22 Oct 2021, 17:15
  • 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 webinars from UI, CCNow, WRI, IISD, DIE, IASS and GIZ]

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.



25/10, 14.00 CET

Online conference - Corporate Alignment to the Paris Agreement: From Ambition to Action

Organiser: Columbia University

In the lead up to this year’s COP 26, companies, investors, and financial institutions around the world are engaged in discussion on how to assess corporate alignment with the Paris Agreement. While many companies are making rhetorical commitments to carbon neutrality by 2050, the superficiality and inconsistency of many reporting frameworks and metrics has made it difficult for governments, investors, and other stakeholders to distinguish among and assess company commitments and disclosures. Correspondingly, it is difficult for investors to assess or disclose portfolio or product alignment with the Paris Agreement.

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the Columbia Climate School, with support from Iberdrola, will host a virtual, global conference focused on corporate alignment with the Paris Agreement, including discussions on:

  • Net-Zero Pledges: how prevalent, and how realistic
  • Challenges and risks of diverse carbon accounting methods
  • Internal metrics to shift corporate strategy toward decarbonization
  • Climate finance: opportunities and hurdles

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

26/10, 12.00 CET

Webinar - How Can India Build Climate Resilience?

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

India is already experiencing a preview of the large-scale disasters and socio-economic upheaval that extreme events could create. India's development is intricately linked to creating adequate mitigation capacity to respond to these climate risks, which are endangering power, housing, transport, and industry infrastructure – especially along the coasts – and vulnerable communities with low adaptive capacity. Further, with weather-related insurance losses mounting, there are warning signs that climate change could trigger the next financial crisis. Therefore, the need for low-cost finance, and climate-proofing of communities, infrastructure and economies, is critical.

In this pre-COP session, CEEW will explore ways to take climate risk assessments from theory to implementation and spur innovations in systems, finance, and technologies to climate-proof populations and economies. They will also launch CEEW's new study, 'Mapping India's Climate Vulnerability: A District-level Assessment'.

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

26/10, 18.00 CET

Webinar - Press Conference with COP26 President Alok Sharma

Organiser: Covering Climate Now (CCNow)

Join CCNow on Tuesday, October 26, at 5 pm London Time, 12 pm Eastern Time, for an online press conference with COP26 president Alok Sharma.

As president of the COP26 summit opening in Glasgow on October 31, Sharma is central to the summit’s mission of preserving a livable climate for humanity. For months, the British MP has been soliciting commitments from the world’s governments to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celcius. Action plans submitted to date, however, fall well short of that goal, nor is it clear how many world leaders or civil society representatives will be able to attend the summit.

Get the latest developments from the man in charge, and press him with your own questions, at this virtual, one-hour press conference. Partner journalists will be able to question president Sharma directly, via Zoom, in a session moderated by CCNow’s executive director, Mark Hertsgaard.

Note: This event is solely for CCNow journalists — you or your newsroom must be a CCNow partner to participate.

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

27/10, 10.00 CET

Online-Pressebriefing - UN-Klimakonferenz COP26

Organiser: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Das Deutsche Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) lädt am 27.10.2021 von 10:00 bis 11:30 Uhr zu einem virtuellen Pressebriefing anlässlich der UN-Klimakonferenz COP26 in Glasgow ein.

Was wird bei der diesjährigen UN-Klimakonferenz in Glasgow genau verhandelt? Welche Rolle spielen und welche Ansprüche erheben Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländer in der internationalen Klimapolitik? Wie kann Deutschland während der noch laufenden Koalitionsverhandlungen agieren? Was muss die Klima- und Entwicklungspolitik einer neuen Bundesregierung leisten, um der historischen Verantwortung Deutschlands und der EU als Mitverursacher des globalen Klimawandels gerecht zu werden?

Diese und weitere Fragen möchte das Deutsche Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in einem virtuellen Pressebriefing beantworten.

You can find more information here and register by contacting presse@die-gdi.de by 25/10.

27/10, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Modeling Infrastructure Risk Under Future Climate Scenarios

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

Natural hazards such as hurricanes and wildfires pose significant risk to infrastructure systems and the communities they serve. While these events can be studied using historical data, research suggests that they may increase in size, severity, and frequency with a continued rise in global temperature, making it difficult to understand and plan for future threats. Asset owners, policymakers, and emergency response coordinators require more robust threat information in order to develop priorities and make informed investment decisions. Argonne National Laboratory’s National Preparedness Analytics Center is working to advance the state of high-impact, low-probability (HILP) event modeling through hazard simulations, infrastructure impact modeling, and economic evaluation. This webinar will review Argonne’s fundamental approach to assessing future natural disaster risk, including a) its approach to simulating hurricanes under both current and future climate conditions; b) its methods for evaluating the impact of various hazards on infrastructure systems; and c) its intended approach for assessing the impact of both hazards and infrastructure failures on local communities.

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

28/10, 09.00 CET

Webinar - What’s at stake at COP26?

Organiser: The Swedish Institute for International Affairs (UI)

What are the most pressing issues at COP26? What are the views of the world’s largest emitters entering the negotiations?

As the world gathers in Glasgow for the 26th annual conference to assess progress in dealing with climate change on October 31 to November 12, there is undeniably a lot at stake. COP26 has been labelled the last good chance to avert a climate catastrophe. Recent projections show that the world is currently on course for an over 3-degree warming by the end of the century, far from the 1,5-degree target established in the Paris Agreement, which would result in humanitarian and ecological disaster.

Limiting global warming to 1,5 degrees will require urgent and monumental collective action. In this panel, experts explain the issues of science, politics, and justice that will arise at the summit and give the views of the world’s largest emitters - China, the United States, the EU and India - entering the negotiations.

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

28/10, 14.00 CET

Online round table -Surfing the hydrogen wave in Southeast Asia – Insights from Europe & Germany

Organiser: Agora Energiewende

The hydrogen strategies of Germany and the EU seek to support innovation to reduce the costs of green hydrogen production and expand renewable hydrogen technologies at large scale across sectors.

  • What ripple effects might this wave of interest and innovation have on Southeast Asia’s long-term policy visions?
  • How will this impact the development and evolution of Southeast Asia’s energy systems?
  • While many Southeast Asian countries look towards natural gas as a vital tool to displace coal-fired generation and to meet future rising demand, atmospheric carbon budgets are rapidly depleting and leave little room for additional fossil fuels of any kind. Can hydrogen play a galvanising role in the shift from fossil fuels towards renewable energy in the region?

These questions form the basis of two think-tank round tables organized by Agora Energiewende as part of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2021.

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

28/10, 15.00 CET

Webinar - State of Climate Action 2021

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Combatting the climate crisis requires society to rapidly transform all of the systems that propel our economy, including power generation, buildings, industry, transport, land use and more. But by how much? And how can decision-makers make it happen?

Join WRI on October 28 for a high-level launch event for the State of Climate Action 2021 report.

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

28/10, 17.00 CET

Webinar - Press Briefing: COP26 Goals and Stories to Tell

Organiser: Covering Climate Now (CCNow)

As required by the Paris Agreement, governments have been submitting updates of their climate action plans, known in UN lingo as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). A key question for media coverage to answer: will these NDCs lead to a 1.5 C future? (Hint: not yet, not even close). The UN has outlined key goals for COP26: managing emissions, adapting to a warming world and mobilizing finance. Our panel of experts will provide fact based insights and help you understand what a successful summit would look like. We’ll also unpack false narratives to avoid and brainstorm story ideas that will connect with your audiences, whether global or local. And of course, there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

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

29/10, 12.30 CET

Online discussion - Evaluating the impacts of energy innovation policies

Organiser: International Energy Agency (IEA)

The main goal of this CERT-EGRD thematic discussion is to bring together practitioners from governments with distinguished international scholars to exchange experiences and recommendations about how to design and implement evaluations clean energy innovation policies effecitiveness, from R&D funding programmes to broader support for the energy innovation ecosystem, as well as how to use these findings to improve policy design.

The virtual workshop will facilitate discussion around a number of key questions that face policy makers:

  • What are the overarching objectives of evaluation and of energy innovation policy?
  • What metrics and indicators are used?
  • How far in advance is the collection of data and inputs planned?
  • Against what criteria or counterfactual can performance be measured?
  • How have evaluation results shaped subsequent policies and programmes?
  • How can governments share the findings and lessons from their evaluations internationally in a timely manner?

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

01/11, 09.00 CET

Webinar - Growing Green Bonds in Vietnam for Renewable Energy projects

Organiser: Climate Bonds

Climate Bonds Initiative has been working with the TCX Fund to support green bond market's development in emerging markets and particularly addressing the issues faced in these markets with respect to foreign exchange hedging, which is a constraint to the growth of green bonds.

This webinar seeks to support TCX’s activities in Vietnam, in particular for the Renewable Energy industry. There have been very few green bonds issued out of Vietnam to date and many DFIs are looking for ways to kickstart this market.

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

02/11, 15.00 CET

Webinar - COP 26 Side Event: Shifting Public Support and Policies Towards a Clean and Just Energy Transition in the Global South

Organisers: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

This COP 26 side event explores the potential for a fossil-free, clean, and just development pathway in the Global South. Drawing on findings from research conducted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, the event will look at the opportunities related to investments in clean energy uses in low- and middle-income countries, as opposed to continued public support to fossil fuels, and highlight key principles for a fair and equitable implementation of such policies and support. A panel of speakers from governments, development banks, and civil society will bring their perspectives on the type of support, international cooperation, and policy settings needed to implement this vision.

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


Webinar - Electric Vehicles diffusion challenges

Organisers: Florence School of Regulation (FSR) & International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

10.00 ET

Since the last 3 years, Electric vehicles are booming around the world. In France 16% of the cars sold are Batteries Electric Cars and this situation raises new questions and requires exploring the economic consequences of this rapid diffusion for public policy, network developments and tariffs design.

This event organised by the International Association for Energy Economics and the Florence School of Regulation represents an opportunity to review Electromobility field experiments (By W. Kempton), Prospective Scenarios for 2030-2050 (by R. Lauvergne), Tariff Design for EVs (I. Freitas Gomes) and motorways electrification (Pierre de Firmas).

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

07/11, 15.00 CET

Webinar - COP26 Halfway Point Webinar

Organiser: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Midway through the Glasgow Climate Change Conference COP26, the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team will host a concise webinar on:

• what progress we saw in the negotiating rooms during week one
• predictions for week two outcomes based on the trajectory of talks

With half the time devoted to answering your questions and observations, the Halfway Point Webinar is a chance for experts to pose niche questions and newcomers to gain insights from the team behind the world's most authoritative record of climate negotiations.

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

 08/11, 17.00 CET

Webinar - Can’t Give it Away – Negative Energy Pricing

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

This IAEE webinar will examine a recent phenomenon caused partly by the Covid-19 Pandemic. In spectacular form, the U.S. oil futures market collapsed on April 20, 2020, sending the prompt futures price to -$37.33 per barrel. That closing price had an impact on physical prices throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world. The natural gas market also experienced negative prices in 2019 and 2020, although less dramatic. Negative prices are more frequent in the electricity market. This is because it is far more costly to store electricity than gas or oil. In addition, a series of regulatory barriers have exacerbated the impact, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

Negative prices arise when storage is up to the brim and transmission wires and pipelines are congested. This webinar will examine the instances of negative energy prices and the efficiency arguments for allowing or disallowing them.

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

15/11, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Innovation & Disruption in the Electricity Sector: What Future for Markets?

Organisers: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

Innovation and disruption are not new in the electricity sector, as we have seen in the last 30 years with open wholesale markets and combined cycle gas turbine power plants, open retail markets and real-time consumption metering. However, today, or tomorrow, we could face many more innovations and disruptions.

On the supply side one can see how renewable intermittent generation, and its low marginal costs, is becoming mainstream; and how storage is increasingly considered as a new important resource for managing the energy system. On the demand side one can see active consumers (as prosumers or prosumagers), new kind of intermediaries (as aggregators or communities), and digital tools of interaction (as sensors, actuators, or platforms).

Technologies are also redrawing the boundaries of the electricity sector, with an increasing electrification of road mobility, homes and buildings’ heating & cooling.

All these novelties call for new business models, from “green majors” to “asset light suppliers”, from “peer-to-peer” to “interactive building managers.” Possibly, the use of a strong carbon tax as the main incentive to fuel the energy transition, instead of targeted technology push by public authorities, might again change the entire landscape.

In these many waves, how will markets adapt, transform or disappear? Will China or Africa define their own ways?

These topics are what the authors of the new Handbook on Electricity Markets, recently edited by Jean-Michel Glachant, Paul Joskow and Michael Pollitt, will discuss with you in this webinar, jointly organized by IAEE and the Florence School of Regulation (FSR).

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



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