08 May 2023, 15:45
  • 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

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 16/05
[Updated with webinars from FSR, IAEE, INET Oxford, EURACTIV, WRI, Agora Energiewende]

All times listed are in accordance with European summer time (CEST).

24/05, 11.00 CET

Webinar - Breaking free from fossil gas: A new path to a climate-neutral Europe

Organiser: Agora Energiewende

Despite REPowerEU’s focus on the need to reduce fossil gas consumption and diversify fossil gas supplies in the 2030 perspective, the EU has not gone as far as to explicitly draw a pathway out of fossil gas. Alternatives to fossil gas such as biomethane and renewable hydrogen are also being strongly supported in the very short term, while no impact assessment has been carried out to assess the sustainability and trade-offs of such a strategy.

The 1,5 hour webinar will be held in englisch and includes a Q&A session with the audience at the end.

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

24/05, 15.00 CET

Webinar - The Energy Market Design Proposal: risking re-regulating the Internal Market?

Organiser: Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

The Commission’s proposal to revise the EU’s Electricity Market Design is one of the most important legislative acts tabled under this College.

It has a number of key objectives including;

  • protecting customers from energy poverty, inflation, and future price shocks,
  • energy security – notably protecting against insufficient hedging by both customers and suppliers, as well as improved access of TSOs to flexibility;
  • access of customers to low-cost RES through energy communities and sharing, two-way contracts for differences and power purchase agreements,
  • functioning of the market, notably via the improved operation of forward markets, and
  • updating REMIT.

The Commission has proposed to maintain a clear market-based approach, with the Internal Electricity Market containing to be founded on marginal pricing and not envisaging to grandfather inframarginal price caps or permit single buyer type models. However, certain Member States have argued for a more interventionist option, for example with the possibility to impose regulated prices on certain existing assets.

The event will be hosted by Andris Piebalgs and Christopher Jones, FSR. Leonardo Meeus, the Director of FSR, will present the conclusions of his recently published paper on these issues, followed by comments from Catharina Sikow-Magny, Director of DG Energy, and a discussion with key actors in the forthcoming debate.

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

25/05, 14.30 CET

Webinar - COP28 and Beyond: How to Meet the Needs of Climate-Vulnerable Countries

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

At COP28, the UN will conclude its first ever Global Stocktake – a two-year process to show how far we’ve come in the fight against climate change and accelerate us toward where we need to be. Global climate efforts are currently far off course, and no one is at more risk than the vulnerable communities in the Global South who are facing a mounting debt crisis and have few resources to respond to escalating climate impacts.

What climate-vulnerable countries need at the COP28 climate summit in the UAE is a major course correction. The Global Stocktake must prompt countries to adopt commitments that rapidly decarbonize all sectors, promote adaptation, scale up climate finance and make the case for far more resources to address loss and damage.

Join the Allied for Climate Transformation by 2025 (ACT2025) consortium for a high-level webinar where policymakers and advocates will set clear expectations for a positive outcome at COP28 that meets the needs of climate-vulnerable countries. During the event, ACT2025 partners from around the world will show where action is possible. Speakers will also outline key moments to watch.

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

25/05, 14.30 CET

Webinar - The Critical Raw Materials Act – What opportunities for EU technology providers?

Organiser: EURACTIV

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the implications of the EU’s Critical Raw Material Act for European industry and technology providers, and how extraction, processing and recycling of critical raw materials by European companies can be supported. Questions to be discussed include:
- What are the prospects for a critical raw materials “club” in the current complex geopolitical context?
- What is needed to ramp up sustainable exploration in the EU and ensure the required acceptance?
- How can Member States and private companies be supported in maximising the recovery and reuse of critical raw materials?
- How effective can the CRMA be in monitoring and mitigating risks of disruptions to the supply chain as well as enhancing circularity and sustainability?

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

29/05,19.00CET      

Webinar - What net zero means for Canadian energy jobs

Organiser: Clean Energy Canada

Canada’s clean energy sector is made up of companies and workers that help reduce carbon pollution, whether by generating clean energy, helping move it, reducing energy consumption, or developing low-carbon technologies. It is a truly pan-Canadian sector, from the assembler producing electric vehicles in Windsor, to the construction worker building energy-efficient housing in Yellowknife, or the lineworker building power lines that will help electrify our lives.

The energy transition represents a huge opportunity for Canadian energy workers. But success is not inevitable, and challenges lie ahead—from the risk of climate policy rollbacks to potential skills and labour shortages.

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

31/05, 14.30 CET

Hybrid event - Advancing Europe’s Net-Zero Industry: How the race for fossil-free competitive energy will reshape manufacturing value-chains

Organiser: EURACTIV

Wind, solar, hydrogen, electric vehicles, next-generation construction – these are the technologies that will drive the EU towards net zero and they are all built on steel.

As a critical input for building clean tech infrastructure, the EU steel sector is the key to deliver on the decarbonisation of the broader European economy. It is also a crucial moment to deliver on its decarbonisation across its manufacturing base and ensure the competitiveness of its 60 green steel projects by 2030.

However, these efforts require joined-up thinking in industrial policy as much as they demand sustainable, reliable, low-carbon energy. The U.S. has shown a possible way forward with the Inflation Reduction Act.

Join this EUROFER Conference to discuss about those pressing issues with CEOs and business leaders from the entire manufacturing value chain, in particular across the steel, renewables and electrolysers sectors, as well as with senior officials and policymakers charged with accelerating Europe’s green transition.

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

31/05, 16.00 CET

Webinar - CLEW Masterclass: How to report on climate adaptation

Organiser: Clean Energy Wire (CLEW)

Register now! In the face of ever more destructive heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, and floods, adaptation remains a keystone of climate action. Cities, regions, and entire countries across the globe must act now to prepare for the full impact of rising temperatures on their citizens, infrastructure, economy, and ecosystems – while journalists play a critical role in drawing attention to the issues at stake. In our online masterclass, which is part of Clean Energy Wire’s package on climate adaptation, authors and editors will share experiences, tips, and lessons learnt from researching and writing about this topic. This webinar is the first in a series of CLEW Masterclasses for journalists. Additional events on reporting company climate pledges, the shift to low-carbon heating, and others are to follow.

You can find more information and register via this link.

07/06, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Stranded Asset Risk and Political Uncertainty

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

The energy industry plays a crucial role in mitigating climate change. However, transitioning from a carbon-intensive to a net-zero economy cannot be solely the responsibility of the industry. It requires sound policies and adequate financial support to be successful. The industry faces uncertainty in climate policies, which poses one of the biggest threats as sudden changes can lead to stranded investments. This uncertainty also increases the cost of financing new green technologies and makes the transition less economically attractive. Moreover, the risk of stranded assets can spill over to the financial sector, endangering the economy's financial stability. The cost and benefits of the energy transition will be borne by society as a whole, and unfortunately, the cost may be realized by the most vulnerable groups sooner. While the transition will eventually benefit mankind, the necessary costs threaten the way of life for many people today. Policymakers must make sound decisions for climate and energy policy, considering the complex relationship between the dimensions of the transition.

The aim of this webinar is to provide an overview of the energy transition's dimensions and its consequences. The topic from an energy economic, societal, policy, and financial perspective will be discussed, with a focus on how these levels interact with each other. The panelists will provide opening statements on their research, followed by a panel discussion on stakeholder actions to avoid an unorderly transition that may result in economic and societal costs.

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

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