Week of 23rd – 29th November 2020

The future of emissions. Leadership for a sustainable future. Agriculture, food security and climate. Financing models of municipal waste management. How solar energy became cheap: a model for low-carbon innovation. Electrification in the energy transition: towards net-zero emissions by 2050. Socio-economic benefits of renewables. Community-based action for just transitions. Find out about these and more online events of the week!

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23 – 27 November
“UN Climate Change Dialogues 2020 (Climate Dialogues)” (by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate ChangeUNFCCC)

Due to the current health and safety measures put in place worldwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, COP 26 and subsidiary body sessions have been postponed to 2021. The objective of the Climate Dialogues (23 November – 4 December) is to provide a platform for Parties and other stakeholders to showcase progress made in 2020 and exchange views and ideas across the subsidiary bodies and COP agendas mandated for 2020. Check the schedule of official meetings, and the special events schedule for updates and registration links.

23 – 27 November
“Sustainable Energy Week” (by UNECE)

This year’s Sustainable Energy Week unites the 29th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy and the 16th session of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems in their quest to pursue carbon neutrality to advance the ongoing energy transition. Featuring a high-level round table on carbon capture, utilization and storage and a subregional workshop on carbon neutrality. View the full programme here and register online here.

23 – 24 November
“Aviation Green Recovery Seminar” (by International Civil Aviation Organization – ICAO)

This online seminar offers a holistic view of the potential opportunities for aviation to take concrete measures to reduce its emissions footprint, as it seeks to “build back better”. Speakers will highlight the ongoing work by ICAO and the aviation community towards green recovery, showcasing the concrete measures in place to promote an open and inclusive environmentally sustainable future, and will provide a forum for discussion on how the green aviation future can be shaped. In light of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement objectives, the Seminar will: stress the need for climate action by aviation; showcase inspiring solutions for aviation’s deep decarbonisation by States and industry; discuss the policies and measures that need to be in place within and outside aviation to support the sector’s decarbonization path. 

23 November, 8:30 – 10:00 AM CET
“Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good: Net Zero Agriculture: Aligning Banking Portfolios to 1.5 degrees” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development – WBCSD and Wageningen University)

This online session will bring together experts and representatives from banks, corporates, government, and academia to present and discuss emission accounting and target setting challenges and what are current cutting-edge approaches relevant to the food and agriculture sector. They will debate with stakeholders around key questions such as: What are key barriers and levers for banks and financial institutions to align their portfolio’s to net zero or other climate scenarios in agriculture?

23 November, 10:00 – 11:00 AM or 4:00 – 5:00 PM CET
“Decarbonization through biological resources” (by World Business Council for Sustainable Development – WBCSD and Forest Solutions Group)

An economic model based on the consumption of biological resources for the production of food and feed, products and energy is gaining momentum as a way to deliver society’s needs while responding to environmental challenge. In a circular bioeconomy, these biological resources are renewable, sustainably managed, recovered and reused as much as possible. Join this session to learn about the markets that present the strongest potential growth through the substitution of fossil-based materials with biological resources.

23 November, 1:15 – 3:00 PM CET
“Stepping up EU climate ambition for the EU emissions trading scheme” (by Oeko-Institut, Fraunhofer ISI and DIW Berlin)

The aim of the webinar is to discuss the implications of a more ambitious EU climate target for the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS). What would be a reasonable contribution of EU ETS to a higher target? When and how can the new target be implemented in EU ETS? What are the implications of including additional sectors into the EU ETS?

23 November, 2:00 – 6:00 PM CET
“Building and renovation solutions to meet 21st Century climate change, affordability, energy and sustainability criteria” (by UNECE and FAO)

The main purpose of this event is to grow the awareness and raise the profile of forest-based products as they relate to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Although its core will be to some extent construction-related, reflecting the current prevalent use of wood in construction, building with wood will by no means be the only theme. Other innovative applications will also be identified. Thus the event should also attract a wide array of professionals including: citizens, planners, legislators, wholesalers, retailers, academics, researchers, building owners and developers; architects and engineers; developers; estimators; quantity surveyors; valuers; housing associations; banks; investors; insurers; building contractors; regulatory bodies and the forest-based industries (firms and associations).

23 November, 2:30 – 4:00 PM CET
“The European Climate Law: Fit for Purpose?” (by Florence School of Regulation – FSR and Energy Community)

On 4 March 2020, as part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a European Climate Law as part of the European Green Deal strategy in an effort to strengthen measures toward reaching climate neutrality in the EU by 2050. An amended version of the proposal was issued on 17 September 2020. These new measures would have significant repercussions for EU targets and policies across the field as well as ramp up political pressure on Member States to develop more ambitious national targets. What does this newly adopted proposal involve? What are the main controversies surrounding it? Are the proposed legal tools appropriate? Is the proposed law fit for purpose? With non-binding national targets for 2030 and in a deeply unstable economic climate, is such an escalation of efforts feasible?

23 November, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CET
“Insights from Long-Term Energy Scenarios” (by International Association for Energy Economics – IAEE)

Energy scenarios are developed by universities, international organizations, think tanks, energy companies, as well as consultancies. Despite their differences, most scenarios are not optimistic about the world meeting the Paris Agreement targets. This webinar will provide new insights into long-term scenario planning and will ask such questions as: Are we now more (or less) likely to achieve ambitious climate targets than we were before Covid19? Importantly, the speakers will discuss whether a 100% renewable energy system is technologically and economically feasible and who has expected a Black Swan event, such as the coronavirus crisis.

23 November, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CET
“How Solar Energy Became Cheap: A Model for Low-Carbon Innovation” (by Graduate Institute Geneva)

According to the World Energy Outlook 2020 published last month, solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity in history. But how did solar become so cheap? Why did it take so long? And which lessons can we draw to accelerate innovation in other low-carbon technologies? In this event, you will hear a discussion about the reasons behind the cost declines of solar energy and hear review of the historical evolution of the institutional context in which solar has developed from the full supply chain of the industry – from sourcing silicon, the primary input material, to the activities of people installing panels on roofs – to the motivations behind adoption behavior.

23 November, 5:00 – 7:00 PM CET
“Circular economy: one of the solutions to the current climate and environmental crises?” (by DiXi Group and Kyiv School of Energy Policy)

We live in a world where only 9% of all the resources put into the economy are reused. Everything else gets disposed as the traditional linear economic model suggests: take – make – through away. Can this be changed through more circularity of products, materials and resources? Can circular economy also help in solving the current climate and environmental crises? The webinar is organised for civil society organisations and activists from Eastern Partnership countries (Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova and Azerbaijan).

24 – 26 November
“2020 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum” (by OECD)

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities of our socioeconomic systems globally and exposed the risks that unsustainable business practices and personal behaviour pose on human health and on our economies and societies. How to build resilience and sustainability in the recovery phase of this pandemic is becoming an overwhelmingly important topic for policymakers. In this context, under the overarching theme of “Securing natural capital: Resilience, risk management and COVID-19”, the Forum this year will address the risks posed by unmitigated biodiversity loss and natural capital depletion for the resilience and sustainability of our economies and societies, and discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is re-shaping the policy responses to cope with these issues. Register here.

24 November, 9:00 – 10:30 AM, 2:00 – 3:30 PM and 4:00 – 5:30 PM CET
“Data and research on human mobility in the context of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation: Where are we and what comes next?” (by Data Knowlege Working Group of the Platform on Disaster Displacement)

During the event, members of the Advisory Committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement will present their work related to data and knowledge on human mobility in the context of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation. It will give the opportunity to take stock of progress and achievements, facilitate knowledge exchange, and continue promoting the work around data and knowledge, and to discuss continuing gaps and challenges.

24 November, 10:00 – 10:30 AM CET
“Socio-economic benefits of renewables: Job creation” (by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA)

Supported by ambitious policies, the energy transition can go hand-in-hand with a range of socio-economic benefits. One of these is job creation, which is a critical objective for people and policymakers in countries around the world. IRENA recently-released the 2020 edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review, the seventh report in the series. This report updates findings from earlier editions, offering estimates for renewable energy employment around the world in 2019. It highlights trends for major renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar PV, hydropower, and biomass, offers insights for selected countries and relates these to various factors that influence employment generation, including policy initiatives and market dynamics. The webinar highlights key findings.

24 November, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CET
“Making long-term low GHG emissions development strategies a reality: A guide to policy makers on how to develop a Long-Term Strategy for submission and future revision cycles” (by NewClimate Institute and GIZ)

This webinar serves to present and discuss guidance for the development of long-term low GHG emission development strategies, in the context of economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We will present and discuss the key messages of the guidance paper “Making long-term low GHG emissions development strategies a reality” and reflect on different country perspectives in this context. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic policy makers and practitioners face additional challenges of elaborating long-term strategies in lock-down circumstances. The need to adequately consider and synergize long-term climate mitigation action with economic and social recovery from the consequences of the corona pandemic present both challenges and opportunities.

24 November, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CET
“Financing models of municipal waste management and economics of bio waste stream” (by Florence School of RegulationFSR and Waste Area)

In a context where the municipal waste sector faces long-lasting structural issues, such as fragmented, small-sized, and mostly local markets unlikely to generate sufficient financial resources to face massive investment needs, it seems crucial to analyse the different financing models of municipal waste and assess their level of cost recovery across EU countries. In a context where important investment will have to be made to reach increasingly challenging recycling objectives and pave the way for a circular economy, it also seems key to examine the economics of separately collected bio-waste stream.

24 November, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CET
“A Global Call to Action on Food Loss and Waste” (by World Resources Institute – WRI)

Around a third of all food is lost or wasted between the farm and plate, resulting in approximately 8% of annual greenhouse gas emissions. In September, Champions 12.3 – the coalition of executives committed to helping the world achieve a 50% reduction in food loss and waste by 2030 – issued a three-point call to action in order to achieve this aim. This webinar will dive into the call to action and, in particular, its focus on connecting food loss and waste reduction with climate mitigation strategies. Attendees will hear about (1) the scope of food loss and waste worldwide, (2) what actions countries should be focused on, and (3) what actions companies can take. This event is a pre-session to the UN Food Systems Summit, scheduled for next year.

24 November, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM CET
“How are Green Climate Fund projects developed and prioritised?” (by E Co.)

In session E Co. team will be bringing you our consultant analysis on the latest updates of the world’s largest climate fund – the Green Climate Fund (GCF). You will hear about key issues and takeaways emerging from the virtual GCF Private Investment for Climate conference (GPIC2020) in October, as well as about the findings from E Co’s recently published GCF insight report, ‘How are Green Climate Fund projects developed and prioritised?’, exploring the latest stakeholder approaches and experiences in developing and prioritising climate finance and GCF project pipelines.

24 November, 1:00 – 4:00 PM CET
“Ministerial Forum: Securing Africa’s Energy Future in the Wake of Covid-19” (by African Union Commission, International Energy Agency – IEA and Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, South Africa)

A revitalised energy sector is essential to Africa’s economic transformation. The Ministerial Forum on Powering Africa’s Energy Future will bring together a diverse mix of high-level stakeholders from government, industry and other international organizations to discuss implementation priority actions to ensure Africa’s energy sector is best positioned to contribute effectively to driving economic growth and transformation in the wake of Covid-19.

24 November, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CET
“How big is the emission problem of Plug-in hybrid vehicles? New report launch” (by Transport & Environment)

Plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) sales are skyrocketing in Europe with half a million expected to be sold this year alone. Carmakers need to sell low emission vehicles to comply with the 2020/21 EU Car CO2 standards which took effect in January 2020. But are these cars as low emission in the real world as in carmaker test labs? Or are PHEVs high emitting vehicles that carmakers sell as a compliance trick to meet the CO2 targets?

24 November, 5:00 – 6:00 PM CET
“Community-based Action for Just Transitions” (by United Nations Research Institute for Social Development – UNRISD)

Local movements and community organizations are key players in the transition to low-carbon societies. A growing number of frontline groups is mobilizing just transition language and framings to support their fight against racial, gender and social injustices within their communities. This online session will bring together researchers and grassroots activists to discuss the role of community-based efforts in promoting and implementing just transitions and bringing about transformative change at the national and international levels.

24 November, 5:00 – 7:00 PM CET
“Towards just transitions to low-carbon mobility” (by Oxford Energy Network)

The need to rapidly move away from fossil fuels in transport is now commonly accepted, and myriad initiatives by governments, the private and third sectors and citizens to transition to low-carbon mobility are now underway across the globe. One outcome of this is the rapid expansion of electric mobility. It seems, however, that in the rush to transition to low-carbon mobility the emphasis is usually on questions of efficiency, cost-effectiveness and speed of change. Concerns over justice are at best of secondary importance and, when considered, the focus tends to be equity or distributional justice. In this webinar, you will discover a framework for thinking about justice in mobility transitions that builds on earlier work on energy, transport and mobility justice.

25 November, 10:00 – 11:00 AM CET
“Coastal zone management of flood water agriculture” (by FAO)

Rapid urbanization requires very large water storages to supply water to growing cities for food and agriculture production and drinking water purposes. Coastal reservoir is an innovative concept of storing flood water from a river system before entering the sea. It is a paradigm shift in water resource management where water is stored downstream of the river, preferably near the river-sea confluence, rather than the conventional method of storing water in upstream dams. This technique is used in many parts of the world to buffer from climate change, capture coastal flood waters, and offers an attractive adaptation solution for coastal agriculture production and for urban agriculture…

25 November, 10:00 – 11:00 AM or 4:00 – 5:00 PM CET
“Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Roadmap Towards COP26” (by ICLEI)

Head of ICLEI Global Advocacy orients local governments on the important issues of multilevel governance and where we are in the global climate negotiations. ICLEI acts as the focal point of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency.

25 November, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CET
“Advancing EV Charging in India with Interoperability” (by Council on Energy, Environment and Water – CEEW)

India’s electric vehicle charging ecosystem is extremely fragmented. The need for multiple apps and access cards makes it inconvenient for EV users to charge at public charging stations. Charging providers are hesitant to invest in public charging as utilisation remains low. Interoperability to that effect is both a means and an end in India’s ambitious mobility transition. This webinar will discuss how interoperability could be used to advance India’s EV charging ecosystem. Speakers will share insights from the CEEW-eDRV joint project on interoperability and invite inputs from EV leaders on some of the key questions surrounding interoperability.

25 November, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CET (2:00 PM UAE time)
“MENA’s Emerging Green Debt Market” (by Clean Energy Business Council – CEBC, Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association)

The global green debt market has over the past five years grown from virtually nothing into a broad sustainability-linked fixed income asset class, tackling some of the world’s most pressing climate and sustainability-related challenges. Indeed, the same applies to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where the green debt market is steadily growing. Green debt products in the MENA amount to over $9.7bn with the private sector, and especially the banking sector, taking the lead. However, public issuances are gaining momentum…

25 November, 2:00 – 3:15 PM CET
“Leadership for a sustainable future” (by CMS and The Scotsman)

There are many examples in Scotland across the public, private and third sectors of organisations making real progress on the sustainability agenda. Their leaders are typically individuals who recognise that contributing to a sustainable future is not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do – leading in a way that benefits society and the environment, while also delivering clear business benefit. This webinar will hear from inspirational leaders and expert thinkers about the journey to a sustainable future and the vital role of leadership in securing this.

25 November, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CET
“Enhancing the sustainability of humanitarian action” (by UNEP and UN OCHA)

The COVID-19 pandemic has only been the latest, very powerful wake-up call on the links between environment and emergencies. Disasters, crises and the environment are intrinsically interconnected. Therefore, a key element of emergency response is the rapid identification and mitigation of environmental risks. Join this session of the “Environment and Emergencies in the face of COVID-19” webinar series on readiness for and response to the environmental dimensions of emergencies, with a special focus on managing these challenges in the face of COVID-19.

25 November, 3:00 – 3:45 PM CET
“The Role of Low-Carbon Electricity to reach Paris Goals” (by International Energy Agency – IEA)

Join IEA Speaker Series with Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, EDF.

25 November, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CET
“Electrification in the energy transition: towards net-zero emissions by 2050” (by Leonardo Energy and Regulatory Assistance Project – RAP)

The European Green Deal envisions a carbon neutral Europe by 2050. Electrification is a powerful tool that can help catapult Europe’s energy transition forward. Accelerated changes are needed in the power, buildings and transport sectors, but they will fail to emerge without robust policies closely aligned with the decarbonisation goal. Join speakers who will delve into the role that electrification plays in different scenarios for meeting Europe’s climate goals.

25 November, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CET
“Progressive revenue recycling of carbon taxes can alleviate poverty while avoiding dangerous climate change” (by RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment)

Existing estimates of optimal climate policy ignore the possibility that the revenues from a carbon tax could be used in a progressive way; as a result, these models imply that near-term climate action must come at some cost to the poor. This storyline reverses when progressive revenue recycling is taken into account. An equal per capita refund of carbon tax revenues implies that a 2°C target can pay large and immediate dividends for improving wellbeing, reducing inequality, and alleviating poverty…

25 November, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CET
“The future of emissions” (by The Economist)

A rising number of energy companies have pledged to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. It was always going to be difficult for companies to meet ambitious carbon targets and satisfy investors. The damage wrought by covid-19 has intensified the challenge. How can companies lower emissions while delivering reliable returns? How are companies reducing the carbon footprint of their existing business and expanding to new areas?

25 November, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CET
“The 50 trillion dollar question” (by The Economist)

The goal of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) impact alongside financial returns is becoming the new default for investors. Today, the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investing represents more assets than it ever has. Sustainable finance will underpin the world’s ability to meet the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. It is also key to international development, as emerging markets race against time to transition to low-carbon and climate resilient economies. For now though, sustainable investments tend to be skewed to the West. The irony is that if impact is the bottom line, then emerging markets – where the impact of every dollar is disproportionately greater – should be top of mind. There is a growing imperative to transfer a portion of the estimated 50 trillion dollars under asset management into sustainable projects in emerging markets, if we are to make an impact on decarbonising.

25 November, 3:00 – 4:15 PM CET
“Food systems of the poor: shaping the agenda for the Food Systems Summit” (by International Institute for Environment and Development – IIED)

The world is producing more food than ever, but hunger and malnutrition persist, and production methods are harming our natural environment. A better food system is needed, but we need to ensure that it works for consumers in low-income countries. In the lead up to the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021, this event will ask how food systems transformation can be relevant for people living in poverty.

25 November, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CET
“Carbon Border Adjustment Public Consultations Summary” (by European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition – ERCST)

As part of the European Green Deal, implementation of a BCA is once again being considered as a measure to address competitiveness concerns within the EU. According to the roadmap for the European Green Deal, and European Council conclusions from July, a proposal for a BCA for “selected sectors” will be released in 2021 and should be introduced by the end of 2022. This session will focus on stakeholders’ submissions to the European Commission’s Public Consultations, which took place in October. The ERCST will present an overview of the initial summary of stakeholder positions followed by a roundtable discussion.

25 November, 3:00 – 5:45 PM CET (9:00 AM EST)
“Wildfire management, emissions and NDCs in the dry tropics” (by CIFOR-ICRAF and USAID)

In this webinar speakers will present several examples of how Integrated Fire Management that use Prescribed Burning in the dry tropics (Cerrado, Miombo, Savannas) have successfully reduced fire emissions. They will link these practices to mitigation potentials and their connection with NDCs, and analise the enabling factors that allow emission abatement programs to thrive on the long-term.

26 – 27 November
“FSR Climate Annual Conference 2020” (by Florence School of RegulationFSR)

The conference will cover the main climate-related existing policies, at EU, national and sub-national levels and will include sessions on Energy efficiency, Renewable policies, Environmental taxation, and Emissions trading.

26 November, 10:00 – 11:30 AM CET
“Addressing peripheral areas in sustainable urban mobility planning” (by CIVITAS Initiative and ICLEI Europe)

As European cities grow, their peripheral neighbourhoods today show a high demand for mobility, for example from daily commuters travelling into city centers. However, these neighbourhoods at the outskirts of urban centres have remained largely unaddressed in terms of dealing with this growing demand for passenger and freight traffic. This webinar will address these questions by presenting lessons learned from the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project. In the project, five European cities have designed and implemented sustainable urban mobility measures that address the specific challenges of sustainable suburban mobility in growing urban areas.

26 November, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CET
“Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing Nationally Determined Contributions in Africa” (by Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance)

African countries face multiple challenges, notably limited financial resources, institutional capacities and more recently the socioeconomic shocks of COVID-19. How do these and others affect countries’ abilities to honour their NDC pledges. PACJA will convene leading voices from the government and civil society to consider this question and more, during a digital panel discussion. The event will also feature a presentation of PACJA’s newly developed tool for tracking NDC implementation in Africa.

26 November, 1:30 – 6:00 PM CET
“DIGITOPIA: Where electricity meets data” (by Eurelectric)

The digital transformation of the energy sector is in full swing and the synergy between the digital and energy transitions is stronger than ever. While artificial intelligence can boost human intelligence in various areas of life, Eurelectric and our Beyond Digital Platform set out to develop and discuss the future of AI in the power sector. During the event, an exclusive AI Insights paper: “Where electricity meets data” will be launched. It will explain: How is AI currently used in the electricity sector? What is the future potential of this game-changing technology? What are the main risks and challenges? Speakers will also explore how decarbonisation can be accelerated through using AI and digitalisation. At the core of the discussions will be, “greening the grid” and delivering renewable energy, customer empowerment, data access and quality.

26 November, 2:00 – 3:30 PM CET
“The European Food System: The transition towards sustainability and climate mitigation” (by Euractiv)

Join this virtual conference to discuss how the European food system can be changed, taking account of European resources, resilience, production, consumption, consumer choices and geographical balance. And how can this best be achieved sustainably, minimising the effects of climate change?

26 November, 3:30 – 5:00 PM CET
“WorldGBC Health and Wellbeing Framework – European launch” (by World Green Building Council)

Green Building Councils across the Europe Regional Network promote health and wellbeing as an integral component of a green, sustainable built environment. Eight members are leading the groundbreaking LIFE Level(s) project which will help mainstream consideration of indoor air quality as well as life cycle assessment. The Europe Regional Network and the LIFE Level(s) project will be jointly hosting this virtual event that will highlight the ongoing efforts among the regional stakeholders in promoting the health and wellbeing agenda as a key driver to sustainability and climate actions.

26 November, 4:00 – 5:00 PM CET
“Business Models & Operating Frameworks for Payment Technology and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS)” (by Reuters Events, City of Hamburg, Moovit, Transport for Greater Manchester and World Business Council for Sustainable Development – WBCSD)

Aligning stakeholder goals to enable and deliver sustainable and equitable mobility solutions is a continual challenge for European cities. Join to discuss business models, investments, data and policy frameworks for delivering sustainable and equitable mobility solutions in cities.

27 November, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 2:00 – 4:30 PM CET
“Agriculture, food security and climate” (by FACCE-JPI)

Europe needs to rethink its own food system in the global context. There is a need for transnational solidarity, research programming and investment to build a European Research Area that includes all of Europe, to ensure solutions for European society’s sustainable future. Thus, the event will give a platform for discussion with the wider public, a specific forum for researchers and additional fora for policy makers.

27 November, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CET
“Why inclusion matters for a green post-COVID recovery” (by International Institute for Environment and Development – IIED)

The full extent of the suffering caused by COVID-19 is still emerging, but poor communities, small and informal businesses, and marginalised communities are bearing the brunt of the crisis. For a green and inclusive recovery after COVID-19, broad and deep social support is required. Bringing small enterprises, low income groups and marginalised communities into the investment and policy making process is not merely a ‘nice to have’, it is key in the transition to green and inclusive economies. This event will hear how citizen-led dialogues can generate more effective policy and accelerate the green recovery.

27 November, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CET
“Governance of Nature-Based Approaches to Carbon Dioxide Removal” (by Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative – C2G)

This topic aims to present a detailed overview of ‘nature-based solutions’ (NBS) to large-scale Carbon Dioxide Removal to audience interested in understanding the basic principles, as well as the benefits and risks associated with this suite of approaches to CDR and the underlying governance issues associated with it. It seeks to answer the following questions: What are these nature-based approaches to large-scale CDR and what role could they play in managing climate risk? What do we know about the potential risks and benefits associated with these approaches? What do we know about the readiness, potential cost and sustainability of NBS? What are some of the governance considerations around NBS?

27 November, 3:00 – 5:00 PM CET
“Comprehensive solutions to Energy Poverty” (by Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency)

A sustainable solution in energy poverty now and the future is quality housing coupled with green financing. This webinar features different expert viewpoints from sustainable architecture, banking and social inclusion, focusing on SMARTER Finance for Families Initiative’s actions in hybrid funding, setting up a municipal platform, financial products and case studies.