28 Jul 2021, 12:30
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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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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 webinars from IAEE, ATA Insights, TERI, WRI, ICLEI, CBI, Agora Energiwende and ACF]

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 are according to European summertime.



03/08, 11.30 CET

Webinar - The Role of Natural Gas in India's Energy Transition

Organiser: Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

15.00 IST

Natural gas is one of the big bets for India’s energy transition. Multiple efforts, including large-scale investments, have been undertaken to increase the share of natural gas in the primary energy mix to 15 per cent by 2030. However, moving to a gas-based economy would have implications on the country’s jobs, growth, sustainability, and decarbonisation objectives.

In this session, CEEW will discuss the role of natural gas in India's energy transition story, the ‘one nation, one gas grid’ vision, and the uncertainties related to this future.

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

04/08, 12.00 CET

Webinar - Transforming to a Net-Zero Emissions Scenarios

Organiser: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

15.30 IST

The 'Industry Charter for Near Zero Emission Ambition by 2050' has emerged as an important step for the Indian industry to voluntarily commit to decarbonisation measures and to work together in key thematic areas that can make a 'zero carbon' future a reality for India. To support the principles of the Charter, the TERI Council of Business Sustainability is hosting a series of Knowledge Webinars that will share latest insights with practitioners and leaders of Indian industry.

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

05/08, 11.30 CET

Webinar - The Power of Resilience: Developing Local Sustainable Finance

Organiser: Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI)

Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) has joined the programme Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030), a 10-year long initiative to strengthen the resilience of cities around the world.   This webinar brings together the main organisations supporting cities and municipalities around the world, as well as partners of the MCR2030. They will discuss how the challenges and opportunities for cities to become greener are impacted by the pandemic, and how resilience can set the tone and pace of developing sustainable finance.

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

05/08, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Just 3 Months Until COP26: How Are National Climate Plans Stacking Up?

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

The UNFCCC has a deadline of July 31 for countries to submit new national climate commitments under the Paris Agreement (known as Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs) for the plans to be included in a synthesis report coming out ahead of the COP26 climate negotiations this November. Over 90 countries have submitted their plans already (see WRI’s NDC Tracker), and more plans will likely come in to meet the UNFCCC’s deadline. Additionally, on August 9 IPCC will release a new major climate science report that will offer insights on where the world stands in limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Join World Resources Institute on August 5 for an overview of national climate action three months ahead of the COP26 negotiations.

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

09/08, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Climate and Power System Reliability in the Aftermath of the Texas (ERCOT) Blackouts

Organiser: Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

Climate changes and policies are stressing the power grid while increasing its role in electrification of transportation, heating, and industrial processes. The recent catastrophic blackout in Texas (ERCOT) has underscored the importance of power system reliability and raises questions regarding markets, grid weatherization, renewable energy sources, among others. In this webinar, four speakers discuss these issues and their long-term economic and policy implications for the power sector.

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

10/08, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Financing South Africa's Energy Transition: Unlocking Viable Economic Investments for an African New Deal

Organisers: Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), Agora Energiewende and the African Climate Foundation (ACF)

The webinar aims to cover key topics on energy transition in Africa, the role of green finance, the potential for an African new green deal, and highlight case studies from around the world.

Supported by Agora and hosted in collaboration with the African Climate Foundation, the event will also mark the launch of the “Green Bonds in South Africa: How Green Bonds Can Support South Africa’s Energy Transition” Report, providing key insights to market practitioners in climate finance and renewable energy.

The webinar will provide the foundational steps for surfacing new narratives and approaches for policymakers to begin to incorporate wider development questions into climate change policy formulation processes, with the aim to:

- Shift the narrative on transition for Africa to leadership and ambition
- Shape the global discourse on Just Transition
- Catalyse large emitters to use climate finance to finance a credible and ambitious transition

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

11/08, 16.00 CET

Webinar - The Transition to Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

In this webinar, IAEE presents a new model of the value chain of Carbon Capture, transport and Storage (CCS) by focusing on the decisions taking by actors involved in either capture, transport or storage of CO2.

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

18/08, 09.00 CET

Webinar - UrbanByNature China Webinar #2: Enabling conditions and barriers to implementing Nature-based Solutions

Organiser: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

The second UrbanByNature (UbN) China webinar will focus on STEP2/EXPLORE of the UbN programme. Speakers from Connecting Nature, CLEVER Cities and China will share their experiences in identifying the enabling conditions and overcoming the barriers to urban NBS implementation.

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

18/08, 16.00 CET

Webinar - From Paris to Glasgow: International Climate Agreements and Energy Transition

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

The Paris Agreement on climate change has been ratified by 187 countries and 137 countries have committed to carbon neutrality. This webinar will discuss the impact of international climate agreements on global energy transition from the perspectives of law, economics and international relations. In particular, how can the nationally determined contributions be unified to produce the global public goods of net zero emissions? What is the relationship between international agreements and national actions? What can we expect from the COP26 which is due to take place in Glasgow later this year? Given China’s recent commitment to carbon neutrality by 2060 and the Biden administration’s target of net zero by 2050, the panellists will also talk specifically about China’s carbon neutrality target with a focus on the role of coal and the US actions.

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

23/08, 16.00 CET

Webinar - WindNODE – Showcasing smart energy systems from north-eastern Germany

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

The WindNODE joint project was the biggest German consortium for R&D efforts to shape the “second phase of the energy transition”. It was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) from January 2017 to March 2021 as part of the "Smart Energy Showcase - Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition" (SINTEG) program. In 50 different sub-projects, more than 70 partners from industry, business and academia worked on model solutions for the 100 percent renewable, smart energy system of the future. The webinar will summarize the key insights of this landmark project, grouped into four focus areas of action:

  • Identifying flexibility options: we have found abundant technical potential in industry, businesses und sector coupling.
  • Developing use cases for flexibility: the economic potential for flexibility is challenging, highly dependent on the regulatory framework. We took advantage from Germany’s first “regulatory sandbox” for energy R&D projects, and we developed an innovative flexibility platform.
  • Creating value from energy data: model solutions for the digitalization in the energy space.
  • Living lab: blueprints, narratives and dissemination – making the energy transition tangible and exciting.

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

24/08. 19.00 CET

Webinar - New Approaches Large Energy Buyers Can Take to Transform & Decarbonize the Grid

Organiser: World Resourxes Institute (WRI)

Large energy buyers—including companies, cities and institutional customers—have a critical role to play in achieving a carbon-free grid. While they have driven a substantial amount of new renewable energy capacity in recent years, large energy buyers can still take a variety of other actions to help facilitate the substantial grid transformation needed this decade. Some buyers are starting to undertake more advanced purchasing and energy use practices that match clean energy generation to their energy use, including the use of energy storage, load shifting and carbon-free generation sources that can operate at all hours of the day. Some are also beginning to encourage clean energy policy and grid investments, adoption of new clean energy technologies, and approaches that help ensure an equitable and just transition to clean energy.

This webinar will highlight findings from WRI's new issue brief, which focuses on advanced actions like these that large energy buyers can take to reach a 100% carbon free grid. It will also feature presentations from Google and the City of Des Moines on how they developed and pursued their own 24/7 clean energy targets.

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


Webinar - Developing Minigrid Projects in Nigeria

Organiser: ATA Insights

Nigeria has long been considered the Giant of Africa, having the biggest economy and more than 200 million people. However, more than 40% of its inhabitants currently live without electricity and this problem only gets worst in rural communities.

In this webinar, you will learn more about Nigeria’s plans to deploy minigrids as part of its plan to increase access to electricity to 90% by 2030 and at least 10% of renewable energy mix by 2025.

  • Learn about the Rural Electrification Agency’s Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP)(currently underway), dedicated exclusively to enhance mini grid and off-grid access in Nigeria. 
  • Find out more about the social and economic benefits of minigrids while ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.
  • Get access to real case-studies of mini-grid projects in Nigeria

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




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