hopes that progress in many sectors can be achieved much faster than previously thought, if the hundreds of billions of euros that will be disbursed in the pandemic’s wake are invested in the right way. In a web event for journalists, experts will offer their view on the status of EU plans and take a closer look at green recovery in key sectors such as transport, energy and tourism.

27 October, 4:00 – 5:30 PM CET
“Renewable Energy in Cities: Opportunities for Green Growth through Recovery Packages” (by Daring Cities, ICLEI)

The event showcases the opportunities that renewables present for cities to achieve a wide range of objectives, including fighting air pollution, improving public health, mitigating climate change and how cities can enable the transition to renewables. The Corona pandemic makes the importance of a clean and resilient energy system even more evident. This event brings in perspectives for green recovery of energy systems in cities and communities.

27 October, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CET
“Objectively assessing the (in)compatibility of power assets with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals” (by University of Oxford)

Aligning the economy with sustainability requires us to understand the (1) impacts that current and planned projects will have on the local and global environment, as well as on sustainable development and (2) the stranded asset risks current and planned projects face from different physical and transition risks related to environmental change, particularly climate change. This information and analysis can then inform decision-making by governments, private and public financial institutions, financial regulators, companies, and civil society. This presentation will cover the challenges and opportunities of doing this for the power sector and the what needs to happen next in power, as well as other sectors of the global economy.

27 October, 5:00 – 6:30 PM CET (12:00 PM EDT)
“Launch of America’s Zero Carbon Action Plan” (by Sustainable Development Solutions Network USA – SDSN USA)

Project chairs present the key recommendations and pathways from the Plan, which was developed through a consortium of over 100 experts who have developed a policy toolkit linked to a comprehensive, quantitatively-based strategy to achieve zero-carbon emissions in the United States by 2050 in line with the IPCC recommendations, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The plan is unlike any other in that it is based on both an energy and infrastructure model, and an economic model to project the job implications of the transition. The document aligns the technology transformation with economic levers, and provides a cadre of policy recommendations to get America to net zero emissions by 2050. The plan will be delivered to Congress and the Executive Administration in November.

27 October, 6:00 – 7:30 PM CET
“Can carbon markets work?” (by University of Oxford)

For decades the world’s governments have struggled to move from talk to action on climate. The most widely promoted strategy to address the climate crisis – the use of market-based programmes to reduce climate pollution – hasn’t been working and isn’t ready to scale. In a bold new book, Making Climate Policy Work, climate policy experts Danny Cullenward and David Victor show how the politics of creating and maintaining market-based policies render them ineffective nearly everywhere they have been applied. This online book launch interrogates the track record of market-based climate policies to date and examines their role moving forward.

27 October, 6:00 – 7:30 PM CET
“Hydrogen, the future fuel: Hype or Reality?” (by London Business School Alumni Energy Club)

Is Hydrogen the silver bullet for carbon neutrality? You might think so with the recent news about Hydrogen Policy from Brussels and national governments as well as the many investments being made by oil companies, utilities, and industry. But Hydrogen has been the fuel of the future before and yet never quite broke through. Is it different today? Experts will be looking at Hydrogen from very different places in the Value Chain: Policy, Generation, and End User.

27 October, 7:00 – 8:00 PM CET (2:00 PM EDT)
“The Oil and Gas Climate Index: Analyzing the varying climate impacts of global energy resources” (by Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT)

Due to technological advances in fracking and enhanced recovery, a growing array of unconventional oil and gas resources are now in abundant supply. While it is recognized that the oil and gas sector is a major contributor to climate change, the global warming impacts of specific resources are not well understood. The Oil and Gas Climate Index (OCI+) model was developed to analyze the diverse lifecycle greenhouse gases (GHGs) of global oils and gases. The OCI+ can be used to improve operations, guide socially responsible investments, steer policy-making, and facilitate a low-carbon energy transition.

27 October, 7:00 – 8:30 PM CET (2:00 PM EDT)
“How Can Hydrogen Enable 100% Renewable Targets?” (by American Council on Renewable Energy and BloombergNEF)

The State of the Industry webinars offer the latest intelligence and analysis on the renewable energy sector. During this session, experts will discuss renewable hydrogen’s role on the gas grid: expanding demand for renewable electricity, reducing curtailment and enhancing resilience.

28 – 29 October
“Smart Cities Forum” (by World Green Growth Summit)

The Smart Cities Forum Aims to move the largest global corporate greenhouse gas emitters to reduce emissions along value chains, improve corporate governance frameworks to articulate executive decisions. The forum will address strategies to understand how firms can be assessed along their sector based decarbonisation pathways toward a future transportation to connect communities. The Smart Cities Expo & Forum forges new relationships between buyers and suppliers with current and potential investments in green economy space.

28 October, 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM CET
“De-Carbon Day” (by Energy Community Secretariat)

The Energy Community path towards decarbonization – state of play and challenges. Review of draft recommendations from the Energy Community Study on Carbon Pricing. Presentation of project and research on the carbon border adjustment and ETS. Main outcome of the Energy Community Study on Fossil Fuel Subsidies.

28 October, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CET
“Coastal Development: Resilience, Restoration and Infrastructure Requirements” (by High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy)

This webinar will launch the blue paper on ‘Coastal Development: Resilience, Restoration and Infrastructure Requirements.’ This paper highlights the trends in coastal behaviour and identifies a range of positive policy, planning and coastal infrastructure developments that are cause for optimism. The paper illustrates what practical solutions exist that can be implemented that can allow economic and infrastructure development, without compromising the integrity and benefits of coastal ecosystems, or disadvantaging those that rely upon them. Join the paper’s authors as they discuss the implications of the paper for policy makers and showcase some of the leading examples from countries that are already putting the theory into practice.

28 October, 1:00 – 2:30 PM CET
“Launch of Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR 2030)” (by ICLEI, C40 Cities, UNDRR, Resilient Cities Network, WCCD, World Bank, UNOPS, UN Habitat, UCLG, JICA and IFRC)

MCR2030 will be a global partnership of actors with expertise in urban resilience, disaster risk reduction, climate change and the SDGs. It will provide a resilience roadmap for cities with defined commitments over time on how to improve local resilience. MCR2030 will provide a suite of tools and knowledge guidance, from existing pool with partners that cities can use to better reduce risk and build resilience. It will promote regional networks of partners with strong links and implementation experience so that cities are connected into a movement that can support implementation of resilience measures. This event is the launch of the MCR2030, with all core partners demonstrating support to this global partnership.

28 October, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CET
“From reporting to payments: Current state and trends of REDD+ reporting to the UNFCCC” (by Global Forest Observations Initiative, FAO)

This webinar will examine the current state and trends of REDD+ reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Why do countries dedicate their efforts to reporting their Forest Reference Levels to the UNFCCC? How can they continue their REDD+ reporting and further improve their data quality and robust estimates? These are some of the questions that will be addressed by the speakers during this webinar, which includes representatives of REDD+ countries, FAO, the UNFCCC and other GFOI partners.

28 October, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CET
“What is the optimal regulatory regime to connect offshore wind infrastructure to land?” (by Florence School of Regulation – FSR)

In this debate speakers focus on the most appropriate regulatory regime for the infrastructure connecting offshore wind parks to land. In particular, they will assess: (1) whether this infrastructure should be considered as a connection infrastructure for the wind farm or a network element subject to third party access obligations, or a direct line? (2) whether the regulatory treatment of this infrastructure depends on the distance of the wind park from shore or on the fact that the wind park is connected to more than one country and therefore its connection infrastructure could also be used as an interconnector between different countries…

28 October, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CET (10:00 AM EDT)
“The Nordic Energy Policy Model: Beneath the Calm” (by International Association for Energy Economics)

The Nordic power sector is typically held up as an exemplar of a deregulated yet integrated and competitive market. It is also thought to be favourably positioned to tackle the climate challenge with its flexible hydro assets that facilitate the penetration of variable renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. The Nordic countries want to lead by example to achieve carbon neutrality. Sweden has a target of net-zero CO2 emissions by 2045, and Denmark has committed to 100% renewable energy use by 2050. Nevertheless, the Nordic region is not immune from the difficulties plaguing other electricity markets. This webinar will peel back the façade and probe these thorny issues in order to distil insights to guide future energy policy in the Nordic region and elsewhere.

28 October, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CET
“Trade and Biodiversity: Sustainable guidelines for biodiversity-based value chains’ – Latin America and the Caribbean” (by ITC T4SD and UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative)

Learn about guidelines for sustainable sourcing and production of biodiversity-based value chains. Hear about examples of sustainable business models integrating biodiversity conservation and ethical trade principles from Peru. Learn how to identify sustainability standards relevant for your business through ITC’s free and online platform Sustainability Map.

28 October, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CET (10:00 AM EDT)
“The MIT Mobility Initiative” (by Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT)

Mobility and transportation are at the dawn of the most profound changes with an unprecedented combination of new technologies (autonomy, computation, and AI) meeting new and evolving priorities and objectives (decarbonization, public health, and social justice). And the timeframe for these changes – decarbonization in particular – is short in a system with massive amounts of fixed, long-life assets and entrenched behaviors and cultures. Join the event to find out about some of MIT’s key research areas: (1) Design and Optimization of Shared Transportation Platforms, (2) Perspectives on Last-Mile Logistics.

28 October, 4:00 – 5:30 PM CET
“Moving Forward: Local and Regional Governments on the Roadmap Toward Our Climate-Friendly, Resilient Future” (by Daring Cities, ICLEI)

This final high-level session of Daring Cities 2020 will provide an overview of the upcoming global milestones on the roadmap toward our climate-friendly, resilient future, focusing on the opportunities for local and regional governments to directly engage in and benefit from these processes.

28 October, 4:30 – 6:00 PM CET (8:30 AM PDT)
“Corporate Sustainability – Going far Beyond Advocacy” (by Stanford University)

As the world advances towards looming deadlines around carbon emissions reductions, what does corporate responsibility for sustainability look like? What role can, and should, global giants such as Microsoft play in moving the lever on sustainability? In a conversation with Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer, this Global Energy Dialogue session explores how industry can go far beyond social advocacy in advancing core commitments around sustainability.

28 October, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CET
“Scaling up to align development banks with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (by IDDRI)

IDDRI has prepared a study based on interviews with more than twenty public development banks, in order to analyse and to assess how and under what conditions these banks do – or do not – align their practices with the 2030 Agenda and can be catalysts for sustainable investments and transformations. In order to introduce the main messages and recommendations of this cutting-edge study, and to bring them in line with the main themes addressed by the Finance in Common Summit, IDDRI brings together a high-level panel of key players in the development banking sector.


28 October, 8:00 – 9:00 PM CET (3:00 PM EDT)
“Driving Sustainability: from Crisis to Opportunity” (by Waste Management Sustainability Forum)

A deadly global pandemic, social and economic inequality, heightened exposure of police brutality, nationwide protests, divisive political unrest, record-setting wildfires. Amongst all of the unexpected challenges that 2020 has brought us thus far, where does sustainability play a role in our lives today? Where do we go from here to rebuild sustainably and to create a more inclusive global economy?

29 October, 7:00 – 9:00 AM CET (4:00 PM Singapore Time)
“Key Technologies and Trends for the Energy Transformation for Southeast Asia” (by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA)

IRENA’s Global Renewables Outlook 2020 report, released in April, revealed that Southeast Asia could meet about 41% of all its energy needs from renewable energy by 2030. The report outlines key technologies and solutions that are needed to enable the transition, the level of investment needed, and how much it would cost. Join this session of the Singapore International Energy Week where experts will discuss key technologies that will be needed to accelerate the energy transformation. Speakers will also provide insights into what technologies, trends, and accompanying socio-econiomic effects will be in Southeast Asia.

29 October, 8:00 – 9:30 AM CET (4:00 PM Tokyo Time)
“Economic sector resilience: Opportunities for Doing More and Doing Differently” (by Asian Development Bank)

Climate risk is increasing sharply and threatening the fiscal sustainability of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. However, not all is doom and gloom yet if countries and stakeholders step up their actions in climate resilience. Evidence suggest, that when done right, efforts in climate resilience can offer positive economic and wider social and environmental benefits. The COVID-19 recovery further provides a small window of opportunity to ramp up actions in resilience – to do it more and to do it differently. The webinar will provide a venue to introduce the opportunities for achieving inclusive economic development through investments in resilience.

29 October, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CET
“Financing mechanisms for the energy sector: Ensuring a fair transition for all Member States” (by Euractiv)

Join this virtual conference to discuss how the right financing mechanisms can boost the energy transition to help the EU deliver a green and sustainable recovery for all its regions and consumers. Questions will include: How to ensure the transition does not end up costing consumers twice – rising CO2 prices and new sustainable investments? Should increasing the ambition of reaching higher climate targets imply proportionally increased funding? How to make sure that no EU region is left behind in the energy transition? How to ensure financing to replace ineffective fossil fuels while maintaining the stability of the power system? Are existing EU funding mechanisms sufficient or do we need new ones to cover any remaining investment gaps?

29 October, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CET
“Citizen Projects for E-Carsharing – Status, Implementation, Acceleration” (by Philipps-University of Marburg, ECCO and LochemEnergie)

Citizen cooperatives which implement electric carsharing projects have emerged over the past few years and networking structures for supporting cooperative e-carsharing are currently emerging. Electric carsharing is a particularly interesting topic for existing energy cooperatives because it provides an opportunity to deepen their Co2-reduction, expand their activities and contribute to sustainable and inclusive mobility. But how can such projects be organized successfully? How can network organizations and policy makers support such projects? What are common barriers? And what are the synergies with existing energy cooperatives? Register via e-mail (julian.schwabe@geo.uni-marburg.de).

29 October, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CET
“Training and re-training all along the value chain of the energy sector” (by European Heat Pump Association – EHPA)

Transformation to a neutral building stock? It’s time to upskill installers to install renewable heating and cooling systems. Join to discover four initiatives that strive for fostering new skills in the energy sector.

29 October, 11:00 – 11:45 AM CET
“Building the business case for renewable hydrogen” (by WindPower Europe)

The European Commission announced end of 2019 its goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2050. To get there, electrification is the right and cheapest way forward. Yet, some sectors are harder to decarbonise (e.g. aviation or heavy industry). This is where renewable hydrogen steps in. Hydrogen recently came under the spotlight: the European Commission is betting on renewable hydrogen to reach its decarbonisation objectives and many Members States are also releasing or drafting hydrogen strategies. The question is how are we going to deliver? During the webinar, experts will explain to you how we can scale up renewable hydrogen, the implications and opportunities for the wind sector and how to get the infrastructure right.

29 October, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CET
“Guarantees of Origin in the context of implementing the EU Renewable Energy Directive” (by RE-Source)

What does the launch of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) mean in relation to Guarantees of Origin? What are the buyer and supplier perspectives on this issue, and how do they differ? Join the debate with industry leaders to learn more.

29 October, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CET
“Productive Uses of Energy in Humanitarian Contexts: Knowledge and Solutions from and for the Field” (by ICRC, Energypedia, UNITAR and Global Plan of Action – GPA)

Today, over 130 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance due to conflict, natural disasters, and other complex global challenges. For many of these people, access to energy sources is critical for survival, and how they access it impacts their health, livelihoods, safety, and well-being. Productive uses of energy (PUE) is vital for improving the livelihood and economic opportunities of communities affected by conflict and crisis. This webinar will provide an overview of different types of PUE activities in displacement settings, followed by two case studies from Kenya and Rwanda.

29 October, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CET (8:00 AM EDT)
“How to Deal with Biodiversity-Related Financial Risks in Infrastructure Investments” (by WWF US)

The lack of consideration of biodiversity risks within lending and investment decisions for infrastructure exposes financial institutions to material financial risks. This session will explore practical ways forward on how to identify, measure, and manage biodiversity-related financial risks in the infrastructure sector. Register here.

29 October, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CET (2:00 PM Johannesburg Time)
“How to contribute climate change information to Wikipedia” (by Future Climate for Africa and Climate and Development Knowledge Network)

With more than 20 billion pageviews every month and as one of the most visited websites on the internet, Wikipedia has significantly more reach and impact than any other climate change website or knowledge portal. However, it is generally under-utilised by the climate change community. Are you interested in contributing to Wikipedia, but don’t know how? Does your institution have climate change content to share, but has never considered using Wikipedia as an outreach channel? If so, join this introductory webinar on how to contribute climate change information to Wikipedia.

29 October, 1:00 – 2:00 PM CET (6:00 PM Almaty Time)
“Energy Transition in Central Asia: Why and How?” (by Deutsch-Kasachische Universität – DKU)

During the webinar, speakers will discuss why do we have to transform our energy systems, what would be the challenges to do so, particularly in Central Asia, how could a transformation of energy supply systems be financed and what is the role and challenges in creating a united electric power market in Central Asia.

29 October, 1:00 – 3:00 PM CET (8:00 PM Singapore Time)
“Decarbonising energy systems in Southeast Asia: Long term vision and recent trends” (by Agora Energiewende)

With growing shares of ever cheaper variable renewable energy (VRE), the power sector and its flexibility have become key issues in energy planning and policy considerations in Asia. The current trend towards electrifying transport and industry also represents a unique opportunity for a clean energy transition across sectors. This roundtable of think tanks will discuss opportunities for major Southeast Asian economies to embark on a road to decarbonization of their power and wider energy systems, led by electrification.

29 October, 2:00 – 3:15 PM CET
“Aviation’s contribution to a green and sustainable recovery: The case of business aviation” (by Euractiv)

Join this virtual conference to discuss how business aviation can meet ambitious climate change goals in a challenging post-COVID environment. How can the sector reduce its environmental impact through the use of technology, infrastructure and operational improvements, alternative fuels, and market-based measures? And how can policymakers help a growing part of the aviation sector achieve these reductions quickly?

29 October, 2:30 – 3:30 PM CET (9:30 AM EDT)
“China’s Global Power Database” (by Global Development Policy Center, Boston University)

Join for the launch of the China’s Global Power Database, an interactive mapping all of China’s overseas power projects by lender, type of deal, CO2 emissions, status, technology and capacity.

29 October, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CET
“What Can We Learn from Nature to Reduce the Future Pandemics? IPBES Pandemics Report Launch” (by Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services IPBES)

How do pandemics emerge? What are the roles of land-use change & wildlife trade? What can we learn from nature? The IPBES Pandemics Report report addresses the links between the degradation of nature and increasing pandemic risks, quantifying the economic costs of pandemics as well as the costs of preventing future pandemics, and offers evidence-informed policy options for Governments and decision-makers to ‘escape the era of pandemics.’ Watch live broadcast of the event here:

29 October, 3:00 – 4:30 PM CET
“PV Recycling and End-of-life Processing” (by International Solar Energy Society – ISES)

With more and more PV modules reaching the end of their life-span, end-of-life processes and recycling is becoming an ever more relevant topic. With this webinar, ISES is happy to welcome experts from research and industry focusing on different opportunities surrounding the end-of-life of PV modules and the webinar will cover a legal overview of PV recycling around the world, opportunities for the re-use of modules, recycling of modules as well as present a manufacturers perspective on the topic.

29 October, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CET
“Nature & Agriculture: Pathways to Finance and Scale Nature-Based Solutions” (by FAO)

Nature plays a key role in addressing adaptation challenges. Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) in conservation agriculture can provide healthy ecosystems that yield multiple benefits. FAO and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are moving beyond research to address the potential for higher rate of adoption of agriculture- and nature-based solutions (Ag-NbS) through the development of financing at scale, from source water protection to soil health, carbon mitigation, water quality improvement, wetland protections, and fisheries and biodiversity benefits…

29 October, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CET (12:00 PM EDT)
“The Future of Energy Storage” (by Resources for the Future – RFF)

Addressing climate change—particularly at reasonable cost—will require advancements in a range of energy-related technologies. The Advanced Energy Technologies Series accompanies the work RFF researchers are undertaking to understand and examine the cost trajectories and future deployment potential of these technologies. Join for a discussion on the future of energy storage, which many experts look to as a critical complement to intermittent energy sources like solar and wind.

29 October, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CET (12:00 PM EDT)
“Urban Water Resilience: Change through Storytelling” (by World Resources Institute – WRI)

As a part of UrbanFest 2020, experts from WRI’s Urban Water Resilience Initiative and media professionals will engage in a conversation about priority urban water challenges and the critical role that journalism plays in advancing change. City leaders in Africa face converging challenges: extending water and sanitation services for growing populations, managing watershed risks largely outside city jurisdiction, and designing for climate resilience. They are challenged to build urban water resilience, where communities have the safe, reliable, and affordable water they need to survive and thrive through sustainable, adaptive, and resilient urban water systems…

30 October, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM CET
“Accelerating the energy transition: optimised power grids for a clean and green future” (by CurrENT)

This event is a part of webinar series focusing on the role of optimised power networks for delivering the Green Deal. It takes place the day after the Infrastructure Forum of the European Union and will put infrastructure into perspective of electrification, innovation, (COVID) constrained budgets, and the need to accelerate the uptake of renewables and the implementation of Europe’s Green Deal.

30 October, 1:00 – 1:30 PM CET
“Applying Behavioral Insights for Cost-effective Energy Efficiency Interventions” (by Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency)

Recent developments of behavioural sciences offer valuable insights on human thinking and choices. They indicate the existence of many common human biases; the context and considerations other than personal utility maximization often affect human decisions. Governments around the world are integrating these findings into the designing of their policies and measures. The advantage of gentle nudging for scaling up energy efficiency actions is its low cost and high effectiveness. This webinar will present how to apply behavioural insights to close the energy efficiency gap in municipalities. Register here.

30 October, 2:00 – 3:15 PM CET
“New Forms of Leadership for the Future we Want” (by University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability LeadershipCISL)

The 21st Century will be shaped by system shocks such as Covid-19 and climate change. How can leaders improve decision-making for both the short term and long term in a time of crisis? What thought processes and principles will underpin leadership decision making to enable the future we want? Register here.

30 October, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CET
“Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Cities: People, Nature & Justice – Practical examples from the Global South” (by International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN, Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation – FEBA, PlanAdapt and Green-Gray Infrastructure Community of Practice)

Ecosystem services (supporting, provisioning, regulating and cultural) are central to human existence, yet they are increasingly threatened by human actions in the water, on the ground and in the air. Climate change now increases the pressures on these cornerstones of life, especially in densely populated human settlements where the natural environment is non-existent or highly degraded: cities. So how can we protect, restore and fund nature in cities while responding to the negative impacts of climate change?

30 October, 6:30 – 7:50 PM CET (10:30 AM PST)
“The Past, Present and Future of Energy Justice” (by UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute)

This talk gives an overview of the past, present and future of energy justice research; a state-of-the-art whistle stop tour that both reviews the literature and uses those insights to suggest novel recommendations with the ability to enhance the impact of energy justice research.