20 Feb 2023, 15:50
  • Milou
    Milou Dirkx is Journalism Network Manager at Clean Energy Wire. She is the first point of contact for the members of the CLEW Journalism Network, and develops events and other opportunities for climate and energy reporters to engage.

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Events offer journalists the opportunity to learn, share and connect with sources and colleagues. At Clean Energy Wire, we collect all online webinars, gatherings, meetings and conferences on energy transition, climate policy, journalistic insights and other interesting topics. You can find the list below - and do get in touch if any events are missing!

[Updated with webinars from BECC, FSR, C2ES, ATA Insights, Agora Energiewende, SJN, EJN, Wilson Center]

21/02, 14.00 CET

Webinar - What do 1.5°C-Aligned Scenarios Mean for India’s G20 Summit?

Organiser: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

As the G20 Summit in India approaches, it is urgent to understand how energy decisions made by the world’s largest economies will affect the achievement of the Paris Agreement goals. This webinar will explore how the G20 Summit, under India’s presidency, can be a platform to increase collaboration among emerging economies on national energy targets. It will provide tools for policy-makers, investors, and companies to align with the Paris Agreement in the context of the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

22/02, 14.00 CET

Webinar - A deep dive on renewable hydrogen and industrial policy going into 2023: The US, EU, & beyond

Organiser: Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

There has been much consternation in Europe about the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the impact it could have on the competitiveness of European industry. The European Commission is responding with its own measures, including revised State Aid Guidance to allow Member States to match the subsidies of third countries. These exchanges come in the midst of an energy crisis which has hit energy-intensive industries in energy import-dependent regions especially hard, Europe has seen a major reduction in industrial output over the past year as a result.

As emissions targets squeeze and technological cycles close, industry are taking their next investment decisions, looking at where the strongest case is to establish the next generation of industrial value chains. Clean energy vectors such as renewable hydrogen will be amongst the key components for the buildout of these economies, and as such, their cost-effectiveness and availability will contribute to the decision-making of industrial players.

In an effort to bring some clarity to the evolving landscape of industrial policy going into 2023, this instalment of FSR Debates is dedicated to what is happening in the US and EU.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

22/02, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Paying for the Paris Agreement: Governments Share Lessons Learned

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Now that many countries have gone through the processes of updating and submitting their NDCs, their work turns from setting high-level targets to determing how to finance them.

No two NDCs are alike, which means every country will draw upon a different set of instruments to finance its climate action. Moreover, developed countries must meet commitments for concessional finance. But all countries must plan for, implement and monitor their progress.

To help countries navigate these challenges, WRI is hosting a webinar to share lessons learned from their recent report Paying for the Paris Agreement.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

22/02, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Global Launch of the 2022 Progressing National SDGs Implementation Report

Organiser: The 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 Action for Sustainable Development, the 2022 report examines trends in the uneven COVID-19 pandemic recovery and shifting global economic woes as the Global Goals reach their halfway mark.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

22/02, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Shaping the Eco-Social Contract: Perspectives on Just Energy Transitions from Around the World

Organiser: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

A basic principle of the just transition toward ecologically and economically sustainable societies is the need to address the challenges of the energy sector and accompanying crises of energy poverty and insecurity. The development of a reliable, sustainable and affordable energy sector that can meet these challenges is arguably the largest economic transition facing every society in every corner of the world today. To shape a new eco-social contract that works for both people and the planet, we must grapple with the practical and ethical challenges of a just energy transition that takes into account lessons learned from different regions.

Co-hosted by UNRISD and the International Energy Poverty Action Week (IEPAW), this webinar draws on the work of the Global Research and Action Network for a New Eco-Social Contract and Carlos Villaseñor’s Issue Brief Evaluating Existing Transformations: The Case for a Just Energy Transition to open up a broader conversation on how different regions are shaping just energy transitions at a time of global energy insecurities.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

22/02, 16.00 CET

Webinar - The U.S. Battery Boom

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

Many U.S. automakers plan to significantly scale up production of electric vehicles this decade but doing so will require lithium-ion batteries, and lots of them. As a result, the United States is seeing a boom in new investment in lithium-ion battery factories and growing interest in investment elsewhere in the battery supply chain. This webinar will provide a high level overview of these developments, as well as several important trends that lay behind them.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

22/02, 16.00 CET

Webinar - The Future of Land Restoration Finance in Africa: From Billions of Dollars to Billions of Trees

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Some of the fastest-growing small businesses in Africa make money restoring degraded land. They nurture trees and encourage smallholder farmers to grow food sustainably and productively. Now, there are new ways to invest in these businesses – to resource land restoration champions and close the legendary “missing middle” funding gap.

It’s time to shed light on these innovations and hear directly from entrepreneurs and investors – and the challenges that they have faced in making land restoration a viable economic sector.

This webinar will be in English with live interpretation offered in French.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

23/02, 13.00 CET

Webinar - Journalist Briefing on the Climate-Development Nexus: Supporting Local Stories with Global Data

Organiser: Drawdown Lift

The presenter will share key highlights from the landmark Climate-Poverty Connections report, which examines five groups of climate mitigation solutions that generate co-benefits for human well-being and climate adaptation in low- and middle-income countries. The climate solution groups include improving agriculture and agroforestry, protecting and restoring ecosystems, adopting clean cooking, providing clean electricity, and fostering equality. 

There will be a Q&A session following the presentation.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

23/02, 22.00 CET

Webinar - Changing Transportation and Energy Use Behavior – Learning from Denmark and Australia

Organiser: The Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (BECC)

Attendees will hear how Australia has used gamification to motivate and empower low-income renters to reduce household energy consumption by 12.3% and increase adoption of energy efficient habits by 22.5%. Then it will be the turn of Denmark to learn how Copenhagen has consistently increased cycling rates year after year—reaching an incredible 49% of commuting trips (to work and school). These two behavior change programs were identified as 2022 landmark case studies by toolsofchange.com, a website devoted to highlighting excellence in Community-Based Social Marketing.

You can find more information here and register via this link.


Webinar - Climate, Trauma and Journalism

Organiser: Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Europe (DCE) and Journalismfund.eu

Together with Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Europe(DCE), Journalismfund.eu is hosting two webinars on climate crisis reporting, trauma and journalism. Two online seminars (17.02.2023 and 24.02.2023) to build resilience and impact for sustainable reporting on the climate crisis.

The sessions bring together leading experts to discuss the psychological impact of the climate crisis and how it affects interviewees (survivors) and journalists who cover such stories as well as audiences.

In the second workshop we will discuss ways in which the traumatic content of climate related stories may affect audiences and what journalists should know about the psychological impact of climate stories in order to produce more impact through their reporting.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

28/02, 09.00 CET

Webinar - Powering the Mekong: Does "Clean Energy" Mean More Dams?

Organiser: Earth Journalism Network (EJN)

Over the last year, energy insecurity has been a major challenge for Mekong countries, and analysts have predicted the energy crisis will continue to hit developing countries in 2023. But it could also open a window of opportunity to accelerate their energy transition and search for renewables. But an important question remains unanswered: Which renewables will be the most sustainable choice?

For the Mekong countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, increasing the share of solar and wind power is one of the targets in their power development plans. They have also turned to Laos for hydropower, which is often seen as a key renewable option despite its significant impact on the ecosystem and surrounding communities.

This webinar will examine the region's energy trends and the role of hydropower in the context of the global energy crisis.

You can find more information and register via this link.

28/02, 09.30 CET

Webinar - The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation – The role of closed loop circularity

Organiser: EURACTIV

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss what circularity actually means and how a fair definition and practice, satisfying both consumers and industry, can be reached. Questions to be addressed include:
- What is a circular product? Can consumers play a role in the understanding and defining of 'circularity'? And how can we define terms such as greenwashing, downcycling, high-quality recycling?
- Can the Commission’s PPWR proposal ensure that the food and beverage industry can fully close the loop on their packaging?
- Does the PPWR do enough to enable each sector to close the loop on the packaging they put on the market?

You can find more information here and register via this link.

28/02, 12.00 CET

Webinar - Energy Security and Decarbonization in 2023: How will Europe balance these objectives?

Organiser: ATA Insights

Increasing pressure by all European stakeholders (e.g. The European Parliament minimum target 32% renewable energy by 2030) to drive high decarbonization and renewable energy driven electrification of the economy.

Although the energy transition is well underway, questions remain as to whether there is enough solar and wind power to achieve real renewables penetration, what technologies can cover the intermittency of PV and wind at scale, and whether affordable energy storage and green hydrogen are needed on a commercial scale.

The energy crisis and the energy transition are causing a new scramble for limited resources. We must understand how large corporate end-users are dealing with the current and upcoming energy crises, how will affordability and decarbonization objectives be dealt with, and what does this mean for a just energy transition.

Join this webinar to understand how the energy markets will change in 2023, and what this means for buyers of power, IPPs, developers, solutions providers, and financial institutions.

You can find more information and register via this link.

28/02, 15.30 CET

Webinar - Reaching for 2030: Climate and Energy Policy Priorities

Organiser: C2ES

Legislative and administrative progress over the next two years will be crucial in not only meeting our climate goals, but also positioning the United States to lead an accelerating global transition toward a net-zero economy. Over the past 15 months, the U.S. Congress has passed meaningful — and indeed historic — legislation that has the potential to make significant progress on both fronts, yet the scale of the challenge — and opportunity — leaves much to do. C2ES will release a new policy agenda, informed by leading U.S. businesses, to maintain that momentum and advance policies that can serve both climate and economic development objectives.

Join C2ES to hear from leading congressional and business voices about the prospects for action in the 118th Congress and additional steps that must be taken to drive private sector investments, enhance the competitiveness of U.S. industries, empower communities to respond to the impacts of climate change, and further reduce emissions across the entire economy.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

28/02, 19.00 CET

Webinar - Two Years of Justice40: How the Initiative is delivering solutions to the climate crisis

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

13.00 ET

President Biden has made addressing environmental injustices a priority by centering justice in his actions to address the climate crisis in the U.S. and abroad. A central pillar of the environmental justice agenda is the Justice40 Initiative, which aims to direct at least 40% of benefits of climate investments to communities that have been disadvantaged, marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.

The Justice40 initiative put a new spotlight on the historic inequities faced by frontline communities, the impact the climate crisis has on their future, and the opportunity to create a transformational clean energy economy that is inclusive of all Americans. The Initiative is being implemented using a “whole-of-government” approach that directs agencies to restructure how they operate, redesign their strategies, and be accountable for delivering on the Administration’s goal. Currently, 16 agencies have announced hundreds of programs now covered under the Justice40 Initiative. The policy promises to address environmental justice through other major legislative initiatives including the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

01/03, 11.30 CET

Webinar - 2030 solar and wind roadmap for Pakistan

Organiser: Agora Energiewende

Pakistan is the world’s 5th most populous country and is experiencing fast-growing energy demand. In order to increase electricity supply and reduce oil and gas imports while meeting its climate targets, the Government of Pakistan is emphasizing the role of renewable energy – especially solar and wind power.

At this webinar, the results of an ambitious solar and wind roadmap analysis performed by ‘8.2 Renewable Energy Experts’ and ‘Power Planners International’ on behalf of Agora Energiewende will be presented and discussed.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

02/03, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Systems Change for People and Planet: What You Need to Know

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

To limit global temperature rise, conserve nature, and build a fairer economy that benefits everyone, we will need deep change across every aspect of our economies at a pace and scale we have not yet seen. Because our world is complex and interconnected — small changes in one system can have unforeseen consequences in others — spurring transformative action requires a systemic approach.

Join Systems Change Lab on March 2 at 10 a.m. EST (4 p.m. CET) to learn what you need to know about systems change. Systems Change Lab has identified more than 70 transformational shifts needed to protect both people and the planet, highlighting current action against climate, biodiversity and equity targets.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

06/03, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Modeling social factors in onshore wind energy expansion

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

Energy models are used to inform and support decisions within the transition to climate neutrality. In recent years, such models have been criticized for being overly techno-centered and ignoring environmental and social factors of the energy transition. This issue may be particularly relevant for the expansion of onshore wind energy, which is found to be cost-effective in many energy models while facing social opposition in the real world.

This webinar will bring together three recent efforts on integrating social factors in energy models.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

07/03, 15.00 CET

Hybrid event - The inclusion of hydrogen in the EU CBAM, ERCST’s assessment

Organiser: The European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST)

During this meeting ERCST intends to present the results of a research exercise on the inclusion of hydrogen in the EU CBAM. This assessment will build on the methodology used by ERCST for the analysis of other sectors (i.a. chemicals, electricity, fertilisers, ferrous metals etc.) and on the discussions held during ERCST public meeting on February 1st.

This meeting will start by a presentation by ERCST's CBAM team outlining the results of the assessment, followed by a panel discussion and debate.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

08/03, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Between two crucial winters: the outlook for gas markets in Europe

Organiser: Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

With the global energy crisis and even more since Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine, EU gas markets underwent an unprecedented period of extreme price volatility leading to record-breaking price peaks. Additionally, the gradually reduced flow of gas from Russia (going from approximately 40% of total EU gas consumption in 2020 to less than 9% at present) posed urgent questions regarding security of supply. Considering the large dependence of Europe on Russian gas imports and the overall tight gas market at global level, unable to provide a real replacement for Russian gas supply, the risk of energy shortages during the winter ahead was a real, tangible, dramatic one. 

Europe responded to this dramatic threat with a number of initiatives addressing the emergency, while at the same time taking into account a medium-long term scenario. Diversification strategies, a revised regulation for gas storage, increased targets for biomethane and renewable hydrogen and a number of other EU regulatory and practical initiatives were undertaken as to tackle and mitigate the potentially detrimental effects of the energy crisis. 

With the emergency for this winter finally behind us, which lessons have we learnt? What is the energy outlook for Europe in the next months? Which instruments or activities should Europe prioritise as to secure a safe winter 2023/2024?

You can find more information here and register via this link.

09/03, 15.00 CET

Webinar - The Changing Geopolitics of Critical Minerals and the Future of the Clean Energy Transition

Organiser: Wilson Center

09.00 ET

The relationship between China and the US is commonly portrayed in terms of geostrategic competition, often leading to pessimistic accounts of international cooperation. This, in turn, glosses over important institutional innovations and joint efforts around shared concerns on climate change and the clean energy transition. As the shift towards renewable energy accelerates demand for transition energy metals, such as lithium, nickel, and rare earths, how will resource consuming regions, including the United States, the European Union, Japan, and Korea, navigate their relationship with China and the larger developing world, which hold these mineral deposits and are likely to exercise sovereign control over natural resource management?

Political support for renewable energy has undoubtedly increased over the past 10 years, but this has yet to translate into concrete political solutions—not only because of technological limitations in switching to renewables, but also due to increasing conflicts around critical minerals. Not only do we see geopolitics and securitization of minerals as an obstacle, there are also issues on ecological justice and equitable distribution of environmental burdens that hamper cooperation between mineral producers and consumers.

Join the Wilson Center on March 9th to examine the challenges, policy options, and strategic diplomatic alliances needed to minimize confrontation in order to realize individual national commitments and climate emission reduction targets. The discussion will also focus on ways shifting geopolitical alliances are likely to impact prospects for cooperation and specific national initiatives to embrace clean energy.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

15/03, 11.00 CET

Webinar - The Energy Charter Treaty: Endgame in Sight?

Organiser: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Is 2023 the year for a coordinated EU withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty?

The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is at a crossroads. Recently, the European Commission has hinted for the first time that a withdrawal of the EU and Euratom from the treaty is unavoidable. The negotiated reform proposal failed to gain the support of EU member states last year, seven of which have already announced a withdrawal. In a December resolution, the European Parliament has also voiced its clearest call on the Commission to facilitate a coordinated exit.

This webinar will delve into the pressing legal questions surrounding the withdrawal from the ECT, including the treaty's sunset clause and the implications of the treaty as a mixed agreement. It will also assess the political momentum for further withdrawals both within and outside the EU. The webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of the most pressing legal and political issues facing the ECT and bring together leading experts from academia, policy, and civil society.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

16/03, 20.00 CET

Webinar - SJN Climate Primer: Nature-based Carbon Removal Methods

Organiser: Solutions Journalism Network (SJN)

Solutions Journalism Network invites journalists covering climate change or clean energy to join our webinar training sessions on Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR), an important area of climate mitigation to draw down the excess carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere. As part of its work to identify and examine promising responses to climate change, SJN is offering three one-hour sessions that will give you insight into the science of CDR, as well as some critical lenses to separate the solutions from the greenwashing.

All three sessions will be moderated by Aman Azhar, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who covers environmental justice for Inside Climate News, and who is also a 2022-23 Climate Solutions Fellow for SJN.

You can find more information here and register via this link.

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