23 Jan 2023, 17:00
  • 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 23/01
[Updated with webinars from SIPA, pv magazine, T&E, EURACTIV, SEI, ATA Insights, ERCST, DCE and Journalismfund.eu]

30/01, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Jet fuel quality: Tackling non-CO2 effects and air pollution

Organiser: Transport & Environment (T&E)

In 2020 the European Aviation Safety Agency published a landmark report which confirmed that non-CO2 effects account for two-thirds of aviation’s total climate impact. However, action on non-CO2 effects is still not accelerating fast enough.

One crucial way to reduce the non-CO2 effects of aviation is to improve the quality of jet fuel. This involves removing the aromatics content in the fuel through hydrotreatment. It is a low cost solution and already a well-established practice for improving the quality of road diesel and petrol.

While the cost of hydrotreating jet fuel is low, the benefits are extensive, not just for the climate but also for public health. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that improving fuel quality also improves air quality, especially around airports.

There will be three presentations in this webinar. MEP for The Greens/EFA Jutta Paulus will speak on the political state of play around the non-CO2 effects of aviation and the climate benefits of low aromatic fuels. Jasper Faber from CE Delft will present preliminary findings from a new study on the climate and social benefits of hydrotreating jet fuel. Carlos López de la Osa from Transport and Environment will present preliminary findings from a new study on the health and air quality benefits of hydrotreated jet fuels.

In the second half of the webinar there will be a roundtable discussion on the feasibility of hydrotreating jet fuel to reduce its aromatic content.

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

31/01, 09.00 CET

Webinar - Small scale district heating with renewable energy sources - Experiences of Hungarian municipalities

Organiser: Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research  (REKK Foundation)

- in Hungarian -

The drastic increase in energy prices experienced in recent years has led many municipalities to consider converting their heating systems to renewable energy sources in order to make their local energy supply more independent, greener and to increase security of supply. But what are the options and how to start the path towards community heating based on renewable energy sources? At the online workshop we will look at how to replace individual gas heating with small-scale district heating systems based on biomass, geothermal or other renewable energy sources.

At the workshop, participants will hear about the experiences of successful completed geothermal and biomass projects, and learn about OGRE, a new Hungarian geothermal database. The presentations will be followed by a round table discussion with experts in the design, construction and operation of geothermal and biomass heating systems to discuss the main challenges and possible solutions for the transition to renewable heating.

You can find more information and register via this link.

31/01, 10.00 CET

Webinar - Green Public Procurement: a lever to accelerate the green transition

Organiser: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Join SEI experts for an online discussion 31 January on Green Public Procurement in the EU, in which they will present the latest research on green purchasing policies and related solutions that governments can adopt to accelerate decarbonization in their countries and meet climate goals.

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

31/01, 19.00 CET

Webinar - Supporting SDG policy and budget decisions backed by science and expertise

Organiser: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

In 2022, an unprecedented global review of scientific evidence, published by Cambridge University Press, showed the political impact of the SDGs has been limited. Scientists have found that the “transformation” brought on by the Goals has been mainly a rhetorical one – affecting the way people understand and communicate about sustainable development, but not so much how they do things.

This virtual side event to the ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2023 will address how the spirit of the SDGs as the world’s first effort to bring together all dimensions of sustainable development can be upheld in the second half of implementation and how to avoid questionable cherry-picking of goals. We will also discuss how science partners can support the need to be more practical and more focused. The good features of the SDGs – comprehensiveness, universality, integrated thinking – should be used in ways that respond to real-world policy needs. The discussions at the side event will propose strategies to achieve this.

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

01/02, 10.00 CET

Webinar - Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence – how to make it work?

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

The Due Diligence Directive Directive is part of the unfolding EU corporate sustainability landscape which aims at integrating sustainability to strategies and everyday activity of large undertakings. Among them the CSDDD is a special case. It focuses on environmental and human rights impacts of businesses, but it also introduces an obligation for large companies to ensure that their business model and strategy are aligned with the Paris Agreement objectives, including the 1.5°C commitment. In contrast to other elements of the sustainability framework (e.g. SFDR, CSRD/ESRS, Taxonomy) CSDDD goes beyond the disclosure requirements and introduces the obligation for companies to actively manage those issues: identify, prevent, end, mitigate.

In 2023 the co-legislators and the Commission will start meeting for the trilogues to negotiate the final shape of this legal act. To make the due diligence scheme workable the EU institutions will have to clarify and reconcile many issues, including how to prepare and implement transition plans, the scope of liability and boundaries of covered risks, impact on SMEs, or interplay with national and international schemes and commitments and other corporate sustainability requirements. The event aims at identifying the key issues necessary to make the corporate sustainability due diligence workable.

The event aims at identifying the key issues necessary to make the corporate sustainability due diligence workable.

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

01/02, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Electricity self-consumption for the energy transition

Organiser: Florence School for Regulation (FSR)

This debate will explore the state of the art in the development of prosumption and will aim at identifying any remaining barriers and the ways to overcome them.

The energy transition, to achieve the ambitious energy and climate goals to which the European Union has committed, requires a significant increase in the share of renewables in final energy consumption over the next years. As has been the case so far, the electricity sector is expected to contribute more than proportionally to the overall target, with renewables expected to cover 70% or more of final electricity consumption by 2030.

The greater penetration of renewables in the electricity generation mix will be achieved partly with large-scale installations – for example, large offshore wind parks –, but a substantial contribution is also expected to come from distributed, small-scale installations. These will include installations at end-consumers’ premises. In such cases, consumers turn into ‘prosumers’, i.e. consumers which produce part or all of the electricity they consume, and possibly sell the excess electricity.

The current EU legal framework provides specific rights and obligations for prosumers, as active consumers, in particular in Article 15 of the Electricity Directive.

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

01/02, 15.00 CET

Webinar - The inclusion of hydrogen in the EU CBAM

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

On December 13th the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement to introduce an EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. Although not part of the initial European Commission Proposal, CBAM will also apply to hydrogen together with cement, iron and steel, aluminium, fertilisers, and electricity.

During this meeting we will take stock of the implications of the inclusion of hydrogen in the EU-CBAM.

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

01/02, 18.00 CET

Webinar - Navigating Energy Transitions: The implications of 1.5°C scenarios for Canada’s Paris-aligned energy transitions

Organiser: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Energy scenarios have a key role to play in guiding the energy transition by informing investor expectations and policy decision-making. The recent IISD Navigating Energy Transitions report conducts an unprecedented analysis of the most influential modelled pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C. The research finds that all major 1.5°C scenarios agree: there is no room for new oil and gas development. This conclusion, shared by the International Energy Agency, has important implications for fossil fuel production both globally and in Canada and must be accounted for in Canadian policymaking.

This webinar will unpack key findings from IISD’s report, outline barriers to energy transitions, and highlight solutions to overcome such challenges. Additionally, it will provide Canadian policy-makers and financial institutions with information on how they can navigate the current energy crisis, while maintaining ambition to limit warming to 1.5°C. The event will connect to current policy developments including the proposed cap on emissions from the oil and gas sector and clean electricity regulations.

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

02/02, 14.00 CET

Webinar - IEA Webinar on Critical Minerals: Session 2

Organiser: International Energy Agency (IEA)

Session title: The Nexus of Environmental, Social and Governance Performance and Mineral Security

Key questions to be addressed:

  • What are the linkages between environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and supply security?
  • How can policymakers ensure that ESG considerations are engrained in policy and investment decisions? How can they make strong ESG performance rewarded in the marketplace?
  • What is the scope to enhance alignment between different standards?
  • What are the measures to improve transparency and accessibility of ESG reporting?

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

02/02, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Responsible solar: enabling true supply chain transparency through comprehensive due diligence

Organiser: pv magazine

Solar module supply chains have never been under greater scrutiny. First Covid-19 disruptions and then legislative action in reaction to accusations of forced labor in some countries have led to project delays and increased investor demands for transparency right along the solar supply chain.

The solar industry has come out with initiatives to address the new legislative requirements, but do they go far enough?

Join this pv magazine Webinar, in partnership with First Solar, to get informed of the latest developments, and what comprehensive supply chain due diligence looks like today.

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

07/02, 17.30 CET

Hybrid event - Empowering consumers for a successful green transition

Organiser: EURACTIV

Join this EURACTIV Hybrid Conference to discuss what are the different options for ensuring a level playing field for industry and empowering consumers to achieve a successful green transition. Questions to be addressed include:

• Could the European Commission’s proposal allow for substantiated company-owned sustainability labels which are proven to be robust?
• How will it affect local and small-scale producers in the EU?
• What resources are required in order to create a level playing field and a fairer system for everyone in the industry?
• What are the main challenges in achieving consumer empowerment, and how can they be tackled?

You can find more information here and watch the livestream here.

08/02, 09.30 CET

Webinar - EU Energy transition - What role for critical raw materials?

Organiser: EURACTIV

In order to meet the European Green Deal's climate goals, the transport sector must undergo a thorough transformation. Batteries, in particular, are fundamental in decarbonising the transport industry and moving towards green mobility. However, they require a significant amount of critical raw materials, such as lithium, cobalt, nickel, rare earths and copper.

The European Commission, together with relevant stakeholders, is working on different action plans and initiatives to address CRM in supply chains. A review of the current critical raw materials list is expected at the end of the year.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the role of critical raw materials in ensuring a fast and ambitious energy transition across Europe.

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

08/02,14.30CET          

Webinar - Restoring the Earth’s lungs - How can forests support climate change mitigation?

Organise: EURACTIV

The Life Terra project seeks to plant 500 million trees in Europe. Tree planting is regarded as the most cost-effective solution to capturing carbon. It also supports nature restoration and prevents biodiversity loss.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the Commission’s proposal for the Nature Restoration Law in the context of forests. How can tree planting and forest restoration support climate change mitigation? What role can projects like Life Terra play in reaching the Commission's targets, and how can projects like this be replicated elsewhere?

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

09/02, 00.00 CET

Webinar - The Energy Transition: Opportunities and Challenges for Indigenous Communities in the US and Canada

Organiser: The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University (SIPA)

18.00 ET (on 8 Feb)

According to the US Department of Energy, wind resources on US tribal lands could meet up to 32% of US electricity needs. Similarly, according to MSCI, 79% of US lithium reserves are located within 35 miles of an Indian reservation. These data highlight the critical role that indigenous peoples and lands will play in the transition to a low carbon economy–in the US and globally. 

Our panel will discuss the Biden administration's efforts to strengthen indigenous consultation and environmental justice around natural resources and renewable energy development with US native communities. We will also explore how Canadian indigenous leaders are developing equity-based partnerships to develop renewable energy and critical minerals projects under the principles of Free Prior and Informed Consent–and whether such partnerships can meet the needs of indigenous groups in the US as well as ESG-focused investors and project developers.

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

15/02, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Can companies save the planet? Sustainable investment between greenwashing and real impact

Organiser: Clean Energy Wire (CLEW)

Many companies worldwide claim that they are caring for climate and environment. They promise climate and carbon neutrality not only for toothpaste or travel, but also products from the financial sector. As part of Clean Energy Wire's focus series on company climate claims, the 3rd joint online event in collaboration with the German Sustainable Finance Research Platform will take a close look at the investment side of these promises.

Journalists who want to gain deeper insights into the pitfalls of greenwashing in the financial sector and get a better grip on the validity of climate claims and impact investments are invited to join us on 15 February 2023.

You can find more information and register via this link.

16/02. 18.00 CET

Webinar - Financing Energy Storage Projects. Challenges and Opportunities

Organiser: ATA Insights

With its $369 billion funding, the Inflation reduction Act (IRA) has opened new opportunities, especially for standalone energy storage projects. However, financial institutions need to understand the revenue streams and risk mitigation strategies deployed by energy storage operators in order to invest in a project.

 In this webinar, leading energy storage experts and financial institutions give you an insider’s view into how to make an energy storage bankable. Join this webinar to:

  • Study the varied business models for energy storage assets in the US and see how markets and policies are remunerating them
  • Grasp opportunities on successfully financing and developing solar-plus-storage infrastructure project in the US vs standalone projects
  • Analyze lessons learned on real projects to streamline your project deployment and improve the profitability of your storage assets

You can find more information and register via this link.

17/02, 12.00 CET

Webinar - Climate, Trauma and Journalism

Organiser: Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Europe (DCE) and Journalismfund.eu

Together with Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Europe(DCE), Journalismfund.eu is hosting two webinars on climate crisis reporting, trauma and journalism. Two online seminars (17.02.2023 and 24.02.2023) to build resilience and impact for sustainable reporting on the climate crisis.

The sessions bring together leading experts to discuss the psychological impact of the climate crisis and how it affects interviewees (survivors) and journalists who cover such stories as well as audiences. 

The first workshop will give tips on how journalists can interact ethically with interviewees who have been affected by the climate crisis and move on to how journalists can build their own resilience when working on such stories. 

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

 24/02, 12.00 CET

Webinar - Climate, Trauma and Journalism

Organiser: Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Europe (DCE) and Journalismfund.eu

Together with Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Europe(DCE), Journalismfund.eu is hosting two webinars on climate crisis reporting, trauma and journalism. Two online seminars (17.02.2023 and 24.02.2023) to build resilience and impact for sustainable reporting on the climate crisis.

The sessions bring together leading experts to discuss the psychological impact of the climate crisis and how it affects interviewees (survivors) and journalists who cover such stories as well as audiences.

In the second workshop we will discuss ways in which the traumatic content of climate related stories may affect audiences and what journalists should know about the psychological impact of climate stories in order to produce more impact through their reporting.

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

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