09 Jul 2020, 18:20
  • Milou
    Dirkx
    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.

Stay updated on online journalism and energy events

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting daily life and work across the globe. An important consequence is that many events that were supposed to take place in the upcoming months are either cancelled or postponed. Events that give journalists the opportunity to learn, to share and to connect. But even in these difficult times, there are plenty of opportunities.We at the Clean Energy Wire are collecting all the online webinars, gatherings, meetings and conferences we can find that cover the energy transition, climate policy, journalistic insights and other interesting topics. Find the list below - and let us know if any events are missing.

LAST UPDATE 09/07
[Updated with the
IRENA dialogue, the E-Axes Forum, the IISD webinar, the CSRPI webinar, the UN Environment Management Group webinars and the Oxford Climate Society webinar]

If you know of any interesting events or opportunities that we have not yet included, please share! You can find the CLEW Network on twitter or e-mail Milou Dirkx, our Journalism Network Manager via milou.dirkx@cleanenergywire.org.

All times mentioned are Central European Summer Times (CET) - corrected to the current summertime.

Coming up

Date

Event

   
10/07, 12.30 CET

Webinar - The Heat is On – SHIP potential in India

Organiser: ATA Insights

In 2019 solar heat capacity additions reached 251MW around the world but only 2MW were installed in India. Its industrial sectors account for more than 50% of the country’s energy needs and a lot of these energy sources must be imported, either as oil, gas or high-quality coal. However, many industries in India use only low to medium temperatures of below 400 °C, which SHIP (or CSH) can easily provide. In this webinar, some of the most experienced experts and industry executives will share their experiences on the SHIP market in the India and the findings of the Solar Payback project.

You can find more information and register via this link.

10/07, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Building a Nature-Positive Economic Recovery

Organisers: WWF, OECD, EDF and World Bank

In recent months, a myriad of studies and webinars have highlighted the importance of aligning COVID-19 recovery packages with social and environmental objectives. A green recovery would offer economic returns on government investments, generate growth and create jobs. It would also put the world on track to more healthy and sustainable future, reduce the risks of future pandemics, improve our public health and environmental outcomes and put the world on a much-needed pathway towards net-zero emissions.

The OECD, WWF and EDF, in collaboration with the World Bank, have organised a series of  high-level virtual dialogues aiming to address specific bottlenecks, mechanisms and institutional arrangements that facilitate the recovery while increasing decisive climate and nature action.

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

13/07, 14.00 CET

IRENA Legislators Dialogue - Renewables as an enabler of services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Organiser IRENA

The dialogue will focus on the increase of communities’ access to basic energy services through the introduction of regional and national policies, and the adoption of a social inclusion approach to strengthen living standards within the next decade. The webinar will discuss the impact of COVID-19, with an aim to outline recovery options based on the scaling-up of energy transition technologies both in developing and industrialised countries. The webinar will also provide parliamentarians with an overview of the role of renewables in reducing the impacts and consequences of the current pandemic, including impacts beyond the health sector.

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

13/07, 18.00 CET

Webinar - Climate Risk in the Italian Financial System: A Central Bank Perspective

Organiser: E-Axes Forum 

How are climate risks transmitted to the macroeconomy and financial systems? Which modelling frameworks best grasp the complex linkages between climate change, the economy and financial markets? How can they help in improving monetary and financial policies? What should be the role of central banks in tackling climate change?

Our forum, Climate Change, Macroeconomics and Finance, delves into these questions and more. It provides rigorous research, debates, and sound insights in economics. It aims at providing a unique source of information and debate for academics, central bankers and policy makers on ongoing research and policy options. It also aspires to aggregate knowledge from around the globe and trigger the engagement of economists who are studying the environmental challenges ahead of us.

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

13/07, 20.30 CET

Webinar - The COVID-19 Crisis: Impact on climate policy

Organiser: Oxford Climate Society

Covid-19 has sparked the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, and has dramatically altered our way of life for the foreseeable future. Given the pressure governments are under to keep people safe and recover the economy, what will be the implications of this crisis on climate policy going forward? How will future climate negotiations be impacted? And what are the most effective climate policies which are viable in this new political climate, and could any actually facilitate economic recovery?

Oxford Climate Society are delighted to host Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to speak at this event.

You can find more information and register via this link.

14/07, 09.30 CET

Virtual conference - Investing post-COVID: Is a green recovery assured?

Organiser: EURACTIV

As policymakers turn their attention to the economic recovery post-COVID, there is a risk that investments in a green recovery may be side-lined.

The European Commission maintains that the recovery and future growth of the EU must be sustainable. Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, insisted that the new Recovery and Resilience Facility, comprising up to €310 billion in grants, will be awarded to those Member States investing in public projects facilitating the green and digital transitions.

An informal alliance has been launched in the European Parliament on the back of calls from 12 EU environment ministers who have signed an appeal for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ministers appealed for the European Green Deal to be placed at the heart of the EU’s post-pandemic recovery plan. Signatories come from across the political spectrum and also bring together industry CEOs, civil society groups, business associations, trade unions, and think-tanks.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the EU’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and whether it will put Europe on the path to a truly sustainable, climate-neutral and just economy.

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

14/07, 14.00 CET

Webinar - COVID-19 & the Environment: Pollution and Waste

Organiser: UN Environment Management Group

The UN Environment Management Group (“EMG”), will facilitate an exchange of multisectoral and multilevel stakeholder perspectives, in order to explore the implications of the pandemic on the environment and its governance across the UN intergovernmental system, identify any capacity gaps, and more importantly – strengthen collaboration across similar workstreams.

The 3-part series of virtual Nexus Dialogues on COVID-19 and the Environment is in alignment with UNEP’s COVID-19 4-pillared response and SG’s response which puts an emphasis on waste management, valuing and investing in nature, rebuild the next generation of social, ecological and productive infrastructures, and modernizing environmental governance and multilateralism with a move towards virtual e-platforms, which simultaneously lowering the overall environmental footprint.

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

14/07, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Decarbonising heat and the role for flexibility

Organiser: Carbon Trust

The delivery of future net zero energy systems will require radically different ways of doing things, including novel technologies, new habits for consumers, new business models, new collaborations and new regulatory and governance frameworks.

This Future Energy Systems webinar series, hosted by the Carbon Trust, will discuss the role of flexibility in an energy system and its importance in achieving net zero targets in the UK.

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

14/07, 17.00 CET

Webinar - Reinventing the Journalism Business Model: What Will It Take?

Organiser: ICFJ

On July 14, some of the best minds from across the digital and media landscape will discuss an urgent challenge: How to ensure a vibrant future for journalism. Vint Cerf, widely known as “one of the fathers of the internet,” will lead the conversation with visionaries from Google News, Luminate and the Media Development Investment Fund -- who will share their views on the way forward.

This conversation comes at a time when news organizations face declining ad revenue and audiences are reluctant to pay for content, problems exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our panelists will address key issues: What are the most successful strategies for growth? What role, if any, should governments play in supporting independent news? Are startups finding new revenue streams to support their news outlets? What do we do about news deserts, particularly in the Global South?

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

15/07, 08.00 CET

Webinar - Finance in Agriculture in a Changing Climate Webinar

Organiser: Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CSRPI)

4 pm AEST

Learn how the finance sector is delivering the market signal for reduced emissions and enhanced climate risk management in agriculture.

This webinar will explore how finance initiatives can assist Australian agriculture to engage with climate risk and motivate investment in emissions reduction within the sector. It will feature presentations from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Rabobank who will discuss (with examples) their approaches and initiatives in financing debt and equity. Presentations will be followed by a facilitated Q&A session.

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

15/07, 14.00 CET

Webinar - COVID-19 & the Environment: Building Back Better - a Sustainable Future

Organiser: UN Environment Management Group

The UN Environment Management Group (“EMG”), will facilitate an exchange of multisectoral and multilevel stakeholder perspectives, in order to explore the implications of the pandemic on the environment and its governance across the UN intergovernmental system, identify any capacity gaps, and more importantly – strengthen collaboration across similar workstreams.

The 3-part series of virtual Nexus Dialogues on COVID-19 and the Environment is in alignment with UNEP’s COVID-19 4-pillared response and SG’s response which puts an emphasis on waste management, valuing and investing in nature, rebuild the next generation of social, ecological and productive infrastructures, and modernizing environmental governance and multilateralism with a move towards virtual e-platforms, which simultaneously lowering the overall environmental footprint.

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

15/07,19.15CET           

Webinar - Moving Forward with Carbon Pricing

Organiser: C2ES

As governments step up efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the number of carbon pricing initiatives continues to grow around the world. This webinar will highlight the latest trends in carbon pricing globally and take a closer look at leading examples at the international, national, and state levels: the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), the United Kingdom’s Emissions Trading System, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the Northeast United States.

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

16/07, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Greening the economic recovery in line with climate neutrality - From commitments to action

Organiser: Green Growth Partnership by University of Cambridge and CLG Europe

Organised in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), this virtual event will be an opportunity to launch key priorities of the German Presidency, with a focus on climate. Panellists will exchange insights on how to combine economic recovery and climate objectives, including climate neutrality by 2050 and an increased 2030 target, in a way that enables a successful transition towards a climate neutral, resilient and prosperous European economy. The event will take place one day prior to the European Council meeting which will discuss the EU’s economic recovery plan. The session will bring together government, MEPs and high-level business representatives and end with a Q&A.

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

16/07, 14.00 CET

Webinar - COVID-19 & the Environment: System Resiliency & Health-Related Interdependencies

Organiser: UN Environment Management Group

The UN Environment Management Group (“EMG”), will facilitate an exchange of multisectoral and multilevel stakeholder perspectives, in order to explore the implications of the pandemic on the environment and its governance across the UN intergovernmental system, identify any capacity gaps, and more importantly – strengthen collaboration across similar workstreams.

The 3-part series of virtual Nexus Dialogues on COVID-19 and the Environment is in alignment with UNEP’s COVID-19 4-pillared response and SG’s response which puts an emphasis on waste management, valuing and investing in nature, rebuild the next generation of social, ecological and productive infrastructures, and modernizing environmental governance and multilateralism with a move towards virtual e-platforms, which simultaneously lowering the overall environmental footprint.

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

16/07, 15.00 CET

Webinar - A bold new idea to phase out fossil fuels and fast track solutions

Organiser: Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative

The main cause of the climate emergency is fossil fuels. Coal, oil and gas are responsible for almost 80% of all carbon dioxide emissions since the industrial revolution.

Phasing-out fossil fuel production, and fast-tracking progress towards safer and more cost-effective solutions, will require unprecedented international cooperation in three main areas.

An international group of leading climate policy, legal, communication and social movement professionals have started collaborating on efforts around the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. Join them to learn more.

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

16/07, 17.30 CET

Webinar - Rising to the Net-Zero Challenge

Organiser: Climate Action

These are challenging times for many industries, and none more so than the energy sector. The impacts of COVID-19 have been vast: the price of oil has plummeted, many companies are struggling to formulate recovery plans, and pressures to rebuild a green, clean and fossil-fuel world are mounting.

But as we emerge from lockdown following the global health crisis, can leaders from across all sectors rise to the challenge of greening the recovery?

In 2019, the UK Government legislated for Net-Zero emission by 2050. This is a legally binding target that will require extraordinary cooperation across industries and sectors. This will also require the energy sector to play a critical role by not only decarbonizing their operations and shifting to clean production, but by creating net-zero pathways for other industries.

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

 17/07,15.00CET            

Webinar - High-level Political Forum 2020 Review

Organiser: International Institute on Sustainable Development (IISD)

The 2020 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development already had the ambitious goal of launching a decade of action to get the SDGs back “on track” before the pandemic struck. With a world reeling from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, how will the HLPF build momentum for the 2030 Agenda as it moves online?

The International Institute for Sustainable Development invites you to a panel discussion and Q&A session the day after the Forum closes, answering:

• How did first virtual HLPF go?
• What challenges were identified and what themes emerged for moving forward with SDG implementation?
• Where does the 2030 Agenda go from here?

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

 

Journalism for the energy transition

Get our Newsletter
Join our Network
Find an interviewee