Cities going carbon neutral. Industry transformative change towards carbon neutrality. Economic future of energy storage. Global plastics outlook: economic drivers, environmental impacts and policy options. Pathways to decarbonise the shipping sector by 2050. Circularity and due diligence: exploring the environmental, social, and commercial potential of circular business models. Discover these and more online events of the week!
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Biodiversity & Environment
22 February, 14:00 – 15:30 CET
“Insights and Actions to Achieve a Healthy Planet for the Prosperity of All” by Green Growth Knowledge Partnership
How can we renew and restore a positive relationship with nature? How do we ensure the rights of the poor, marginalized and most vulnerable communities dependent on healthy ecosystems are protected? Which consumption and production changes are needed to deliver net positive outcomes for nature? What can we learn from indigenous peoples, local communities and interfaith groups in resetting our relationship with nature? What is the role of science and education in reconnecting people with nature? This session explores the theme of the first Stockholm+50 leadership dialogue: “Reflecting on the urgent need for actions to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity of all”. Register here.
“Flip the Script: Cities and Nature – 2nd UNEA Cities and Regions Summit” by UN Environment Assembly – UNEA
The second UNEA Cities Summit challenges us to ‘flip the script’ and see cities as champions of nature, and accelerators of a sustainable future. Experts and city practitioners will speak about a range of topics to help us rethink our cities through strategies such as early integration of biodiversity considerations in city planning and management, adapting to changing geoclimatic and cultural conditions, and making a strong financial case that quantifies multiple benefits of nature-based solutions in cities. Register here.
23 February, 14:00 – 15:30 CET
“Understanding the role of protected areas as nature-based solutions: Part 2” by IUCN
The webinar highlights practical tools and guidance for assessing and accounting for nature-based solutions from protected and conserved areas. Participants will be introduced to the Protected Area Benefits Assessment Tool, a cost-effective, participatory approach to identifying economic and non-economic benefits derived from area-based conservation, and how to use it with individual sites. The webinar will conclude with a discussion on recommendations for a more consistent reporting mechanism for benefits, which could help with a range of reporting from funding reports to targets under the new Global Biodiversity Framework.
24 February, 13:30 – 15:00 CET
“Implementing International conventions to strengthen national oil spill contingency planning and risk reduction” by UNEP, Norad and Global Network on Environment and Oil and Gas
Oil spills arise from several different sources ranging from small to large operational and non-operational spills and can occur on land or water which have serious impacts on the environment, economy and human health if not managed properly. Regulations and techniques have continued to be developed at both national and international levels to improve oil spill prevention and mitigation, and provide structure to oil spill response, especially in areas with environmentally sensitive components. However, implementation of these international and national legislations as well as availability and access to technologies to ensure preparedness and response to oil spill in emergencies have continued to be challenging, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic. This event is a part of webinar series which focuses on strengthening national oil spill preparedness and response especially in environmentally sensitive areas.
Climate Science & Policy
22 February, 15:00 – 16:15 CET
“Authorisations and adjustments under Paris Agreement’s Article 6: What you need to know, and what is still unknown” by Gold Standard
This webinar will cover the basics of host country authorisations under Article 6: the process, the benefits, the risks and the unknowns. It is intended to provide attendees with a better understanding of when an authorisation will be needed, the preconditions for a host country providing a letter of authorisation, and how and when this will then be translated into a corresponding adjustment.
23 February, 10:00 – 12:30 CET
“EU-Turkey Climate Policy Dialogue: Role of Civil Society in developing climate policies” by European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition – ERCST
This workshop is part of the project “EU – Turkey Climate Policy Dialogue for civil societies”. The overall objective of the project is to establish a sustained dialogue between Turkish and EU CSOs, private actors and public institutions on the articulation of Climate Change policy between the EU and Turkey and climate policy development in general. This workshop will focus on the key role Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) play in the EU in developing climate policies, both through informal and formal participation processes and identify best and concrete practices that Turkish CSOs could implement. A number of CSOs have been invited to engage in a panel discussion in order to get a better understanding of what this means for EU and Turkish stakeholders. Register here.
23 February, 11:00 – 11:45 CET
“Global Methane Tracker 2022” by International Energy Agency – IEA
Methane is responsible for around 30% of the rise in global temperatures since the industrial revolution, and rapid and sustained reductions in methane emissions are key to limiting near-term warming and improving air quality. The IEA’s Global Methane Tracker is an indispensable resource in the fight to bring down these emissions and implement the new Global Methane Pledge. The 2022 update provides the most complete and up-to-date set of estimates for methane emissions from the energy sector, which accounts for over 40% of emissions from human activity. Many pathways to reduce methane emissions are well known and often cost-effective, and the Global Methane Tracker details abatement measures and the state of methane reduction policies and regulations across major emitters.
23 February, 15:00 – 16:00 CET
“Training on Climate Data Tools with Climate Watch” by World Resources Institute – WRI
Climate Watch is a free online platform designed to empower policymakers, advocates, researchers, media and other stakeholders with the open climate data, visualizations and resources they need to gather insights on national and global progress on climate change. Join for an interactive training to learn how to use Climate Watch to gain insights on countries’ climate commitments, generate custom visuals and access raw data for further analysis. Register here.
24 February, 9:00 – 10:00 CET
“Strengthening the Air-Climate-Health Nexus: Moving Toward a One Atmosphere Approach” by Asian Development Bank, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and UNEP-DTU Partnership
Few challenges pose a greater threat to a healthy planet and people than air pollution and climate change. Over the past three decades, research has demonstrated that integrated solutions to air pollution, climate change, and health challenges can yield co-benefits that support cost-effective, coherent policies. Yet research on co-benefits has yet to generate policy responses consistent with this promise. This webinar will discuss how strengthening the air-climate-health nexus and a one atmosphere approach can translate research on co-benefits into policies and actions at different levels of decision making.
24 February, 9:30 – 11:00 CET
“Water Adaptation Community Webinar Adaptation in Deltas: Good Practices and Reaching Impact at Scale” by Global Center on Adaptation
Deltas are an adaptation hotspot, with critical vulnerability and highest concentration of population and economic assets. About 500 million people currently live in deltas and coastal urban regions, and by 2050 this population will reach 750 million. This webinar features adaptation in deltas, and addresses how to accelerate adaptation and vulnerability as well as sustainable delta development. The contributing presentations will highlight good practices, and how to upscale and accelerate them further. The panel discussion will identify burning issues that needs to be shared across global practitioners and networks. Register here.
24 February, 15:00 – 16:30 CET
“Industry transformative change towards carbon neutrality” by RFF-CMCC
Industry is the second largest emitting sector and is considered a hard-to-decarbonise one, due to its heavy reliance on fossil fuels to supply high-temperature heat and raw materials. A clear perspective on the viable decarbonisation pathways for heavy industries like steel, cement and chemicals, is needed to reach climate neutrality. The webinar presents the results of four studies published within the framework of task 2.4 thanks to the NAVIGATE funding support. The studies provide an overview of the possible decarbonisation pathways for industry in the context of a net-zero emissions world by 2050. They dive into specific low-carbon options and their decarbonisation potential, e.g. biomaterials and electrification, and explore climate policies which can support industry transformation.
Renewables & Energy Transition
21 February, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
“The Economic Future of Energy Storage” by International Association for Energy Economics – IAEE
The webinar will discuss the economic role of energy storage in a simulated deeply decarbonized U.S. electricity system in 2050. It will discuss the energy storage in general as well as storage technologies other than Lithium-ion. Register here.
22 February, 11:00 – 12:00 CET
“Taking Charge: Outlook for battery storage projects in Ireland” by AURORA Energy Research
Join the webinar on Aurora’s latest analysis of standalone batteries, and an outlook on DS3 services. To date, 0.4 GW of batteries are operational in the All-Ireland I-SEM, with over 3.5 GW of prospective projects in the pipeline. Deployment has been hindered due to slow grid connections and policy uncertainty regarding the DS3 system service arrangements; the ancillary market for I-SEM. However, recent consultation in the market has shed some light on the future of the ancillary markets. Speakers will explore the future of the DS3 services for standalone battery projects for both the regulated arrangements and the competitive arrangements post-2024. Register here.
22 February, 14:00 – 14:30 CET
“Pathways to Decarbonise the Shipping Sector by 2050” by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA
International shipping is a key sector of the economy, with as much as 90% of worldwide trade is transacted via ocean-going vessels. The sector is also one of the most challenging to decarbonise. The webinar will share key insights from the IRENA’s report A Pathway to Decarbonise the Shipping Sector by 2050, which analyses the technology readiness of the renewable fuels suitable for international shipping, and explores the options and actions needed to progress towards a decarbonised maritime shipping sector by 2050. Register here.
22 February, 14:30 – 15:30 CET
“Introductory Energy Compact Workshop” by UN-Energy and Sustainable Energy for All
This workshop will explore opportunities for catalyzing action in areas of Energy Access, Energy Transition, and Enabling SDGs through just and inclusive energy transition towards advancing SDG 7 by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. Register here.
23 February, 10:00 – 11:00 CET
“Cities going carbon neutral” by Celsius Initiative
As we all know cities play a major role in the transition to the carbon neutral society. Celsius, since 2013, supported cities in their transitions towards more sustainable energy systems for heating and cooling. Along the way the Initiative have found so many inspiring examples (that can’t all fit into a one-hour seminar). In this webinar you will hear about the Celsius Forerunner city of Lund in Sweden where the world’s largest LTDH grid was recently awarded with the Global District Energy Climate Award in the category New Scheme.
23 February, 15:00 – 16:00 CET
“Zero Carbon Building Accelerator: Stakeholder Engagement in Colombia” by World Resources Institute – WRI
In 2020 as a part of the WRI’s Zero Carbon Building Accelerator, Colombia was selected receive technical and financial support to develop a national Zero Carbon Building Roadmap and local action plans for implementation in Cali and Bogota. In this one-hour webinar WRI and its partners, Consejo Colombiano de Construcción Sostenible will share lessons learned about stakeholder engagement in the road mapping process and discuss how aligning local and national actors promotes a holistic approach to building decarbonization. The session will close with Q&A and open discussion for peer-to-peer learning. Register here.
23 February, 15:00 – 16:00 CET
“Shades of green hydrogen: in pursuit of 2 EUR/kg” by AURORA Energy Research
The webinar focuses on finding the lowest cost of producing hydrogen from electrolysers in Europe. Aurora compared the eight most attractive hydrogen countries in Europe, as ranked in the Hydrogen Market Attractiveness Rating report, and investigated grid-connected and renewables-connected electrolyser business models. Register here.
24 February, 10:00 – 11:30 CET
“Phasing out fossil gas in the EU by 2050: decarbonisation pathways for the sectors, industry, buildings and power” by Agora Energiewende
Agora Energiewende developed together with Artelys, the Wuppertal Institute and TEP pathways for phasing-out fossil gas in Europe in the industry, buildings and power sector. Two scenarios are assessed: Scenario AA chooses mainly electric alternatives to fossil gas while scenario BB focuses on hydrogen-based options as alternative to fossil gas. The assessment is complemented with a cost comparison of the two scenarios. Agora suggests improvements to the Fit for 55 Package to ensure the European economy decarbonizes in the most efficient way by 2050. Recommendations focus on the second part of the Fit for 55 Package, concretely the Gas Directive, Gas Regulation, Methane Leakage Regulation and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Register here.
24 February, 15:00 – 16:00 CET
“Understanding Chinese Outward Foreign Investments in the Power Generation Sector” by World Resources Institute – WRI
In 2020, China became for the first time the world’s largest cross-border investor. With its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has offered a sweeping vision to develop infrastructure, including power generation projects that will lock in technologies for decades. The China Overseas Finance Inventory (COFI) is a comprehensive open-source database covering Chinese equity and debt investments in the power-generation sector across the 76 BRI countries. Join the webinar to discuss the process of building COFI, challenges encountered, and the key insights we can draw. The webinar will also feature experts in Chinese overseas finance to explore use cases of COFI, key challenges in developing an open-source database, and implications of the quitting overseas coal finance by China. Register here.
24 February, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
“Are EU homes ready for full electrification?” by RAP and Leonardo Energy
To achieve climate and energy goals, decarbonising Europe’s building stock is critical. As part of the ‘renovation wave,’ solar photovoltaic power systems, heat pumps, electricity storage and electric vehicles chargers will become prevalent in our homes. This raises the question whether the EU dwelling stock is ready for this transition. Around 50% of domestic buildings were built before 1990 without anticipating the needs of today and tomorrow. The deployment of safe, efficient and smart electrical installations on a large scale requires a long-term vision grounded in a strong foundation of policy, tools and standards. During the event Prof. Angelo Baggini from the University of Bergamo will share his analysis of electrical installations in Europe and proposes solutions on the path towards zero-emissions buildings.
Sustainability & Circular Economy
21 February, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
“Moving beyond extractive industries: Resistance and alternatives” by Colorado State University, European Trade Union Institute, Global Labour University, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development – UNRISD and University of São Paulo
This webinar looks at the disastrous impact of extractive industries on working-class communities, both in terms of the environmental crisis but also energy poverty. The main focus of the webinar is on ongoing struggles which are building spaces of resistance and envisioning alternatives beyond extractive industries. Register here.
22 February, 10:30 – 11:30 CET
“How can India Achieve Jobs, Growth and Sustainability?” by CEEW
India presents a unique promise as the leading voice on the energy transition from the Global South. Recent developments at COP26 and announcements at the Union Budget signal India’s intent to drive economic growth through the route of sustainability. To emerge as a leader – and to fulfill its potential – India must square the trinity of jobs, growth and sustainability. This fireside chat will build on this context. Speakers will discuss the roles of different stakeholders in the society in enabling India’s leadership; the best practices that can aid this process while ensuring openness, inclusivity, innovation and independence; and getting the balance right between industry, institutions and policy. Register here.
22 February, 10:30 – 12:00 CET
“Green Growth Community Communication Training” by Green Growth Community – GGC and REVOLVE
This year GGC remains committed to advocating for green growth in the Mediterranean region, and we invite you to participate in the second online communication workshop to discover storytelling driven techniques that can help you to get you message across with simplicity in more impactful way. REVOLVE – the GGC’s communications partner – will provide you participatory tools to create visual stories around a given challenge. This is the moment to build a common vision about the desired future in an appealing and visual way. Register here.
22 February, 13:00 – 14:30 CET
“Circularity and due diligence: exploring the environmental, social, and commercial potential of circular business models” by UNEP
Shifting to circular business models is critical in delivering sustainability for the industry and requires global approaches with radically new visions and ways of doing business. This can only be achieved by mobilizing actors across regions and at all levels of the textile value chain, including leveraging the capabilities of and providing opportunity to SMEs and workers. A systemic approach is needed to build transparency and resilience in the textile value chain and enable its transition towards circularity and sustainability. This online session will shed light on the interplay between due diligence and circular business model innovation in diverse organisations, from large brands to SMEs. It will demonstrate how conducting these processes amidst a changing business context enables businesses to continuously identify, and create new ways to deliver environmental, social and commercial gains. Register here.
22 February, 14:30 – 15:45 CET
“(Re)constructing Europe: What challenges are Member States facing?” by Euractiv
(1) What will be the new implications faced during, before and after construction – from conceptualising, planning, designing, constructing and maintaining? (2) How can the global supply chain crisis be navigated by South-Eastern Member States? (3) What role can the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility play? (4) What are the implications of higher construction materials and energy prices? (5) Would there be an increased demand for recycled (secondary) construction materials and products? And, is there a lack of adequate recycling facilities? What form can the ‘renovation wave’ take in less economically advanced Member States, and what will the costs be for the construction sector?
22 February, 15:00 – 16:00 CET
“Global Plastics Outlook: Economic Drivers, Environmental Impacts and Policy Options” by OECD
The webinar will include a presentation of the key findings and four key levers that are essential to bend the plastics curve: markets for recycled (secondary) plastics, technological innovation in plastics, domestic policy measures and international co-operation, including international financing. Register here.
22 February, 17:30 – 20:00 CET
“How can systems analysis help align climate change, air pollution, and sustainable development policies in Asia: Opportunities for collaboration” by Asian Co-benefits Partnership and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – IIASA
This international webinar will showcase collaborative research activities between the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), a world leader in the field of systems analysis, and countries in Asia, including Japan, that can help quantify, integrate and advance co-benefits. It aims to deepen the discussion on how systems analysis and other cutting-edge research techniques can strengthen international cooperation on integrated policies for sustainable development (with a focus on linking climate change and air pollution strategies). Register here.
22 February, 18:30 – 20:00 CET
“Becoming Organic: Nature and Agriculture in the Indian Himalaya – Book Launch” by The Graduate Institute Geneva
Amid mounting concern about the environmental impact of agriculture, and burgeoning interest in sustainably produced food, the launch of “Becoming Organic: Nature and Agriculture in the Indian Himalaya” by Shaila Seshia Galvin explores the social and bureaucratic life of organic quality. The launch will consider how organic can be understood not only as a physical property of land and its produce, but as something that is historically and socially produced and assembled within relationships that link farmers, soil, animals, and crops along with state authorities, private corporations, and new intermediaries across changing agrarian landscapes in India and beyond. Register here.
23 February, 15:30 – 17:00 CET
“Global Launch of the 2021 Progressing National SDGs Implementation Report” by International Institute for Sustainable Development – IISD
The Progressing National SDGs Implementation report series provides independent analyses of how UN Member States share progress at the annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Supported by a global coalition of civil society organizations and prepared by Cooperation Canada, the 2021 report examines trends and best practices amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Register here.
24 February, 9:30 – 11:30 CET
“Leveraging the potential of local innovation – Covenant cities showing the way” by Covenant of Mayors European Office
Cities play a key role in creating a supportive ecosystem for technology, innovation, learning, and knowledge by bringing together citizens and different partners from universities and research institutes to local businesses and SMEs. In this workshop speakers will focus on how Covenant signatories are leveraging on this potential and creating their own innovation ecosystems for the climate and energy transition. See the agenda of the workshop here.
24 February, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
“The ESG Conundrum: Perception vs Reality” by The Economist
The stresses applied by the Covid-19 pandemic on businesses have only served to throw into sharper focus perhaps the key questions now confronting company executives and investors alike: do ESG measures improve financial resilience, and if so how? To dig deeper into this topic, the Economist Impact has carried out two unique global surveys of asset owners and companies. Join the event to gain exclusive insights from the findings of our research programme and answer the critical questions, including: (1) Does ESG drive financial resilience? (2) How can companies and their investors assess ESG policies in practice? (3) Which financial and non-financial areas really drive performance?
24 February, 17:00 – 18:00 CET
“A Deep Dive into the Roadmap to Net Zero for the Apparel Sector” by World Resources Institute – WRI and Apparel Impact Institute – Aii
In November 2021, WRI and Aii published the Roadmap to Net Zero: Delivering Science-Based Targets in the Apparel Sector. The report provided a fresh estimate of apparel-sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and outlined six steps the sector must take to reduce GHG emissions at a pace aligned with a 1.5°C temperature increase scenario – 45% by 2030 and net zero by 2050. Join the webinar to discover key findings of the Roadmap and plans for future events to dive deeper into energy- and materials-related interventions. Speakers will be joined by Higg and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition which provided analytical expertise for the sector GHG estimate. Register here.
also coming up
in February & March …
28 February, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
“Energy Poverty at EU level – drivers, consequences and inspirational local cases for addressing it” by International Association for Energy Economics – IAEE
On this webinar we will unfold the problem of energy poverty in the European Union, key related policies, its major drivers and consequences. The speaker will also present the work of the EU Energy Poverty Advisory Hub as the centre of energy poverty expertise in Europe for local authorities and all stakeholders interested in taking action to combat energy poverty. Register here.
28 February, 18:00 – 19:00 CET
“Creative or Controlled Destruction: The Fate of the Fossil Fuel Sector in a Climate” by Stanford University
What is the role of the fossil-fuel sector in a world in which we are trying to address climate change? Efforts to steer the economy through tools like a carbon price hope to shift the market away from greenhouse gas producing industries, triggering what Joseph Schumpeter called “creative destruction.” But does the end of the fossil-fuel sector have to be hastened (or “controlled”) given the time span of the market shift compared to the pace of climate change? Can we think of an industry bringing about its own demise? What is an explanatory metaphor, model and precedent for such a process? And what are the systemic complications for considering such a question? This session is meant to provoke a discussion on a very real dilemma that we face as a society and an economy. Register here.
28 February, 16:30 – 17:30 CET
“UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: From commitments to actions for nature” by Food and Agriculture Organization – FAO and United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP
As the leading agencies on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, FAO and UNEP are calling upon governments, civil society, and the private sector to step up their ambitions in repairing our relationship to nature for better production, better nutrition, better environment, and better lives. Join for a high-level flagship side event at the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) to see how countries are raising their ambitions and taking action on ecosystem restoration. Get inspired, and find out all the different ways that you can play your part in #GenerationRestoration.
28 February – 3 March
“Middle East and North Africa Regional Climate Week” by UNFCCC
The first-ever Middle East and North Africa Regional Climate Week will accelerate collaboration and integrate climate action into global pandemic recovery. Building forward opens an opportunity to address social inequalities and invest in economic development that is good for humanity and nature. MENA Climate Week 2022 provides a platform for governments, cities, private sector leaders, financial institutions and civil society to discuss opportunities to build forward from the pandemic by identifying opportunities to enhance climate action. The event will bring together key stakeholders to take the pulse of climate action in the region, explore climate challenges and opportunities and showcase ambitious solutions.
1 March, 17:30 – 18:30 CET
“Designing and Delivering an Equitable Net Zero Future in the U.S.: Climate-Smart Infrastructure Investment Implementation” by World Resources Institute – WRI
How can the federal government ensure the climate-smart investments reach communities that are currently, and have historically been, discriminated against, under-resourced and marginalized? What tools and resources are available for state and local policymakers and stakeholders in developing programs that address inequities in the clean energy sector? How can we empower and support local communities and community leaders to drive the implementation process? Join for a dynamic discussion with national and local leaders from the environmental justice community and clean energy experts about how to ensure the infrastructure investments are implemented in an equitable, effective and timely manner. Register here.
1 – 4 March
“Global Carbon Markets Training” by Asia LEDS Partnership and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ
Carbon pricing and market-based approaches are efficient ways to reduce emissions and therefore help countries to set more ambitious climate targets. Market-based approaches encourage the private sector to make more climate friendly investments and can leverage finance sources for a low-carbon transition. The cost of emitting is passed on to polluters according to the polluter-pays-principle. Different instruments can be used for this purpose, including carbon taxes, emissions trading systems, crediting mechanisms and, fossil fuel subsidy reform. As it bears large potential for countries to decarbonize their economies the use of these instruments is spreading globally. Tailored to the needs of the Asia-Pacific region, the goal is to equip participants such as decision-makers, experts and practitioners from the public and private sector with deeper knowledge and hands-on advice for implementation of carbon pricing mechanisms.
2 March, 15:00 – 17:00 CET
“Collaborating with policymakers to embed climate education in higher education” by Students Organizing for Sustainability International and United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP
Learn from student leaders from around the world about how to collaborate with policymakers to shape national level policy for embedding climate education in the formal curricula of higher education institutions. In this 2-hour workshop you will: (1) Learn from experiences and good practices of student sustainability leaders who engaged in policy advocacy; (2) Get support from speakers and other participants to address your challenges related to advocacy; (3) Hear how you can get involved in the Youth and Education project – a collaboration among UNEP, UNESCO and Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS) International. By joining, you can get continued support beyond this workshop to get active or deepen your existing advocacy work.
3 March, 14:00 – 14:50 CET
“COP26 and the Year Ahead” by ecbi
Did COP26 in Glasgow save or doom us? And what needs to happen next? During this online webinar hosted by ecbi, key experts will present the latest report, COP26 Key Outcomes, which assesses the Glasgow Climate Summit on the level of political ambition it achieved as well as what it delivered on finance, loss and damage, transparency, common time frames, Article 6, and adaptation. Authored by experts with many years’ experience following the UNFCCC negotiations, the report features quotes and insights from ecbi’s network of negotiators and delegates who attended COP26. Join to discover more.
3 March, 14:00 – 15:15 CET
“Land and Carbon Lab presents: What Does Cropland Expansion Mean for People and the Planet?” by World Resources Institute – WRI
Join to learn more about the complex nature of global cropland expansion and the implications for people and the planet. You’ll hear details from the data developers about the first-ever high-resolution maps of global cropland extent and change as well as plans to continue to update this information via WRI’s Land & Carbon Lab. Experts will share their perspectives on food production and critical considerations as the world attempts to decouple food production from global cropland expansion. Register here.
3 March, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
“A Global Perspective on eMobility Trends in 2022” by World Resources Institute – WRI
The eMobility landscape is evolving rapidly around the world and will continue to expand in 2022. WRI has unique insights on the latest policy and technology advancements on a wide range of topics such as equitable charging infrastructure, zero emission zone policies, transportation decarbonization pathways, vehicle-grid integration, and expansion in electric buses and electric 2- and 3-wheelers. In this webinar, WRI’s e-mobility experts will share their progress and the latest developments from 2021 and provide a forecast of interesting developments into 2022. This discussion will also cover anticipated eMobility progress, including the continued growth in financing for eMobility, the status of sustainable batteries, and how to ensure a just transition for workers in the fossil fuels industry. Register here.
7 March, 15:30 – 16:30 CET
“Challenges and perspectives of a just transition in Europe” by Colorado State University, European Trade Union Institute, Global Labour University, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development – UNRISD and University of São Paulo
What are the main challenges of a just transition to a zero-carbon economy in the EU? Taking a broad-based theoretical approach, speakers at this webinar present the current EU context for a just transition, paying particular attention to the European Green Deal and the Fit for 55 package. To what extent can current EU policies and practices be considered a step towards a more comprehensive policy framework to integrate climate/environmental and labour priorities? How far are institutions and the welfare state ready to address the new challenges posed by the eco-social paradigm shift, possibly under a low growth or de-growth scenario? What strategies do trade unions have and what main challenges do they face? Register here.
8 March, 14:00 – 14:30 CET
“INSPIRE: IRENA’s Platform on Patent Data and International Standards for Renewables” by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA
IRENA’s International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy (INSPIRE) database is an interactive online patent data platform, developed by IRENA, which offers information to users on the characteristics and use of patents and standards for the deployment of renewable energy technologies, facilitating dialogue between different stakeholders on these topics. In this free access web tool, users can monitor the innovation trends in renewable technologies using patents and standards data. This webinar explores the value of patents and standards data analytics and how information can be translated into valuable insights for policymakers, entrepreneurs, industry, research bodies and other key stakeholders in the energy sector. The webinar will also show how to research patents and standards in different renewable energy technologies to identify innovation trends, front-runner countries, and leading technology organisations. Register here.
8 March, 16:30 – 18:00 CET
“Addressing Climate Damages: A Call to Action from the IPCC Report” by World Resources Institute – WRI
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II report, focused on climate impacts and vulnerability, will reconfirm that even if countries make critical emission cuts, the economic and social costs of climate impacts are already severe and destined to get worse. Join for an overview of the IPCC report’s findings and a frank discussion about how significant losses and damages from climate change are not only a future risk, but already a present-day reality for vulnerable people in hotspots around the world. You will hear from leading scientists, policymakers, and advocates on how the world must respond to the growing threats from climate change and how critical it is for governments to reach consensus at the COP27 UN climate summit to go beyond talking about funding for loss and damage and instead establish the means to deliver it. Register here.
9 March, 22:00 – 23:00 CET
“Assessing Opportunity and Disclosing Transition Risk for a Net-zero Future” by Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – C2ES
As more companies are beginning to disclose their climate-related risks and opportunities in response to interest from investors and regulators, improved guidance and best practices are needed to help companies measure and assess transition risks and opportunities under different scenarios. Stranded assets, reputational impacts, regulatory changes, and lack of market access each may impact companies unprepared for a transition to a low-carbon economy. Current C2ES research aims to accelerate and scale knowledge within companies to create better awareness of climate-related risks across business units and to align internal action towards decarbonization and external stakeholder engagement. In this webinar, speakers will detail approaches to transition risks and opportunities, especially considering policy developments and investor commitments in support of a net-zero, resilient future. Register here.
10 March, 14:00 – 15:15 CET
“Food Systems and Biodiversity: Protecting Nature and Producing Nutritious Food in a Changing Climate” by World Resources Institute – WRI and Food and Land Use Coalition
With 2022 seeing the publication of two IPCC reports, the Convention on Biological Diversity COP15, and the UNFCCC COP27, this must be the year we unlock the opportunities available to protect and restore nature, reduce GHG emissions while delivering healthy diets for the growing population. Following the launch of the IPCC Working Group II report set to publish this February, FOLU invites you to a webinar bringing together experts from around the world to highlight the crucial connection between biodiversity and the food we eat. Speakers will share research, case studies, and set out the path forward. Register here.
15 March, 15:00 – 17:00 CET
“GEF Global E-Mobility Programme Managing grid integration of electric vehicles” by International Energy Agency – IEA
This webinar session aims to discuss the following questions through expert presentations from different countries: (1) What are the impacts of EV charging and what is the potential to manage them? (2) What can we learn from real-world deployment of measures? (3) What set of measures should policymakers prioritise to ensure a successful integration of EVs? Register here.
15 March, 19:00 – 20:30 CET
“Understanding Physical risk in a Climate-Impacted Future” by Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – C2ES
As more companies are beginning to disclose their climate-related risks in response to interest from investors and regulators, improved guidance and best practices are needed to help companies measure and assess physical risks from the impacts of climate change under different warming scenarios. A 2020 C2ES report found that TCFD guidance for evaluating physical risk is less robust than for transition risk and that new tools and continued information sharing are vital to enable investor decision-making that accounts for climate risk. This webinar examines how different companies and organizations are assessing their forward-looking physical risks from a changing climate and developing resources to assist companies and investors. Register here.
16 March, 9:30 – 10:45 CET
“Efficient district heating systems: How to achieve cost-effective decarbonisation?” by Euractiv
District heating is not the same across the Union, since it largely depends on regional and local conditions and is therefore mostly used in the EU’s coldest countries. During the open public consultation carried out by the European Commission, several energy industry stakeholders expressed their concerns that the current goals of increasing the share of renewables can be seen as a challenge for Member States that have decided to develop heating systems as an effective way of ensuring heat supply while at the same time reducing the emissions of district heat by replacing coal with other fuels like natural gas. Join this virtual conference to discuss the new definition of efficient district heating systems, and how stakeholders can best cooperate to achieve cost-effective decarbonisation.
22 March, 14:00 – 14:30 CET
“Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation: The Hydrogen Factor” by International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA
Developed under the umbrella of IRENA’s Collaborative Framework on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, and building on the work of the Global Commission’s 2019 report, A New World – The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation, IRENA has carried out an in-depth analysis of the geopolitics of hydrogen. This webinar will share key takeaways from the recent IRENA report Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation: The Hydrogen Factor on whether and how hydrogen may disrupt future energy systems. The webinar will share insights into how countries and stakeholders can navigate the uncertainties and shape the development of hydrogen markets, and outline policy considerations to help mitigate the geopolitical risks and capitalise on opportunities. Register here.
22 March, 16:00 – 17:00 CET
“Working-class environmentalism and just transition struggles in the Americas” by Colorado State University, European Trade Union Institute, Global Labour University, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development – UNRISD and University of São Paulo
This session zooms in on questions of alliance building and seeking common ground in three case studies on working-class environmentalism. The case of Ecuador shows that workers’ struggles are not limited to areas typically examined by labour studies, but include struggles of Indigenous peoples and agricultural workers. Brazil case study analyses agrarian protest and resistance against environmental degradation, examining the role of faith and religious institutions in enabling resistance through teaching and connecting individuals to social movements. Finally, the example of Canada showcases the challenges of coalition building among different stakeholder groups by comparing a worker-focused approach with a more inclusive campaign for just transition. The session will illustrate the diverse challenges of working-class environmentalism and explore strengths and challenges of environmental labour mobilizations for a just transition. Register here.