Week of 20 – 26th September 2021

The agricultural innovation race to save our planet. How to achieve energy-efficient and affordable housing? Accelerating the race to net zero in Central Asia. United Nations high-level dialogue on energy and energy action. Gender equality and diversity in the energy transition. A boost for sustainable sea and ocean solutions. Transforming cities for people and planet through integrated urban development. Discover these and more online events of the week!

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Biodiversity & Environment

20 September, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST
“Trade and Nature: Trade-offs and Solutions – Metrics and tools for evidence-based trade decisions”
by TRADE Hub international

Join us for a discussion on trade policy’s role in fostering biodiversity-friendly commodity and wildlife supply chains. Participants will be answering these pressing questions: How do commodity and wildlife trade affect nature throughout supply chains? How can trade act as an ally for biodiversity and nature protection? What are the most promising policy levers to transition to sustainable commodity and wildlife supply chains? What can we learn from country-level experience, and what gaps do we need to be mindful of?

22 September, 16:00 – 17:30 CEST
“Preparing for the Coming Storm – the Security Sector and the Environment” by Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance

How can security sector governance and reform contribute to preparing for a future shaped by environmental degradation and climate change? This webinar will analyze risks faced by both humans and the ecosystems on which they depend, while identifying new entry points for building resilience and meeting the security needs of communities.

Climate Science, Policy & COP26

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, 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.

21 September, 0:00 – 1:00 CEST
“China, the US and Climate Diplomacy” by Center on Global Energy Policy of Columbia University

Kevin Rudd’s distinguished career includes serving as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia. He is a former diplomat, fluent in Mandarin, and a keen observer of US-China relations. A veteran of the 2009 Copenhagen climate conference, Rudd has long been active on climate change in Australia and around the world. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Asia Society. Join for a dialogue between former Prime Minister Rudd and CGEP Inaugural Fellow David Sandalow, a former senior official at the White House, State Department, and U.S. Department of Energy. Rudd and Sandalow will discuss the current tensions between the US and China, their impact on global efforts to combat climate change, expectations for COP26 in Glasgow, and climate politics around the globe.

21 September, 19:00 – 20:30 CEST
“Scaling Carbon Dioxide Removal: Limitations and Potential” by C2ES

The recent Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has underscored the urgency to expand the use of carbon sinks to avoid the most drastic effects of climate change. The IPCC report estimates that carbon dioxide removal (CDR) solutions will be necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and limit warming to 1.5 degrees C—with little to no overshoot—by the end of the century. However, the current pace of development of CDR solutions is still lagging to meet global climate goals. In this webinar, experts will discuss the potential role of nature-based and technological CDR solutions in future comprehensive decarbonization strategies, overcoming barriers for large-scale deployment of CDR, and how environmental justice can be embedded in CDR frameworks.

22 September, 15:00 – 16:15 CEST
“The road to COP26: is beef a climate change villain?” by The Embassy of Brazil in London and Euractiv

As countries put forward their net-zero pledges on the run up to COP26, debate has intensified on strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across different sectors. There is little question that the greatest contribution comes from the energy sector (transport, industry and buildings), which currently accounts for 73.2 percent of GHG emissions. But other sectors also have a role to play. In discussing how to reduce emissions from agriculture, beef is often singled out as a climate change villain. This webinar will assess the contribution of livestock to climate change and present initiatives already under way to produce beef sustainably. Join the debate, with panelists from different sectors both in Brazil and the UK.

22 September, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST
“Accelerating climate adaptation finance” by International Institute for Environment and Development – IIED

Countries will be signalling strong political commitment on adaptation finance to spark momentum. We will hear from ministers and senior officials on their ambitious adaptation finance plans, and how they seek to improve the quantity, quality and access to adaptation finance. These issues have featured across many major meetings already this year, including at the Climate Adaptation Summit, the Climate and Development Ministerial, and the G7 Summit. This event is the next in the milestone moments for accelerating adaptation finance on the road to COP26.

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.

23 September, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST
“Untold stories: climate activism and the brutal realities of loss and damage” by International Institute for Environment and Development – IIED

The impacts of climate change are vast. Some – like sea-level rise, ocean acidification and desertification – manifest slowly. Others – like hurricanes, cyclones, drought and flash flooding – hit hard and fast. The loss and damage from these impacts varies too. Some can be repaired at a cost. But others, such as the loss of human life, damage to health, destruction of crucial ecosystems, and loss of cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge, are deep and irreversible. For people living in the LDCs, these deep and irreversible impacts – while often intangible and unmeasurable – are very real and increasingly unavoidable. Join the activists in a dynamic viewing and discussion of their lived experience of the loss and damage caused by climate change.

23 September, 16:30 – 18:00 CEST
“Ambition: What Happens After COP26?” by C2ES

COP26 is a key political moment to advance climate action. The long-awaited conference is an opportunity for countries to deliver timely commitments that take us further toward achieving the Paris Agreement’s goals of limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C, adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change, and making financial flows consistent with both. But given the stark messages of the recent IPCC report, we already know that we will still be far off track by the end of COP26. So what happens after COP26? Join to hear perspectives from key thought leaders on where the world currently stands on climate ambition, what needs to be delivered at COP26, and what has to happen afterward to get on track to achieving the Paris Agreement’s long-term goals, including through the global stocktake process.

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.

Renewables & Energy Transition

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.

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.

22 September, 17:00 – 18:30 CEST
“High-level Meeting of the Collaborative Framework on Hydropower” by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA

Taking into account and building on the momentum and the knowledge gathered in previous Collaborative Framework meetings, IRENA will be organising its first High-Level Meeting on the Collaborative Framework on Hydropower. The aim is to facilitate discussions among High-Level officials and decision-makers on key hydropower-related issues and experiences, and to identify potential pathways and concrete actions needed in charting a bright future for hydropower.

23 September, 9:30 – 11:00 CEST
“Geothermal District Heating and Cooling” by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA

Renewable-based district heating and cooling systems can be a key component of smart energy systems and at the same time play a major role in the reduction of carbon intensity in the building sector. Geothermal energy is one of the renewable energy resources which can be integrated into district heating systems to decarbonise the building sector through the supply of space heating and domestic hot water. The event will promote the development of district energy networks as a means to increase the share of renewables, including geothermal energy in the heating of building and the supply of domestic hot water. It will facilitate sharing of experiences and best practices as well as highlighting supportive tools, methodologies and options.

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.

Sustainability & Circular Economy

20 September, 14:00 – 15:30
“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).

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.

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.

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.

22 September, 15:00 – 16:30 CEST
“Shining a light on the Social Dimension of Sustainable Finance” by SDG Lab & Geneva 2030 Ecosystem

Sustainable investing has experienced an impressive growth in recent years. However, as the focus on the environmental dimension of sustainable finance is increasingly consolidating, also referred to as “green finance”, the social dimension of sustainable finance is lagging behind. How do we change that? This event will introduce different approaches and tools for integrating the social dimension into sustainable finance. It will invite participants along with a panel of experts to identify and share the challenges they face in ensuring that sustainable investments contribute to all three dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals – the social, environmental, and economic dimension.

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.

23 Septmeber, 10:00 – 15:00 CEST
“A boost for sustainable sea and ocean solutions. Intelligent technologies for the Blue Economy – ISSS platform” by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Embark on a path towards the responsible utilization of our oceans, discover »Sustainable Sea and Ocean Solutions ISSS« Innovation Platform and explore its partner organizations’ intelligent technologies to advance the Blue Economy. Learn more about competences and solutions in the areas of energy and resource harvesting, ocean cleaning, and aquaculture. In three expert sessions, scientists will pitch their research results, which we can use to tackle the ocean challenges. Registration is open until 21 September, 15:00 CEST. Check event agenda here.

also coming up
in September and October …

26 – 27 September
“CPW Wildlife Forum 2021” by FAO, CIFOR, IUCN, IIED et al.

The Wildlife Forum will take place from 26-27 September 2021, in the margins of the “One with Nature”: World of Hunting and Nature Exhibition. It is organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW), with participation possible both in-person and online. Under the central theme of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the Wildlife Forum will discuss how to move from theory towards further implementation of policies and actions in relation to sustainable wildlife management. The Forum will be structured around the four thematic sessions of CPW: i) contribution of wildlife to food security and livelihoods; ii) management of human-wildlife conflicts; iii) wildlife trade, offtake and hunting; and iv) animal health and One Health approach. Check event programme here and register here.

26 – 29 September
“Africa Climate Week 2021” by Government of Uganda and UNFCCC

The ACW 2021 Virtual Thematic Sessions take the pulse of climate action in the region, explore climate challenges and opportunities, and showcase ambitious solutions. These sessions focus on priorities identified earlier in the year at the Virtual Regional Roundtables and the outcomes will be carried forward to the Ministerial Sessions later this year. This is an opportunity for regional stakeholders to have their voice heard and contribute to COP26. Each track focuses on one theme and runs for four hours each day of the event. The three tracks of Africa Climate Week 2021 are: (1) National actions and economy-wide approaches – led by the World Bank; (2) Integrated approaches for climate-resilient development – led by UNDP; (3) Seizing transformation opportunities – led by UNEP.

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

Nature-based solutions (NbS) are a powerful tool to facilitate and catalyse the engagement of cross-sectoral stakeholders to join forces towards the implementation of an ambitious Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and move towards achieving the CBD 2050 Vision of ‘Living in harmony with nature’. NbS also offer a pathway for synergies among several multilateral environmental agreements, including for biological diversity, climate change (UNFCCC), disaster risk reduction (Sendai Framework), desertification and the wider Sustainable Development Goals – and for mainstreaming nature conservation into sectoral decision-making processes. In the lead-up to a critical year for nature and society, NbS offer an opportunity to address a wide range of urgent societal challenges. 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, 2:00 – 3:00 CEST
“Perfect Storm: Climate Change in Asia” by Stanford University

The Asia-Pacific region is the world’s most vulnerable region to climate change risks. With its densely populated low-lying territories and high dependence on natural resources and agriculture sectors, Asia is increasingly susceptible to the impacts of rising sea levels and weather extremes. The impacts of climate change encompass multiple socioeconomic systems across the region, from livability and workability to food systems, physical assets, infrastructure services, and natural capital. The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center’s Fall 2021 webinar series, “Perfect Storm: Climate Change in Asia,” explores climate change impacts and risks in the region, adaptation and mitigation strategies, and policy responses. Register here.

29 September, 8:00 – 9:00 CEST
“Renewable Energy in NDCs: Driving Climate Action towards Low Carbon and Inclusive Development in Africa” by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA

The event will discuss how NDCs are driving energy transformation and inclusive development as well as showcase the existing renewable energy technology and innovation options that African governments have to help implement mitigation and adaptation measures. Representatives from governments and international organisations will provide insights into the work done to achieve the proposed climate action goals, as well as showcase examples of new patterns of socio-economic development achieved through prioritization of renewable energy development. Participants will also hear from international organisations that help advise and assist countries in implementing their NDCs. Check event agenda here and register here.

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, 14:00 – 17:00 CEST
“Clean Energy Transitions in Sahel Countries – Regional Dialogue” by International Energy Agency – IEA

This conference aims to hold a discussion on how to accelerate clean energy transitions in the Sahel region by highlighting best practices, providing policy recommendations, and fostering regional collaboration towards clean energy transitions. The event aims to take stock of the region’s energy landscape, areas or progress and best practices on its clean energy transitions in order to better inform and guide country policymakers when defining their transition pathways. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the impacts of Covid-19 and the economic ramifications of the pandemic across Sahel’s energy sector. 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.

6 – 8 October
“LIFE ClimatePath2050 International Conference: Designing Pathways toward Climate Neutrality” by Energy Efficiency Centre of the Jožef Stefan Institute and LIFE ClimatePath2050 Consortium

The LIFE ClimatePath2050 conference aims to equip the participants with new knowledge that will positively contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Bold and ambitious actions need to be implemented today and every step counts. The aim is to enable the sharing of the knowledge and experiences gained through the preparation of national strategies and background analyses among the participants, to stimulate the use thereof, and to connect the modelling community, decision-makers, and other stakeholders. Four sessions of the conference are: (1) How ambitious are the long–term climate strategies? (2) Monitoring and evaluation for better implementation; (3) The challenges of carbon-neutral pathway modelling and analyses in sectors energy supply and industry; (4) The challenges of modelling and analysis in the LULUCF sector. Register here.

12 October, 12:00 – 13:00 CEST
“Offshore wind as a cornerstone of the European Green Deal – The potential in upscaling production and utilization” by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Renewable offshore energy is of utmost importance for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent until 2050. In November 2020, the EU-Commission published the EU strategy on offshore renewable energy to harness the full potential of the ocean without emitting greenhouse gases. The strategy envisions EU leadership in that sector and sets ambitious targets for growth, regional cooperation, legal frameworks, innovation and investments. The main goal: to reach 60 GW by 2030 and 300 GW by 2050 in European offshore capacity. To make this possible, the EU needs to increase the effort in R&D for offshore wind to mitigate risks and to allow large-scale energy production offshore. During the event, experts will highlight the needs and potentials in the field of wind energy technology and energy system technology to reach the EU’s ambitious goal. Register here.

12 October, 12:00 – 13:00 CEST
“EU Member States driving the green energy transition – Best practice investments, policy reforms and transparent decision processes” by Agora Energiewende

This online session aims to empower national-level stakeholders to play their part in ensuring a vivid debate around the best path towards net zero in Europe. The event will present the perspective of EU Member States and of key clean transition stakeholders at national and EU levels, topical research on climate investments/finance as well as best practices. Register here.

19 – 21 October
“8th Annual Workshop Challenges in Decarbonisation: Building a Resilient Net-Zero Future” by Electric Power Research Institute – EPRI and International Energy Agency – IEA

Spread over three days the workshop series will include expert presentations and panel discussions over the course of three sessions: (1) Flexibility and Resilience in Decarbonised Energy Systems; (2) Promise vs Potential: a Holistic Look at Electrification; (3) Planning and Forecasting for Physical and Climate Resilience.

25 – 29 October
“EU Sustainable Energy Week. Towards 2030: Reshaping the European Energy System” by European Commission

Last year, EUSEW went completely digital and this year you will be able to find us online once again. The event will comprise a 3-day digital Policy Conference, the EUSEW Awards, the second European Youth Energy Day as well as 1:1 video meetings, virtual stands and other networking activities. Participants will also have access to online side events and Sustainable Energy Days, digital events taking place all over Europe.