19 Feb 2024, 16:55
  • Milou
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    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!

 LAST UPDATE 19/02
[Updated with webinars from FSR, INET Oxford, CGEP]

19/02, 09.30 CET

Webinar - The EU’s Carbon management strategy and the path to 2040

Organiser: Euractiv

Join this Euractiv Virtual Conference to discuss where we stand on the road to reaching the target of 50 million tonnes of CO2 stored by 2030. Questions to be addressed include:
- Is the Communication on industrial carbon management enough to raise awareness about the role of CCS?
- How challenging is the business case for building a better transport and storage infrastructure?
- What kind of policy support would be needed for appropriate transport and storage infrastructure to be put in place?

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

20/02, 14.00 CET

Webinar - International trade and green hydrogen

Organiser: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Renewable energy, particularly green hydrogen, stands as a critical element in the transition away from fossil fuels, addressing challenges in sectors like industrial processes, shipping, and aviation. The webinar explores the nexus between trade policies and the development of green hydrogen markets, based on the recent joint report between the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The session will highlight the potential of international trade in balancing supply and demand for green hydrogen and the role of trade policies in fostering the development of green hydrogen supply chains, acknowledging the significance of global collaboration. It will also explore the challenges and opportunities presented to developing economies by green hydrogen and its derivatives, emphasizing the need for harmonized regulatory frameworks to stimulate technology development, enhance transparency, and fuel market growth.

Featured speakers:

  • Svetlana Chobanova, Legal Officer, Trade and Environment Division, WTO
  • Luis Janeiro, Team Lead, End-use sectors, IRENA

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

20/02, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Grid Curtailment in Spain: How much money can you lose?

Organiser: Aurora Energy Research

Since 2022, non-compensated grid curtailment has significantly impacted renewable energy across Spain. The costs for managing the grid skyrocketed in 2023, exceeding 2 billion €. More notably, non-compensated curtailments accounted for over 1% of total renewable generation in both 2022 and 2023. These curtailments, however, vary by location, with some plants in specific provinces experiencing curtailment rates higher than 10%. As grid curtailment becomes a critical issue for renewable energy developers in Spain, it is essential to address and understand its implications.

In this webinar, our team will:

  • Present the challenges faced by the Spanish power system,
  • Explore the locations and technologies most affected by curtailment, and
  • Discuss key factors influencing future grid curtailment scenarios.

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

20/02, 15.30 CET

Webinar - From Dubai to Belem: A High-Level Dialogue on Strengthening National Climate Commitments (NDCs)

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

With the conclusion of the Global Stocktake, the climate negotiations in Dubai kickstarted preparations for the next round of national climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, due by early 2025 ahead of COP30 in Belem, Brazil. These future climate plans – or NDCs – should incorporate ambitious sectoral measures, from scaling up renewables, transitioning away from oil and gas and shifting off of fossil-free transport. Critically, the plans need to include targets that achieve deep emission cuts by 2035, the year by which the IPCC and the COP28 outcome say global emission levels need to be slashed by 60% to keep the 1.5 C goal within reach.

Current efforts are still far off the mark. Record-breaking temperatures and climate disasters affecting people around the globe reinforce the urgency for countries to step forward with bold climate plans, and for developing countries to gain access to the finance needed to adapt to increasingly severe climate impacts and transition to cleaner sources of energy.

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

21/02, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Loss and Damage Fund and UNEP’s Adaptation Gap Report

Organiser: Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

The theme of the session will be to understand UNEP’s work on the Loss and Damage Fund and the historic decision at the most recent COP, as well as the publication by UNEP on the Adaptation Gap Report, 2022.

The FSR Talks series monthly invites policy-makers and academics to talk about relevant topics related to energy and climate regulation addressed to a global audience. It is co-hosted by Part-time Professor Lucila de Almeida representing the European University Institute/Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies/Florence School of Regulation ((EUI/RSCAS/FSR), Carol Awuor from the African School of Regulation (ASR), and Swetha Ravi Kumar from FSR Global based in India.

Speaker: Dr. Alvin CHANDRA, Global Coordinator for Adaption Policy and Partnerships, oversees the Global Adaptation Network, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

Invited discussant: Prof. Ginevra Le Moli, Part-time Professor EUI/RSCAS/FSR

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

21/02, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Cross-continental collaborations for environmental investigations: How to plan your stories

Organiser: Journalismfund Europe

Setting up cross-border — let alone cross-continental — teamwork among a few journalists can be a challenge, and it is not only about sharing data properly. Let’s talk about good practices in this field. During this session Gustavo Faleiros, Director of Environmental Investigations at the Pulitzer Center, will share what kind of guidelines have been established by their editors to enable quality collaboration and great investigation results.

He will specifically look at the examples of how challenging projects of the Rainforest Investigations Network and the Oceans Reporting Network, hosted by the Pulitzer Center, were made successful through implementation of those practices.

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

22/02, 09.30 CET

Webinar - The CRCF trilogues and the Industrial Carbon Management strategy: where are we headed?

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

In 2023, the policy framework related to CCUS and carbon removal technologies gained considerable momentum in the European Union thanks to the new legislative proposals developed by the European Commission, such as the Certification Framework for Carbon Removals (CRCF) and the announcement of an ‘Industrial Carbon Management’ strategy, alongside other pieces of legislation.

In 2024, important developments in these two files are expected, as the ordinary procedure related to the CRCF should come to an end and the Industrial Carbon Management strategy will be published. The roundtable will discuss key developments on the two proposals and provide an opportunity to exchange views on how it addresses concerns from stakeholders.

This roundtable aims to discuss the most recent developments of the two files since trilogues on the CRCF are expected to start beginning next year, while the Industrial Carbon Management strategy should be published in the first quarter. This will be an opportunity for stakeholders to bring up issues and better understand how the policy framework related to CCUS and carbon removal methods will develop.

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

22/02, 15.30 CET

Webinar - Econometric Forecasting of climate change

Organiser: The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School (INET Oxford)

Extreme weather events occurring around the world are a daily reminder that our climate is rapidly changing due to human activity. The long-term pattern of weather, or climate, is determined by human behaviour interacting with the physical properties of Earth’s climate system. To understand how the climate is changing and prepare for the future, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation, we need accurate forecasts of the climate. However, human behaviour is non-stationary from both stochastic trends and location shifts. Consequently, the time-series data generated by the interaction of humanity and the climate are non-stationary from distributional and trend shifts, resulting in forecasts that are uncertain and prone to failure howsoever they are generated. The success of forecasts made by either climate scientists or econometricians hinges on the ability to handle unanticipated shifts as climate change is characterised by `the change in the change’. While unanticipated changes cannot be avoided, they later become in-sample, so empirical modelling must take account of those to avoid distortions in parameter estimates and the resulting forecasts. It is important to identify and model location shifts as doing so improves the verisimilitude of the model and its forecasts. Using indicator saturation estimators to capture in-sample shifts, improved econometric models and their forecasts can be achieved, as demonstrated within a system of four of the key climate variables, atmospheric CO2, global mean surface temperature deviations, ocean heat content deviations and global sea-level rise.

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

26/02, 17.05 CET

Webinar - The Social Value of Offsets

Organiser: The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School (INET Oxford)

It is unclear how much carbon should be stored in temporary and risky offsets to compensate one ton of CO2 emissions. Here we cast the social value of an offset (SVO), measured in terms of economic damages avoided, as a well-defined fraction of the social cost of carbon reflecting offset duration, and risks of non-additionality and failure. The SVO reflects the value of temporary storage, and overcomes shortcomings in the climate science and economics of previous contributions1,2,3,4. The SVO is policy relevant. An efficient net-zero policy will consist of offsets if their SVO/cost ratio exceeds the benefit/cost ratio of alternatives. The SVO yields an indicator of the equivalence of offsets to permanent carbon storage measured by the ratio of the SVO to the social cost of carbon. We provide a matrix of equivalence factors for different risks, permanence and climate scenarios. Estimation yields a rule of thumb: one offset sequestering one ton for 50 years is equivalent to between 0.33 and 0.5 tons permanently locked away. Equivalence offers a means of replacing perpetual offset contracts by simpler, easy to monitor short-term contracts, has applications to carbon life cycle analysis5 and the valuation of carbon debts6, and can be the basis of comparing offsets of different qualities in the voluntary and compliance markets.

You can find more information here and go directly to the Zoom meeting via this link.

27/02, 10.30 CET

Webinar - Facilitating green loans for a sustainable energy transition in Pakistan

Organiser: Agora Energiewende

The global shift towards sustainable transportation and clean energy sources has sparked increased interest in electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy solutions. As countries strive to curb greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change, green lending schemes and concessional renewable energy financing facilities have gained traction in promoting renewable energy deployment worldwide.

In this context, Agora Energiewende and the Policy Research Institute for Equitable Development (PRIED) have collaborated on a study to examine tailored financing facilities aimed at boosting the expansion of distributed solar photovoltaics (DSPV) and EVs in Pakistan. Our findings reveal that green lending is still in its infancy, with only a small fraction of banks currently providing financing for EVs and DSPV systems. This limitation arises from regulatory constraints that govern green lending facilities. This is compounded by banks' perceived concerns about high default risk and low profitability associated with renewable energy technology, for example, which also hinder broader initiatives. Moreover, these perceived risks by financial institutions lead to the securitization of loans, further undermining the equitable distribution of green loans.

By identifying key shortcomings in current lending facilities and proposing improvements, our goal is to drive the adoption of sustainable energy systems not only in Pakistan but also in other similar regional countries. We invite you to join us for a webinar where we will unveil the results of our analysis and engage in discussions with key stakeholders from Pakistan.

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

28/02, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Developing incentives for innovation by network companies: insights from Germany

Organiser: Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

In this FSR Insights, prof. Gert Brunekreeft will present his recent perspectives on incentive regulation for network companies, exploring in particular how specific innovation’s external or internal effects may call for different regulatory tools. Brunekreeft will also focus on regulatory tools promoting experiments and discuss the recent German experience (see his contributions here and here).

Innovation in energy networks is a non-negotiable ingredient for the energy transition. The shift to an energy mix dominated by renewable energy sources and the gradual electrification of final uses already challenge the traditional approach to grid planning and operation today. Network companies, either at the transmission or distribution level, must innovate to ensure cost containment, security of supply, and timely service delivery to their users.

However, network companies are heavily regulated businesses that react to the incentives and constraints introduced by regulators and policy-makers. Ensuring a regulatory framework conducive to innovation has been a long-standing focus of discussion. Countries in Europe and elsewhere have adopted different approaches to regulatory experimentation in energy, and a growing amount of evidence is now available on their efficacy (see, among others, Schittekatte et al., 2021).

Innovation is not a monolith; on the contrary, different types of innovation exist and are characterised by different features. Understanding these distinctions is crucial when selecting and designing regulatory tools to drive innovation in network companies. Brunekreeft will elaborate on this, discussing a market facilitation incentive mechanism, a digitalisation budget that applies sharing factors, and three alternative ways to enable risk-taking by network companies.

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

28/02, 15.30 CET

Webinar - Granular technologies to accelerate decarbonisation

Organiser: The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School (INET Oxford)

Granular energy technologies that scale through replication have smaller unit sizes and costs than lumpier large-scale alternatives. Under certain conditions, more granular technologies are empirically associated with faster diffusion, lower investment risk, faster learning, more opportunities to escape lock-in, more equitable access, more job creation, and higher social returns on innovation investment. In combination, these advantages enable more rapid change. Unit scale is a readily available criterion for assessing whether net-zero pathways, clean energy innovation portfolios, or the fiscal stimulus mobilised following the pandemic can deliver accelerated decarbonisation.

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

29/02,12.00CET              

Webinar - Just Transition Finance: Pathways for Banking and Insurance

Organiser: UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) published at COP28 a report guiding banks and insurance companies in supporting a just transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies. Just Transition Finance: Pathways for Banking and Insurance details key elements helping banks and insurers to become enablers of a just and inclusive transition illustrated by examples of emerging practices.

During this webinar, speakers will present key recommendations from the report, highlight examples of what pioneering banks and insurance companies are already doing, and discuss the challenges and the way forward towards a just transition. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share feedback and ask questions about the report.

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

29/02, 20.00 CET

Webinar - How U.S. Cities and Counties Are Accelerating the Deployment of EV Charging Infrastructure

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Supercharged by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, the U.S. is rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles. But access to EV charging remains a key challenge, especially within underserved communities. Cities, towns and counties are at the frontlines of this transition and are actively planning for and deploying charging infrastructure across their communities. This webinar will share experiences and lessons learned from recent peer-learning cohorts run by WRI in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Energy to Communities program.

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

01/03, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Climate Justice Series: Resource Extraction and Energy Equity

Orgamoser: The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

 

At a time when India is increasing both its reliance on renewables and coal mining to meet energy demand, it faces deep challenges in ensuring its transition is equitable and just. On March 1, please join us for “Resource Extraction and Energy Equity,” an event where we will explore the current situation in India, what policies are being proposed, and the future of marginalized coal-communities. 

This event is the latest installment of a series examining social and economic justice issues related to climate change and the energy transition in India. It is co-sponsored by the India Program at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia SIPA, the Ambedkar Initiative at the Institute for Comparative Literature & Society, the SIPA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Climate & Engagement (DEICE) Committee, Columbia Climate School, and South Asia Institute.

This session will feature two experts whose research and reporting in the coal heartlands of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh bring attention to the importance of bottom-up engagement in shaping just transitions

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

04/03, 17.05 CET

Webinar - Riding the Waves: Adaptation to Extreme Temperatures in a Changing Climate

Organiser: The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School (INET Oxford)

Will climate change worsen U.S. inequality? Focusing on the direct effects of changes in temperature in the U.S., this paper develops an Aiyagari-style heterogeneous agent model to study the distributional impacts of climate change across income groups. Households can adapt to temperature by using capital and energy for heating and cooling. The model replicates empirical relationships between energy budget shares, energy expenditures, and income. A key insight from the model is that the outdoor temperature acts as a transfer from nature to households. Extreme temperatures correspond to reductions in transfers from nature and thus have higher welfare cost for lower income households. Consequently, climate change is generally regressive in hot regions of the U.S., where it leads to more extreme temperatures and progressive in cold regions, where it leads to fewer extreme temperatures. Households in the lower income deciles break this pattern because climate change affects whether these households purchase both heating and cooling capital or can specialize in a single type of energy capital.

You can find more information here and go directly to the Zoom meeting via this link.

 

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