Week of 13 – 19th September 2021

Finance, insurance and sustainable cooling. Nature, climate and health leadership for a healthy and green recovery. Climate resilience through collaboration across scales. Electricity markets in times of (climate) change. Communities shaping sustainability. World Circular Economy Forum. Nature-based solutions and food. Predicting Arctic sea ice from seasonal to multi-decadal timescales. Discover these and more online events of the week!

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Biodiversity & Environment

16 September, 13:00 – 14:00 CEST
“Involving Stakeholders in Co-creation of Ecosystem Services Research” by European Marine Board

The webinar “Involving Stakeholders in Co-creation of Ecosystem Services Research” will build on the science presented in EMB’s Future Science Brief 5 on ‘Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services’ and Position Paper 24 ‘Navigating the Future V’, and will include presentations and a discussion with Professor Linwood Pendleton and Dr Tara Hooper. Register here.

Climate Science, Policy & COP26

15 – 17 September
“Climate Chance Summit Africa 2021” by Climate Chance Africa

Join 3 days of sessions on key themes and sectors of climate action including access to climate finance, sustainable mobility and transport, adaptation and water, women in climate action, the Great Green Wall and more. The sessions are open to all.

15 September, 10:00 – 11:00 and 16:00 – 17:00 CEST
Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Roadmap Towards COP26″ by ICLEI

Yunus Arikan, ICLEI’s Global Advocacy Director, orients local and regional governments on the agenda and processes of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), held in November 2021 in Glasgow, as well as on issues of multilevel governance and progresses in the global climate negotiations. ICLEI acts as the focal point of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency. Register here (10:00 session) or here (16:00 session).

15 September, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST
“Nature, climate and health leadership for a healthy and green recovery: Catalysing an intergenerational response” by World Health Organisation

How can we contribute to aligning the climate and biodiversity agendas in the lead up to COP 26? How can we ensure nature-based solutions also embed support youth engagement, health leadership and the principles of social equity and justice? How do we catalyse cross-sectoral, intergenerational and transboundary leadership to maximize the potential of nature-based solutions while supporting a healthy, green and just recovery? Register here.

15 September, 16:30 – 17:30 CEST
“Predicting Arctic sea ice from seasonal to multi-decadal timescales” by CMCC Foundation

During the last forty years, Arctic sea ice cover has declined dramatically due in large part to anthropogenic forcing. Climate models project continued ice loss for the future with instances of September ice-free summers likely by the mid-21st century. As a consequence of the changing sea ice, and increased Arctic marine access, there has been growing interest in predicting sea ice conditions on seasonal and longer timescales. Join the webinar to hear about the factors that provide predictability of Arctic sea ice conditions on seasonal to multi-decadal timescales. This includes the role of long-lived ice thickness and ocean heat content anomalies as sources of ice area predictability and how that predictability differs across seasons. Find out how initial value predictability characteristics that are important for seasonal forecasts are likely to change in a warming climate. Register here.

16 September, 16:00 – 17:30 CEST
“Climate Resilience through Collaboration Across Scales” by International Institute for Sustainable Development – IISD, National Adaptation Plan Global Network and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – OECD

Joint the webinar on vertical integration for locally-led action on climate resilience. This event aims to facilitate exchanges on valuable lessons learnt from the collaboration across layers of governance and with non-state stakeholders in the design, development and implementation of NAPs and sector-specific development plans that focus on climate resilience. Register here.

Renewables & Energy Transition

13 September, 9:00 – 11:15 CEST
“Palm Oil-based Biofuels Policy and Socio-Environmental Impacts in Asia” by Solutions for Our Climate

In this Webinar, civil society representatives from South Korea, Indonesia, Japan and the European Union will share their insights into the state of palm oil-based biofuels sourcing, production and consumption policy. Speakers will further the discussion on biofuels in the following three sub-themes: 1) biofuels supply chain impacts and investment risks in Asia, 2) recent policy trend and suggestion and 3) lessons from local and advocacy experiences. Register here.

13 September, 10:00 – 11:00 CEST
“Finance, Insurance and Sustainable Cooling – Cooling for COP26 series” by Oxford Martin School

Cooling is necessary for the quality of life of billions of people living across countries, whether in hot climates or in regions that are traditionally unprepared for ever more frequent heatwaves due to climate change. The energy needed for air conditioning is likely to triple by 2050, with an equivalent of ten new air conditioning units projected to be sold every second for the next 30 years. This huge demand has the potential to drive up greenhouse gas emissions and exacerbate the very problem it is designed to alleviate. The Future of Cooling Programme’s vision is to understand and shape worldwide cooling solutions which place planetary stewardship and protecting people’s needs at their heart…

13 September, 11:00 – 12:00 CEST
“Initiative for coal regions in transition: Enabling participation in multi-stakeholder consultations” by ICLEI Europe

Building on the tools presented in the first two webinars and according to the specific needs identified by participants, the third webinar will focus on participatory methods to enhance larger-scale public events, engaging multiple stakeholders in coal regions.

13 September, 11:00 – 12:30 CEST
“Scaling up biomethane on the pathway to a net-zero future” by World Bioenergy Association

Biomethane is among a leading range of low carbon solutions which needs an accelerated scale up to match these ambitions. In this context, this webinar aims to showcase the latest global developments and best practices in the field of biomethane, covering new market trends, innovative polices and technology advances. Speakers include representatives from International Energy Agency, European Biogas Association, Nature Energy, Indian Biogas Association, etc. Register here.

14 September, 9:00 – 17:00 CEST
“Look what the neighbours are doing! Communities shaping sustainability” by NTNU – SMARTEES Consortium

SMARTEES – Social Innovation Modelling Approaches to Realizing Transition to Energy Efficiency and Sustainability – supports the energy transition and policy design by developing policy pathways that foster citizen inclusion. SMARTEES examines five types of energy- and mobility-related local social innovation in cities and islands across Europe. The results stemming from years of research and implementation in the project will be explored in the final conference. Check event programme here and register here.

14 September, 11:00 – 14:15 CEST
“Digitalisation and decentralisation: How to unleash the full potential of this synergy?” by International Energy Agency – IEA

Join the meeting on the role of digitalisation in the integration of distributed energy resources to enhance efficiency of energy systems and support decarbonisation. The meeting will provide insights from a number of ongoing initiatives and projects including the IEA’s Digital Demand Driven Electricity Networks (3DEN) initiative and the European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) Smart Networks for Energy Transition (SNET) and will also feature a discussion with 7 IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes. The discussion will focus on the challenges and actions needed to unlock potentials and facilitate new business models and investments, as well as on the policy or regulatory changes needed to accelerate progress. Ultimately, the discussion aims to stimulate ideas for further collaboration between ongoing initiatives and programmes. Register here.

14 September, 14:00 – 15:00 CEST
“Hydrogen and Carbon Capture: Will they save the natural gas industry?” by Upstream

As the pressure to cut carbon emissions intensifies, hydrogen is increasingly being advanced as a potential alternative to hydrocarbon-based infrastructure. Blue hydrogen — which is produced from natural gas along with a capture and storage solution for the associated carbon — must overcome many hurdles if it is to become more than a niche fuel. But the fact that it is drawing investments from several traditional oil and gas companies bodes well for the fuel.

14 September, 19:00 – 20:00 CEST
“How SMART-E Loans Can Make Residential Energy Upgrades More Accessible” by Clean Energy States Alliance – CESA

SMART-E is an unsecured, low-interest personal loan product for residential energy upgrades that has been successfully run in the United States (Connecticut and Michigan) since 2009. It makes clean energy home improvements more accessible to homeowners, including low-income and credit-challenged borrowers, via networks of local lenders. With the help of an online workflow platform designed to streamline the application process, SMART-E is being deployed in an increasing number of states across the country. On this webinar, Madeline Priest, a Senior Manager at Inclusive Prosperity Capital, and Neda Arabshahi, Director of the Inclusive Center for Resiliency and Clean Energy, will share more about the SMART-E loan product and how it can be employed to make energy upgrades more accessible in your jurisdiction. Register here.

14 – 15 September
“SPARK: Energy Re-Imagined” by Terrapinn

The way we produce and consume energy is changing fast. Governments around the world have pledged to meet emissions targets within the next two decades. This will require mass uptake of renewable energy sources and the decarbonisation of buildings, vehicles, and heavy industry. New business models, technologies, funding mechanisms, and regulatory incentives will be key to achieving a sustainable future. SPARK will bring you 2 days of virtual panels covering the key themes of the energy transition: Green recovery, COP 26, and energy policy | Finance and investment | Renewable energy | Flexible grids | Digital innovation | Energy management | Electric vehicles infrastructure | Nuclear power | Green gas | Decarbonising buildings. This is the online meeting place for the whole energy community to do business, make new partnerships and create the future.

15 September, 14:00 – 15:30 CEST
“Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform for Green Recovery and Greater Climate Ambition” by Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform – FFFSR and International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies InitiativeIISD-GSI

Fossil fuel subsidy reform is a necessary prerequisite to green recovery and a key tool for increasing ambition and motivating clean energy transition. This virtual event will highlight the critical role that fossil fuel subsidy reform plays in these pathways. During this session, IISD-GSI researchers will present recent modelling results that show how much greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by consumer fossil fuel subsidy reform, and how much money countries can save at the same time. Speakers will also share guidance for achieving a fossil-free recovery as well as government and civil society perspectives on green recovery. Register here.

15 September, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST
“Electricity markets in times of (climate) change” by Florence School of Regulation – FSR

The new season of FSR Insights starts with a conversation with the editors of the recently published Handbook of Electricity Markets. With twenty-two chapters written by leading international experts, the handbook represents the most detailed and comprehensive overview on electricity markets ever published, covering wholesale and retail; renewable electricity sources; the electrification of mobility, heating, and cooling; and recent innovations such as distributed generation, electrical energy storage, demand response and digital platforms that are disrupting the industry.

15 September, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST
“EU Energy: Green and Connected beyond EU Borders” by International Association for Energy Economics – IAEE

The EU Green Deal is the centerpiece of the EU strategy to transform Europe into the first carbon-neutral continent. The Green Deal, although aimed first and foremost at EU Member States, has important implications for EU neighbors and trading partners. The webinar will examine the external dimension of the EU Green Deal, review coal phase-out initiatives in the EU, the Mediterranean and around and give a perspective on efforts for better connecting markets South and North of the Mediterranean. Register here.

15 September, 20:00 – 21:00 CEST
“Shaping the Role of Solar in Utility Planning to Advance Customer Clean Energy Goals” by World Resources Institute – WRI

Join for a webinar on the ways that solar energy is currently considered and can be improved in utility long-term planning, and how customers are engaging in these plans to advance their clean energy goals. The event will highlight findings from new WRI research on the types of barriers that affect the treatment of solar in utility planning and opportunities for stakeholders to address various challenges. It will also feature a panel of representatives from local governments, companies and utility commissions to discuss the ways long-term utility plans affect customer clean energy goals and how customers can and have engaged in these processes to advance renewable energy. Register here.

16 September, 10:00 – 12:00 CEST
“Hydrogen, taking stock of the Fit for 55 by European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition – ERCST

This new work stream aims to bring together stakeholders, including policymakers and industry on a regular basis to discuss substantive issues around this topic, informed by original intellectual input from ERCST. This meeting will take stock of the main hydrogen legislative developments proposed in the “Fit for 55” package. The current hydrogen regulation and policy is scattered over gas, electricity, fuels, emissions, industry, transport, heating etc. with a considerable level of uncertainty about where (in which pieces of legislation) and how key issues will be addressed. Register here.

16 September, 13:30 – 20:00 CEST
“Energy action day” by Denmark, International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA, UNEP and World Economic Forum – WEF

In the margins of the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy, Denmark, IRENA, UNEP and the World Economic Forum will host the Energy Action Day. The event will convene a broad set of stakeholders to discuss how to accelerate collective action towards net zero and climate-resilient energy systems while promoting decarbonisation to meet the 1.5°C thresholds. The Energy Action Day will feature in-depth discussions and showcase ambitious energy transition-related commitments and initiatives in an effort to accelerate energy transitions around the world. The event will pave the way towards the High-level Dialogue on Energy and COP26 in Glasgow. Register here.

16 September, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST
“The Persistent Problem of Coal Power Finance” by Climate Policy Initiative and Sustainable Energy for All – SEforALL

Join the virtual launch of a new knowledge brief on Coal Power Finance in High-Impact Countries, part of SEforALL’s Energizing Finance research series. This new research identifies which high-impact countries are receiving finance for coal fired power, the sources of this investment, its key drivers and the risks attached. The research also offers a series of recommendations to accelerate coal phase-out in favor of more cost-effective renewable energy solutions that support both increased energy access and the transition. Register here.

Sustainability & Circular Economy

13 – 15 September
“World Circular Economy Forum 2021” by SITRA

WCEF2021 will focus on the system level changes, or “game changers”, needed to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Seizing the circular opportunity requires transformational change and collective efforts by businesses, policymakers, civil society and others. Hosted in North America for the first time, WCEF2021 will bring dynamic new voices to the global discussion, explore circular opportunities from the perspective of natural resource producing countries, and highlight the critical importance of the circular economy to fight climate change and to protect biodiversity. Consult the programme for more details about the event and register here.

13 September, 15:00 – 16:30 CEST
“Nature-based Solutions and Food” by Geneva Environment Network and International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN

Nature-based solutions (NbS) are designed to improve the ecosystem services provided by nature. In agriculture, it can provide numerous benefits including the provision of food, hydrological services and regulation of climate. Farming practices that increase soil biodiversity include sustainably managing soil water and nutrients, controlling erosion, and maintaining groundcover. Adopting NbS approaches to better our food systems is essential to meeting the fundamental human right to food and contribute to multiple imperatives of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The Nature-based Solutions and Food dialogue is taking place in the run-up to the UN Food Summit. Register here.

14 September, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST
“Vision 2050: Time to Transform and the changing landscape for investors and companies” by World Business Council for Sustainable Development – WBCSD

This is a private virtual roundtable discussion on WBCSD’s recent report “Vision 2050: Time to Transform” and the business and regulatory shifts around ESG that are changing the landscape for investors and companies. Vision 2050: Time to Transform provides an aspirational shared vision and framework for action that guide the global business community in its efforts to drive the transformations needed to deliver long term societal, environmental and business prosperity. This roundtable will bring together leaders from corporates and the financial sector. Speakers representing WBCSD, business and finance will share their insights on what companies and investors can and must do to help drive the transition to a more sustainable prosperous world. For registrations and enquiries please contact Lara Luten (luten@wbcsd.org).

16 September, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST
“The Blue Food Assessment: Global Launch Event” by Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stanford University

Blue, or aquatic, foods can be a powerful tool for improving public health, advancing equitable livelihoods and boosting sustainable food production. However, despite their many benefits, blue foods are often overlooked in global food system discussions, which tend to focus on terrestrial crops and livestock. The launch of the Blue Food Assessment will highlight how aquatic and terrestrial food systems are interconnected, present the latest science about how blue foods can play an essential role in the shift towards healthy and sustainable food systems, and spark policy discussions about how to set that shift in motion.

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20 – 26 September
“Climate Week New York City 2021: Getting it done” by the Climate Group

Climate Week NYC returns for 2021 with a focus on fulfilling and increasing commitments made by businesses, governments, and organizations. It is the time and place where the world gathers to showcase leading climate action and discuss how to do more, fast. Hosted annually by international non-profit the Climate Group in conjunction with the United Nations, and in partnership with the COP26 and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC is a global opportunity to come together to accelerate climate action and assess progress ahead of COP26. Discover events calendar here.

20 September, 11:00 – tbc
“Working together to achieve the Paris climate goals and sustainable development” by German Development Institute and NewClimate Institute

Failure to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement would ultimately undermine the achievement of just and sustainable global development that leaves no one behind. This requires transformative change in all countries and development areas. In a new study authors show what this change can look like concretely, and what role international cooperation and international development finance can play in it. In particular, the study dives deeper into the interlinkages between climate and development policy in five key fields of action: energy, cities, agriculture, ecosystems and water. Join online launch (in German) and/or an expert panel (in English).

20 September, 14:00 – 17:30 CEST
“BUILD UPON2 Virtual Summit” by World Green Building Council

The Summit will bring together hundreds of leaders from industry, public sector and civil society in an online conference. The central theme is how leaders can work together to deliver the EU Renovation Wave and the EU Green Deal. Throughout the event speakers will profile the work of the BUILD UPON2 project to empower cities as key enablers of the Renovation Wave through a unique impact framework for quantifying the holistic benefits of building renovation. Finally, the Summit will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and inspiration on how public and private sector actors alike can scale up efforts to address the monumental challenge ahead to deliver the Renovation Wave.

20 September, 15:00 – 16:15 CEST
“ClimateShot: The agricultural innovation race to save our planet” by CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

The agricultural sector is not on track to support goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. It’s estimated that current agricultural technologies and practices can only deliver less than half of the emissions reductions required from the sector. An ‘innovation gap’ exists in spite of considerable investment into agricultural innovation to achieve food security and enhance the resilience of more than half a billion smallholder farmers on the frontline of climate change. This is a make-or-break year to secure meaningful commitments in addressing the climate crisis and putting our food systems on a sustainable path before it’s too late. A key part of such a transformation will need a step change in agricultural innovation to support ambitious action. But how can stakeholders across the food system join forces to ensure agricultural innovation contributes to climate mitigation and adaptation and support more resilient communities? Watch the event online here:

20 September, 17:00 – 20:00 CEST
“Faith & Climate Summit: The Final Sprint to COP26” by Center for Earth Ethics, World Resources Institute – WRI, United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP and other

Join for a discussion with the global interfaith community about our role heading into COP26 and beyond. The UK COP26 Presidency will give an update on the status of negotiations. The community will also announce new faith-based climate commitments. Register here.

21 September, 13:00 – 14:15 CEST
“Consumer Demand for Sustainable Products in Asia: Successes and challenges” by International Institute for Sustainable Development – IISD and Evidensia

Asia is home to the majority of the world’s population and consumption patterns on the continent have significant implications at a global scale. This webinar will present research on consumption trends of certified and sustainable products in Asia, focusing on cotton, palm oil, tea, and coffee. Various actors (buyers, VSSs, producers) will then share successes, challenges, and potential ways to increase sustainable consumption in Asia. Register here.

21 September, 14:00 – 15:30 CEST
“Future-proofing Urban Mobility: Exploring Routes to Resilience” by ICLEI

How can cities approach building resilience into their mobility systems to ensure that these remain affordable, accessible and convenient in the face of mounting challenges and crises? Learn more at ICLEI’s upcoming webinar. Register here.

21 September, 14:00 – 15:30 CEST
“Transforming Cities for People and Planet through Integrated Urban Development” by World Resources Institute – WRI

Cities are home to 4.2 billion people – more than half of the world’s population. These bustling human habitats are where our daily struggles unfold, where we strive to build a better future for ourselves and our families. But cities today face extraordinary challenges, from floods, storms and heatwaves triggered by the climate crisis to hazardous air quality, lack of affordable housing and deep social divides. How can integrated planning approaches tackle complex urban challenges to ensure a just, livable future for all? Join to discuss this pressing question. You’ll learn from experts about holistic solutions and strategies to combat urban environmental crises, such as pollution and biodiversity loss. You’ll also hear from local leaders in India, Sierra Leone, and Argentina on how cross-sectoral collaboration is spurring low-carbon growth within their cities. Register here.

22 – 23 September
“Circular Economy Business Models in the Electronics and Agri-food Sectors” by Centre for European Policy Studies – CEPS

The circular economy is at the core of the industrial transformation in Europe and the move towards more sustainable economic models. Various circular business models have been emerging in the electronics and agri-food sector to address waste challenges, the use of resources across supply chains, socio-economic and environmental demands, land use, energy and water consumption. However, the uptake of such circular business models has been limited in comparison to the scale of challenges linked to the management of waste from these two sectors. The event will dissus these topics, as well as the challenges and policies needed to further boost circular solutions for the electrical and electronic equipment sector and the agri-food value chain. Register here.

22 – 24 September
“High-Level Dialogue on Energy and Energy Action Events” by United Nations

Join the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy virtually, taking place under the auspices of the UN General Assembly. A series of Leadership Dialogues will feature Heads of State and Government as well as other global leaders, many of whom are expected to announce commitments in the form of Energy Compacts, aimed at achieving clean, affordable energy for all by 2030 (SDG7) and net zero emissions by 2050. The Dialogue will result in a global roadmap towards the achievement of SDG 7 by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. To bring together businesses, cities, foundations, youth and other civil society representatives to announce their own Energy Compact commitments and mobilize partnerships for transformative action, multi-stakeholder energy action pre-events are also being organized virtually on the mornings of 22 and 23 September. All official events are expected to be broadcast live here.

23 September, 10:00 – 12:00 CEST
“Accelerating the race to net zero in Central Asia” by OECD

As Central Asian countries emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and work towards net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the OECD is convening a regional policy dialogue to discuss ways to overcome challenges and identify opportunities for modernisation and innovation in the energy sector. This regional dialogue will focus on how Central Asian countries can earn from each other to better integrate long-term low emissions development strategies into their planning objectives for the energy sector;
accelerate improvements to framework conditions to attract more private-capital and private-led R&D into renewables and other low-emission energy projects; and win public support for the reform of harmful fossil-fuel subsidies. Participants will include policy-makers from Central Asian countries, OECD experts, and representatives of the private sector and international development partners. Register here.

23 September, 14:00 – 15:30 CEST
“Gender equality and diversity in the energy transition” by Florence School of Regulation – FSR

This Debate will aim at reviewing the current situation with gender participation in the energy sector and at identifying which policies and measures should be pursued to ensure equal opportunities in this sector. It will also address the extent to which affirmative actions could be used to address the current gender imbalance, and how these actions could be compatible with a merit-based approach to entry into the sector.

23 September, 16:00 – 18:00 CEST
“US-EU exchange: How to achieve energy-efficient and affordable housing” by Buildings Performance Institute Europe – BPIE

The webinar will focus on the EU and US objectives and initiatives to achieve energy efficient and affordable housing. Energy poverty is a growing issue globally and affordable and energy efficient housing is essential to combat energy poverty while leading a just, green transition. The webinar will provide an overarching view of the nexus between affordable, efficient housing and a just transition. The panel discussion will take a deeper look at some programmes in the EU and US targeting energy poverty. Register here.

23 September, 17:00 – 18:00 CEST
“Crops, Biodiversity, and the Northern Passage: Impacts added to En-ROADS” by Climate Interactive, MIT Sustainability Initiative

Join for a special webinar event focusing on testing the newest features of the En-ROADS simulator and exploring a range climate impacts – from crop yield, to heat wave effects, to arctic sea ice melt. This unique event will be led by Climate Interactive Senior Modeler, Adem Delibas and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Travis Franck. Register here.

27 September, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST
“Carbon Pricing Shaping Carbon-Neutral Energy & Transport Systems: Technology Exchange, Business Cases” by International Association for Energy Economics – IAEE

This webinar focuses – after a brief introduction on carbon pricing mechanisms currently in place around the world – mainly on the role of carbon pricing for energy technology exchange and the resulting fuel switching in energy and transport systems in Europe. In addition, two possible future business cases are presented that demonstrate – depending on the CO2 price development – the profitability of decommissioning gas distribution grids as a means for local, deep decarbonisation of cities, and hydrogen production for the transport sector and heavy industry based on hydropower. All quantitative modelling results presented have already been published and are based on comprehensive peer review processes. Therefore, there is no reason to be afraid of the (high) CO2 prices that take some getting used to. Register here.

27 September, 16:00 – 17:30 CEST
Bioenergy and Net Zero – sustainability in a world of scaled-up modern bioenergy” by World Bioenergy Association

The IEA recently named bioenergy as one of its seven “key pillars” of decarbonisation for getting to Net Zero by 2050. As part of its work in building a coalition around sustainability in the run-up to COP26, WBA is has announced this webinar. This event will examine the varied roles of bioenergy in a Net Zero future and how we can maintain a strong focus on sustainability governance. Speakers and agenda will be announced shortly.

28 September, 10:30 – 11:50 CEST
“Why and How is Technical Assistance the Wealth-enabler for Buildings?” by Renovate Europe, Energy Cities and FEDARENE

Historic amounts of funding will be made available through the EU budget (RRF and MFF), and the main buildings-related legislation (EED and EPBD) will be strengthened to deliver on the Renovation Wave goals. Unfortunately, the crucial role of Technical Assistance in delivering renovation schemes is still vastly underestimated. Technical assistance or capacity building will be crucial in transforming EU objectives into tangible renovation schemes on the ground, and could significantly improve the absorption rates of EU funding across the Member States. It will also be essential in ensuring that renovations schemes are made accessible for the vulnerable. This webinar will be an opportunity to better understand the importance of technical assistance, through learnings from ongoing programmes but also through examples of funding opportunities, so renovation schemes can deliver better results for citizens, businesses, and the environment.

29 September, 13:00 – 16:00 CEST
“Driving global youth action for climate adaptation in food systems” by CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, The Food Foundation (FF), International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences and Wageningen University & Research

The event is intended for youth from all around the globe to participate and engage in efforts and movements around food security under a changing climate. The event also aims to create awareness of the Pledge initiative – a youth-led promise galvanising action to defeat hunger, improve health and heal the planet. The pledge brings together young people from around the world to focus on their personal action as a contribution to system change, and to urge governments and businesses to act boldly and urgently.

29 September, 18:00 – 19:30 CEST
“How are China’s Companies Responding to China’s 2060 Carbon Neutrality Goal?” by Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA

In September 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China would strive to peak CO2 emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. The neutrality goal, in particular, was a breakthrough for global climate ambitions: a net-zero target from a country responsible for roughly one-quarter of global GHG emissions, more than any other country. Meeting these aims, however, will demand a dramatic transformation of China’s economy, and especially of emissions-intensive sectors in energy and heavy industry that have fueled decades of rapid growth. China’s leading firms in these sectors are global giants, responsible for significant shares of GHG emissions in sectors from oil and gas to cement. How are they reacting to the climate challenge? Register here.

29 September, 23:00 CEST – 30 September, 0:00 CEST
“Plastics and Climate Change: How Single-Use Packaging is Fueling the Crisis” by Plastic Pollution Coalition

This webinar will feature Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, who will discuss the nexus between plastic production and climate change, including the immense environmental justice impacts, and Graham Forbes, Global Project Leader of the Plastic-Free Future campaign at Greenpeace, who will discuss how consumer goods companies’ reliance on single-use plastic packaging is providing a lifeline for Big Oil. This important conversation is especially relevant ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 in November, where world leaders are scheduled to gather in Glasgow, Scotland, with the goal to accelerate action on climate change.

29 September – 1 October
“The Net Zero Festival” by Business Green

With thousands of companies now committed to delivering net zero emissions and the UK set to host the critical COP26 Climate Summit this November, the Net Zero Festival could not come at a more opportune time. The Festival will bring together some of the world’s foremost thinkers on what it takes to accelerate and expand the net zero transition and urge business executives, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and campaigners to join in exploring how to navigate what is the defining economic, political, and technological trend of the age. Check the event programme here. Limited number of complimentary guest tickets available for senior corporate executives involved in sustainability, NGO’s, National Government and Not-for-Profit organisations. Check availability and register here.

30 September, 16:00 – 19:00 CEST
“Voices of the transition. Climate change communication for a sustainable future” by CMCC Foundation

Join the conversation on how communication can shape a sustainable future. Discover the most compelling and creative initiatives on climate change communication worldwide through debates, interviews, and live performances. The event will bring together a collection of voices whose different points of view will offer an in-depth look at the same challenge: finding the words and means to raise awareness on climate change. The event will be streamed live on CMCC website. Register here.