21 Jan 2021, 11:50
  • 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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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.


[Updated with t
he webinars of Columbia University, WBCSD, AHK Norwegen, pv magazine, ATA Insights, ICLEI, CAS2021, WRI, Aurora Energy Research]

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.


Coming up



20/01 - 21/01, 06.30 CET

Diginar - India's rising presence in Global Energy Scenario - From Global to Local

Organiser: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

11.00 IST/06.30 CET, both on 20 and 21 January

The diginar will focus on how progress in India's energy security scenario is co-dependent on the transformations that occur in the area of climate change and sustainable development goals (SDGs) with global and local implications. It is well known that geopolitical games have been played using conventional fuels as a bargaining chip and to assert power over other nations. Increasingly, similar overtures of geopolitical tussle are evident in the field of clean energy as well. Countries are competing in the technology and innovation space for raw materials and resources, and for cooperating with like-minded countries to move towards a cleaner world. This scenario is beneficial to further climate change goals, but the competition should not lead to further disparities among countries that are already divided into developed, developing and other categories within the climate debate.

Investing in resource base is considered a good mechanism to ensure long term supply of required energy sources. However India also needs to enhance its resource efficiency initiatives to strengthen its recovery and recycling sector to reduce primary resource use. The necessity to access technology, to engage in appropriate international collaboration, and to ensure adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency measures at a sectoral level is far more significant now for India while moving towards its recovery from the pandemic. Innovative measures in the energy sector may create more jobs and secure a green future for India. Countries that secure a low-carbon future may gain in global energy relations in the long term and also transform into formidable geopolitical player. With a decade to go for fulfilling Agenda 2030, India's future energy relations will need to take into cognizance not just resources but also the trickle down effects of energy choices at sub-national and at local level.

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

21/01, 10.30 CET

Webinar - Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act 2021 – What’s New?

Organiser: Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

21/01, 15.30 CET

Webinar - Europe’s hydrogen market: where’s hot and where are the biggest regulatory barriers?

Organiser: Aurora Energy Research

In this session, held in conjunction with CMS, Aurora Energy Research will discuss:

• The most attractive markets in Europe for investing in low-carbon hydrogen

• Regulations around hydrogen: which countries have the highest barriers to deploying hydrogen?

• The requirements surrounding a future hydrogen pipeline network

• The economics of hydrogen production and global imports: can imported hydrogen compete against domestic supply?

You can find more information and register here.

22/01, 10.00 CET

Online workshop - Green Transport in the Visegrad Region: 2020 achievements and 2030 targets

Organisers: REKK, AMO, SFPA, and the Jagiellonian Institute

As part of a common initiative of think tanks from the Visegrad Group countries - REKK (Hungary), AMO (Czech Republic), SFPA (Slovakia) and the Jagiellonian Institute (Poland) we are organizing an online workshop about green transport on January 22, 2021.

The aim of the workshop is to compare the V4 countries' experiences in the fields of green transport and the development of electromobility. During the workshop, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Railway transport as a part of the European Green Deal in a regional context
  • A comparative approach to green transport plans in V4 countries due to 2030 targets
  • Electromobility in V4 countries - main challenges

You can find more information and register via this link.

25 - 26/01

Webinar - Climate Adaption Summit 2021

Organiser: CAS2021

CAS 2021: Accelerating Adaptation Action

Our planet is getting warmer, which has a growing impact on our societies and economies. We need to adapt to a new, more extreme climate.

The online international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 on 25 and 26 January, hosted by the Netherlands, convenes global leaders and local stakeholders. It will see the launch of a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda that sets out clear commitments to deliver concrete new endeavors and partnerships to make our world more resilient to the effects of climate change.

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

25/01, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Lowering Emissions by Curtailing Renewables in Power Systems

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

To lower pollution, it became imperative to integrate as much renewable energies as possible in power systems. This has been translated into forcing the maximum production of variable renewable energy (VRE) ---wind and solar--- into power systems operation. The increasing operational costs to maximize the VRE output became the price to pay in order to lower pollution. However, here we show that it is a misconception that forcing VRE production always lowers pollution. We present some examples illustrating that, apart from increasing costs, forcing VRE production can also increase pollution.

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

26/01, 10.00 CET

Webinar - Solar Energy in MENA – Jordan: State of the Solar Energy Market

Organiser: ATA Insights

During the Covid-19 pandemic, a large decrease in electricity demand left Jordan with more electricity that demand could absorb. In this context, the Jordanian authorities deciding to disconnect all unsubsidized solar plants from the grid.In this webinar, we will analyze the consequences of this decision and how the government has finally opted to promote the use of solar energy.

  • Learn more about the project pipeline of solar projects in Jordan and how it is set to expand to 2400 MW by the end of 2021
  • Find out more about the government plants to promote solar energy in Jordan
  • Get an insider’s view on the role that batteries and other storage technologies are set to play in Jordan as they become increasingly affordable

You can find more information and register via this link.

26/01, 14.00 CET

Webinar - IRENA’s interactive tool for patent trends and international standards in RE

Organiser: 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 with the support of the European Patent Office EPO and WIPO. 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 patent 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 audience will be able to learn how to research patents and standards in different renewable energy technologies to identify innovation trends, front runner countries, and leading technology organisations.

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

26/01, 16.00 CET

Webinar - European Hydrogen Market Service - From near and far: the economics of hydrogen imports

Organiser: Aurora Energy Research

In this webinar Aurora will answer the following questions, summarising analysis in their latest report:

  • What is the cost of producing low-carbon hydrogen from natural gas and electrolysis within Europe, and in other global locations such as Chile, Morocco, Russia and Australia?
  • What are the various electrolyser business models, and their levelised production costs? We look at inflexible, off-peak, flexible, and co-located electrolysers
  • What are the ways in which hydrogen can be converted into a form suitable for transport? We explore the costs of five hydrogen ‘energy vectors’: compressed H2, liquefied H2, ammonia, methanol, and liquid organic hydrogen carriers
  • What are the costs of transporting these energy vectors? We analyse trucking, pipeline and sea freight
  • How competitive is imported hydrogen vs domestic hydrogen by 2030, considering all the costs involved?

You can find more information and register via this link.

26/01, 19.00 CET

Webinar - The Role of Renewable Natural Gas in State Climate Policy

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

13.00 ET

Join leading policy, industry, and technical experts in a discussion of renewable natural gas as a climate strategy and current experience, trends, and opportunities in U.S. states and regions.

Renewable natural gas (RNG), also known as biomethane or upgraded biogas, is growing in prominence as a strategy to help achieve state climate, waste management, and other sustainability goals. The number of projects producing RNG from organic wastes has increased dramatically in recent years, providing fuel for trucks, building appliances, and other downstream sources while lowering emissions in the process.

As the industry grows and state policies and incentives promoting RNG expand, questions remain on how easily projects can be deployed, the extent to which RNG can contribute to ambitious climate and environmental goals, and the trade-offs of supporting RNG versus alternative decarbonization strategies.

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

27/01, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Digitalization of energy infrastructure and data interoperability

Organiser: Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

Energy is not the only sector being transformed by digitalization. Other industries are equally being disrupted. In this online event, FSR will discuss with academics active in the telecom and healthcare sector:

  • why policymakers and regulators are well-advised to look beyond the boundaries of the energy sector.
  • what we can learn from the experiences with digitalisation in telecom and with interoperability in healthcare.
  • how we can successfully deliver on the promise of a digitalised citizen-centred energy sector.

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

27/01, 15.30 CET

Webinar - Norway and the EU after the German Council Presidency

Organiser: AHK Norwegen, German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19, the EU-budget, the rule of law, the climate, final negotiations on the future relationship with the United Kingdom, offering the US „a new deal” with the Biden administration – over an eventful six months, Germany’s Presidency has strengthened the European Union both internally and externally. The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. But the EU has also made crucial progress on other key issues thanks to an outward show of unity backed by inward solidarity. What is in for Norway?

The panel discussion will go beyond a stocktaking of the German Council Presidency and will look into the future. Questions will include:

- The European Union’ s position in the world after the German Presidency and before the upcoming elections in Norway and Germany.

- Covid-19, the vaccination programme, the Recovery Fund and its impact on the global economy

- The European Green Deal - how to implement it and lead the way towards global climate change mitigation.

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

27/01, 19.00 CET

Online roundtable - 2021 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment

Organiser: Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)

13.00 ET

Say hello to 2021 with the Society of Environmental Journalists' annual look ahead at the year's key energy and environmental issues. The "2021 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment" special report will be formally launched Jan. 27 at the 9th annual roundtable organized by the Society of Environmental Journalists. Hosted virtually by National Geographic Society and co-sponsored by the Wilson Center, the event will feature leading journalists offering their predictions for the year ahead, plus special guests to be announced.

You can find more information here. Registration info will be available soon.


Webinar - Carbon-neutrality: How can the EU and China co-operate to lead global climate change efforts?

Organiser: EURACTIV

As two high-ambition regions sharing a determination to live up to the objectives of the Paris Agreement, the EU and China are natural coalition partners. The EU wants to work closely with China to deploy a 'climate diplomacy' to share efforts with the rest of the world, especially with the biggest emitters. Together, they could exert strong pressure on other emitters to increase their ambitions, notably in Asia, a continent accounting for more than half of global emissions, but also in the Americas. It could turn 2021 into a successful year for climate action, culminating in COP-26 in November in Glasgow.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss how the EU and China can work together to drive the global fight against climate change.

You can find more information here.

28/01, 12.00 CET

Webinar - Carbon Prices versus Regulatory Standards: Which are Better for Equity?

Organiser: Oxford University, Institute for New Economic Thinking

Carbon pricing is the most efficient instrument to reduce emissions. However, the geographical and sectoral coverage of substantial carbon pricing is low, often due to concerns that pricing may increase economic inequality. Regulatory standards such as fuel economy standards are more popular. But do they have an equity advantage over carbon pricing? We develop two new formal models to identify economic situations, in which standards could be preferred over carbon pricing. First, this webinar proves that an efficiency standard can be more equitable than carbon pricing when consumers exhibit a preference for high-carbon technology attributes. Second, they show theoretically, and by means of a numerical application to the UK transport sector, that intensity standards are preferable when richer households consume more goods with higher carbon intensity. The results hold when the revenue from carbon pricing is not very progressively redistributed. These insights can help advance decarbonisation when pricing remains unpopular.

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

28/01, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Pricing structures & trends for corporate renewable PPAs

Organiser: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The COVID-19 pandemic saw wholesale electricity prices crash and rebound around the world in 2020. For companies procuring renewable power, how has power purchase agreement (PPA) pricing held up? And what can we expect for PPA pricing structures in 2021? Join us for an interactive discussion on pricing structures & trends for corporate PPAs.

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

29/01, 10.00 CET

Webinar - Using data in cities for the green transition

Organiser: International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

The European Green Deal and the recovery efforts following the COVID-19 pandemic have added impetus to the work already started in cities around the world that are pushing for more sustainable urban areas. One approach to delivering on sustainability goals that cities are beginning to utilise, is urban data platforms that allow cities to understand and adapt their urban systems relating to energy, mobility, environmental efforts and more. This webinar presents the key lessons from a detailed study on urban data platforms across Europe and shares four best-case examples to inspire participants.

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

01/02, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Towards a Hydrogen Economy: Cost and Policy Prospects

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

09.00 ET

This webinar aims to introduce the basics of the hydrogen market, as well as to outline the broad opportunities and constraints for the sector in the coming decades. It will also focus on assumptions about the future hydrogen market towards EU decarbonization and about technological costs of hydrogen supply. Finally, it will look into the applicable regulatory framework for hydrogen networks and the geopolitical and energy security challenges that may emerge within a future commoditized market model for hydrogen.

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

02/02, 18.00 CET

Webinar - Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage

Organiser: Columbia University, The Center on Global Energy Policy

12.00 ET

Can carbon from plants and algae be stored underground to help fight climate change? Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) has been part of the global climate dialogue for decades, although critics have argued that its potential is modest and risks are considerable. On January 28, the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum will release a roadmap by two Center on Global Energy Policy scholars, David Sandalow and Dr. Julio Friedmann, and several co-authors proposing a new framework for addressing this topic and introducing a new term – biomass carbon removal and storage (BiCRS).

The Center on Global Energy Policy will host a panel of experts to explore the technical potential for carbon removal and storage using biomass and discuss how these processes can be implemented in ways that promote food security, rural livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and other important values, and standards and policies that would help them achieve their full potential, drawing on this new roadmap.

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

03/02, 14.00 CET

Webinar - The Regulation of Power-to-Gas Facilities and Regulatory Sandboxes

Organiser: Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

The envisaged massive increase in electrolyser capacity in the EU calls for clarity on the regulatory approach to these installations and, more generally, to power-to-gas facilities.

In this Debate, we intend to identify the best regulatory approach to power-to-gas facilities, and the potential use of regulatory sandboxes for this purpose.

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

04/02, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Meeting the expectation of a 30+ PV project operation lifetime, from the ground up

Organiser: pv magazine

Utility scale solar developers are increasingly factoring in very long project lifetimes in their financial models. Given this, expectations for the durability of the components have never been higher. The mounting structure is literally the component on which the weight of these expectations rest – whether fixed tilt or single-axis tracker. But is the material from which the mounting structure is constructed built to last 25, 30 or even more years in the field?

Having supplied some 15 to 20 GW of PV projects with the extremely durable Magnelis® steel, the team from ArcelorMittal have built an unparalleled track record in supplying long-lived PV assets. Additionally, the world’s biggest steel supplier has up to 10 years of field data from solar projects across three continents, which will be presented in this free pv magazine Webinar, as well as new insights into accessing and deploying highly durable PV mounting structures including:

- How the Magnelis® product range has been enlarged to supply a range of different site specificities– both in terms of the steel coating and grade.

- How the production footprint of Magnelis® steel has been expanded to meet global PV market needs.

- Insights from testing in offshore locations – for the supply of floating PV applications.

- The results of third-party testing and certification programs of the Magnelis® product range.

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



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