25 Sep 2020, 11:30
  • 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.

Stay updated on online journalism and energy events

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 Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, IEA, USAEE, WRI, IRENA, WBCSD/BloombergNEF, Atlantic Council]

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 mentioned are Central European Summer Times (CET) - corrected to the current summertime.

Coming up



29/09, 11.00 CET

Webinar - Unlocking energy efficiency in municipalities: water-energy nexus in existing water supply systems

Organiser: Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

Water availability is a main driver for sustainable development. Interdependencies between water and energy sectors are very strong and need to be addressed as a whole to be able to tackle resource stresses caused by climate change, commonly known the water-energy nexus. On the other hand, high electricity demand can lead to unsustainable costs of operation of water supply systems which directly affects public finance, budgets and tariffs for final consumers.

In order to accelerate the uptake of energy efficiency and enable the sustainable use of available water resources, efficient technologies and techniques should be implemented. Successful projects promoting energy efficiency actions have shown reduced energy consumption from 10 to 40 percent, with average payback periods lower than 5 years. In this webinar will be addressed the main challenges and opportunities lying ahead on energy efficiency deployment on water supply systems.

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

29/09, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Launch of Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2020

Organiser: IRENA

IRENA’s new edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review, the seventh report in the series, analyses the status of renewable energy employment in 2019 around the world. The report continues to refine and improve data and underlying methodologies compared to previous editions. The report highlights the latest employment trends by technology, including decentralised applications of renewable energy for improved energy access. It offers insights for selected countries (and spotlights job creation and supply chain development in different provinces or regions). Interspersed throughout the report are findings on the gender dimension of renewable energy. The report also features initiatives on education and training. The importance of measures such as vocational training, curricula development, teacher training, and enhanced technology use for remote learning continues to rise, so as to avoid skills shortages as renewable energy deployment continues to scale up. The webinar will feature a presentation of key findings from Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2020, hear from a panel of invited experts, and explore the report’s significance in the context of maximising the benefits of the energy transition.

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


Access to sustainable energy –  a critical component for a green recovery in Africa

Organiser: ICLEI

“As countries rebuild economies from the impact of the pandemic, they are faced with a unique, once in a generation opportunity to ‘Recover Better’ with Sustainable Energy. There has never been a better time to invest in clean, efficient renewable energy. Countries that recover better with sustainable energy will see the pay off in the form of resilient economies, new jobs, and faster energy development. By making this investment, African countries can develop a competitive advantage.” -Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-chair of the UN-Energy

The most recent IEA statistics shows that about 565 million people in Africa still lack access to electricity. Lack of electricity is a lack of a basic necessity for poverty alleviation and the ability to build resilience to the global health crisis. Likewise, there are an estimated 900 million people in Africa without access to clean cooking solutions. The health impact of cooking with polluting fuels means increased risk of respiratory disease and vulnerability to COVID-19, and increased exposure to the virus through the collection of firewood and other fuels. These risks, in particular, affect women and girls who are most often the collectors and users of fuels for household tasks.

To achieve universal electricity access in Africa by 2030, it is estimated that an annual investment of about USD 29 billion in electricity infrastructure is required, both for on-grid and off-grid access, while an annual investment of about USD 2 billion in clean cooking solutions is required. These required funds cannot come from the public sector alone, but rather require access to private, institutional and household finance. However, to do so will require new partnerships and collaboration.

Governments across Africa are taking unprecedented steps to respond to the immediate health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Today’s decisions will impact tomorrow’s ability to recover better over the long term and countries that take advantage of this moment to re-think their energy supplies will develop a competitive advantage.

Join ICLEI Africa and CoM SSA for a webinar with experts and city leaders to discuss ways in which governments and the private sector can work together to ensure a green and sustainable recovery in the energy sector during and after this pandemic.

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

29/09, 16.00 CET

Webinar -Towards zero emission transport: world trends and the role of business

Organisers: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and BloombergNEF

The virtual event will provide useful insights and support companies in decarbonizing their mobility operations. A unique set of high-level speakers are gathered, representing auto manufactures, infrastructure and energy providers, demand side users as well as a disruptive startup. This experienced panel will share their insights about the evolving mobility ecosystem focusing on the state of electric mobility and how this is- and will – affect business. The panel will address industry wide challenges such as fit-for-purpose vehicles, making charging infrastructure economically sustainable, and ways in which the private sector can collaborate. The impacts of COVID-19 and how it will shape the future of electric mobility will also be tackled.

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

29/09, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Solar Resource Data for Project Development & Financing

Organiser: pv magazine

In this pv magazine Webinar, produced in partnership with Clean Power Research, they’ll take a closer look at the critical factors investors must consider when leveraging solar resource datasets and how those factors can impact solar project development and financing. While investment in solar energy has taken off considerably in the last decade, the science of investing is not a perfect one, and potential players require access to any and all relevant data relating to a project before they make big-bet decisions. In the webinar, it will examined how solar resource data can be used to accurately assess project value during due diligence, with a specific focus on satellite-based irradiance data. The presentation will also outline how high-quality solar data can improve a project’s bottom line and weed out any potential surprises during financing.

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

29/09, 19.00 CET

Virtual launch - HackPack 2.0

Organiser: HackPack

HackPack.press represents a global network for the media industry. The platform enables publications and companies to tell the stories that matter by helping them find, hire and manage media professionals around the world.

Throughout the COVID summer, HackPack have seen clients’ need to find someone local due to travel and budget constraints, while freelancers face intense economic hardships. Therefore, they have created a new platform that resolves the key issues that arise when working with freelancers in today’s environment.

On September 29 at 18:00 London / 1pm NYC / 22:30pm New Delhi, they’re hosting a virtual launch party to demonstrate how the platform works and provide advice to freelancers pitching stories.

You can find more information and register via this link.

29/09, 22.00 CET

Webinar - Green, Equitable, Inclusive: Cities Designing Smarter Forest Plans and Policies

Organiser: WRI

4 pm ET

Cities face unprecedented pressure to protect the health of their residents, provide access to outdoor green spaces, and address social disparities. At the same time, cities are facing rising costs from climate change, a global economic downturn and the prospect of tight municipal budgets.

Forests and other nature-based solutions (NBS) can provide valuable health and economic benefits for city residents while fighting climate change, often at good value for money. But cities can cause unanticipated problems and aggravate existing inequalities if they fail to design their forest-related plans and policies thoughtfully.

This virtual event will highlight the latest research and practice from Cities4Forests, an initiative led by more than 60 cities around the world, to better conserve, manage, and restore forests and other natural infrastructure. The event will showcase city leadership from Medellín, Colombia which has implemented an award-winning Green Corridors program.

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

30/09, 14.00 CET

Webinar - The regulation of hydrogen infrastructure: new wine in old bottles?

Organiser: Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

In the first debate of the series, FSR will aim to tackle the fundamental question of whether the future hydrogen infrastructure will inevitably exhibit similar features to the natural gas and electricity networks and should be regulated in a similar way.

In this context, we will try to address the following questions:

  • Should regulation disincentivise parallel delivery networks, reserving a preference for existing TSOs to replace/upgrade existing networks or should regulation foster competing networks?
  • Will the hydrogen network necessarily exhibit the same ‘essential facility’ features – i.e. that it not easily or economically duplicated and tends to be a natural monopoly – so that access conditions and tariffs need to be regulated?
  • Should the regulation follow the same approach as for gas? Ex ante regulation as opposed to ex-post tariff control?

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

30/09, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Adaptation Solutions: Helping the Most Vulnerable Adapt and Build Back Better

Organiser: WRI

This event will build on the gains and partnerships built during the United Nations Climate Adaptation Summit in September 2019 and build momentum toward the Climate Adaptation Summit in January 2021 and the 26th Conference of Parties (COP) in November 2021.

Consistent with the UN Secretary-General’s call-to-action to recover better through the six climate-positive actions, the discussion will underline the need to strengthen preparedness and climate resilience to protect lives and livelihoods in developing countries. The session will draw on experiences of countries on the front lines of the climate crisis and engage the international community in a forward-looking, action-oriented discussion. Specifically, the session will explore existing climate-induced risks and challenges faced by the world’ most vulnerable and identify solutions and opportunities for climate-resilient development that can be scaled and sustained.

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

30/09, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Implementation of the Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/40/ on Environmental Human Rights Defenders and the Geneva Roadmap

Organiser: WRI

10 am ET

This session aims to explore how civil society organizations can use the UN Resolution A/HRC/40/L.22/. The session also intends to discuss the “ Road Map to Geneva” which was created in April of this year to facilitate international engagement on processes that support defenders at the national and international level. Join us as we highlight the work of the new Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and her vision as well as provide a practical list of events that can move the agenda forward.

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

30/09, 17.00 CET

Webinar - Explore Countries’ National and Long-term Climate Commitments with Climate Watch

Organiser: WRI

11 am ET

To analyze, compare and track the latest country submissions, Climate Watch launched Explore NDCs, a new module that offers detailed content of commitments and allows users to explore and create visualizations of commitments with over 150 structured indicators.

Climate Watch also launched the Long-term Strategies Explorer, a new module that allows users the ability to track and analyze countries’ mid-century low carbon development strategies (long-term strategies). Under the Paris Agreement, countries are invited to communicate long-term strategies and to date 17 parties, representing 25.5% of global emissions, have submitted a long-term strategy to the United Nations.

Join this webinar for a demonstration of these new modules, new greenhouse gas emissions data, an overview of Climate Watch and how its open data and tools is helping governments, researchers and the media gather resources to communicate about and advance climate action.

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

30/09, 17.30 CET


Webinar - Eine zukunftsfähige EU | Konjunkturbelebung, Klimaneutralität und Klimaziel 2030

Organiser: Germanwatch und Deutscher Naturschutzring mit Unterstützung der Europäischen Bewegung Deutschlands

Die deutsche Präsidentschaft im Rat der EU bis Ende 2020 steht stark unter dem Eindruck der aktuellen Gesundheits- und daraus resultierenden Wirtschaftskrise. Im Juli haben die europäischen Staats- und Regierungschefs beschlossen, dass die Konjunkturbelebung am neuen EU-Klimaziel für 2030 und der Klimaneutralität ausgerichtet werden muss. Mit dem Europäischen Green Deal hat sich die EU vorgenommen, Maßnahmen zu stärken, die die sozial-ökologische Modernisierung der europäischen Wirtschaft beschleunigen. Die nachhaltige, stringente Ausrichtung dieser Konjunkturbelebung an der Zukunftsfähigkeit der EU ist eine entscheidende Herausforderung für den Erfolg der deutschen Ratspräsidentschaft.

Ein erhöhtes EU-Klimaziel für 2030 als Herzstück des Europäischen Green Deals in diesem Jahr gilt als zentral für die notwendige Rahmensetzung für die Wirtschaft. Die Europäische Kommission schlägt als neues Ziel mindestens 55% Treibhausgasreduzierung vor. Die entsprechende Folgenabschätzung (impact assessment) der Kommission soll die Mitgliedstaaten bei ihrer Entscheidung unterstützen. Damit die EU ihrem eigenen Anspruch gerecht wird, globale Vorreiterin in Punkto Klimaschutz zu sein, und um für die anstehenden Entscheidungen in China, Indien sowie bei einer neuen Regierung in den USA den Ton zu setzen, ist eine Einigung auf ein deutlich höheres EU-Klimaziel in diesem Herbst eine entscheidend Voraussetzung für wichtige Fortschritte im internationalen Klimaschutz.

Welcher Weg führt aus der Krise, im Einklang mit den Zielen des Pariser Klimaabkommens? Was sind die Erwartungen an die deutsche Ratspräsidentschaft für das EU-Klimaziel 2030?

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

30/09, 19.30 CET

Webinar - Politics & Markets: Shaping Post-Election Energy Policy

Organiser: USAEE (United States Association for Energy Economics

1.30 pm ET

With the U.S. general election less than 50 days away, the direction of U.S. energy policy and its impact on global energy markets is at stake. In addition, the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and heightened climate and economic justice activism have the potential to influence U.S. energy policy in 2021 and beyond. This is the first of a series of webinars that will feature leading energy markets experts and economists while exploring the role of economics, activists, investors and geopolitics on post-election energy policy.

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

01/10, 09.30 CET

Webinar - Securing the energy transition: Innovative cyber solutions for grid resiliency

Organiser: Atlantic Council

A deeper look into how a secure energy transition can be implemented using innovative cyber security solutions to provide the monitoring and the visibility necessary to protect the grid at-large.

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

01/10, 11.00 CET


Webinar - Bürgerbeteiligung: Was kann man vom französischen Bürgerkonvent für das Klima lernen?

Organiser: Agora Energiewende

Im Oktober 2018 machte in Frankreich die Protestbewegung der Gelbwesten Schlagzeilen. Anfänglich richteten sich die Proteste vor allem gegen die Erhöhung der Benzin- und Dieselsteuern, später adressierten die Gelbwesten auch etliche soziale Themen. Als Antwort auf diese nationale Krise startete die französische Regierung im Januar 2019 eine sogenannte „nationale Debatte“ – eine öffentliche Konsultation der Bevölkerung, in der Bürgerinnen und Bürger Kritik äußern und Reformvorschläge unterbreiten konnten.

Daraus resultierend wurde im April 2019 von Präsident Emmanuel Macron die „Convention citoyenne pour le climat“ ausgerufen, mit einem ambitionierten Auftrag: Die Bürgerkonvention für das Klima sollte konkrete Maßnahmen vorschlagen, die es ermöglichen, die französischen Klimaziele bis 2030 (-40 Prozent Treibhausgasemissionen im Vergleich zu 1990) sozialgerecht zu erreichen. Der Konvent tagte letzten Endes statt der ursprünglich geplanten sechs Wochen über acht Monate und veröffentlichte im Juni 2020 ein Katalog mit nahezu 150 Maßnahmen.

Wie wurde der Bürgerkonvent organisiert? Ist das vorgenommene Ziel erreicht worden? Was geschieht mit den vorgeschlagenen Maßnahmen? Und was kann man daraus lernen?

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

01/10, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Energy Efficiency – An Ace up the sleeve for energy transitions

Organiser: International Energy Agency (IEA)

9 am CLST

The IEA’s Sustainable Recovery Report focuses on a vision for economic recovery that leads to a decisive transition to cleaner, more secure energy systems. Energy efficiency is a foundational pillar of this vision, with its powerful job-creation potential, and its role in delivering about 40% of the emissions reductions needed to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Importantly, energy efficiency can deliver these reductions cost-effectively, growing economies while saving citizens money. In short, energy efficiency is an Ace up the sleeve for energy transitions.

Over the past several years, Chile and other countries in Latin America have accelerated policies and programmes delivering energy efficiency while setting ambitious targets for clean energy. Yet significant untapped potential remains in the region and around the globe.

This event, organized in collaboration with the Chilean Ministry of Energy, aims to translate experience into action. By engaging the collective wisdom of diverse leaders in energy efficiency from across the globe, it provides a forum to build on their experience in developing strategies to accelerate energy efficiency progress.

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

01/10, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Climate Implementation Tracker: A new tool to track climate actions

Organiser: World Resource Institute

This year is a critical year for countries to raise climate ambitions and keep the world’s warming to 1.5C, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. To assist countries in tracking and visualizing progress of climate actions, World Resources Institute has developed the Climate Implementation Tracker (CIT) - Beta.

The CIT aims to provide suggestions on accounting for countries’ mitigation and adaptation objectives and operationalizes the tracking and reporting guidance in the Climate Policy Implementation Framework, the GHG Protocol Mitigation Goal Standard and the GHG Protocol Policy and Action Standard.

Join our webinar to learn more about the critical importance of tracking climate actions and an expert demonstration of the tool. The presentation will include an interactive Q&A session with WRI experts.

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

02/10, 11.00 CET

Webinar - Community Investment & Social Acceptance

Organiser: St. Gallen Forum for Management of Renewable Energies (REMforum)

Financial participation of local citizens in renewable energy projects has emerged as a promising option to increase social acceptance. As a result, industry actors and policymakers are looking for ways to incentivize financial participation. However, the success of those measures remains unclear. This webinar aims to investigate the challenges associated with financial participation and related incentives to derive best practice guidelines for developers and policymakers. The interactive session will draw on the German experience, addressing many questions such as: What is the role of citizens in the German energy transition following recent changes to community investment rules? What could be the way forward in dealing with these challenges?

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

02/10, 13.30 CET

Webinar - Accelerating the energy transition in Central and South East Europe

Organiser: IRENA

IRENA, at the request of the European Commission, has developed a Renewable Energy Roadmap (REmap) analysis for the Central and South Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC) area.

The study assesses the potential for renewable energy deployment in the CESEC region by 2030. It also analyses how an accelerated uptake of renewables would affect energy costs, investments, fossil-fuel consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the environment and people’s health.

The results can contribute to strengthening energy and climate planning processes in EU member states and in Energy Community Contracting Parties.

In this webinar, IRENA will present the key findings of the report. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with key stakeholders on the challenges and opportunities that renewables bring to the region.

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

07/10, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Carbon Pricing Costs for Households and Revenue Recycling Options in Canada

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics

10 am ET

Using household microdata, the costs of carbon pricing for households are quantified in each province and across the income distribution, and analyse revenue-recycling options based on existing provincial policies (where appropriate) as well as alternative revenue recycling options. Specifically, we quantify both direct and indirect costs for households, and using revenue-recycling policies, identify the net costs to households. To do this, we construct estimates of household energy use (electricity, natural gas, gasoline and home heating oil) by province and income quintile. Our methodological approach to including indirect costs allows us to investigate the effect of complementary policies - such as the federal output-based pricing system for large emitters - in mitigating costs to households. We then use Statistics Canada's Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) to analyse revenue-recycling options: (1) an HST tax rate reduction; (2) an increased basic exemption for personal income taxes; (3) a GST rebate; and (4) a lump sum dividend. We find the carbon tax is generally regressive, the GST rebate and lump sum rebate are progressive, the HST tax rate reduction has mixed effects, and the income tax change is regressive. Importantly, the large-emitters system mitigates indirect costs that exacerbates the effect of carbon pricing on households.

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


Webinar - Illuminating a more effective way to optimize PV systems

Organiser: pv magazine

Traditional methods of optimization are a thing of the past. Modern technology now affords PV professionals with better solutions that produce more energy and greater lifetime reliability. In this pv magazine Webinar, learn how recent advances in services technology are streamlining PV operations and reducing business risks associated with system downtime and truck rolls.

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

29/10, 10.00 CET

Webinar - Financing mechanisms for the energy sector: Ensuring a fair transition for all Member States

Organiser: EURACTIV

Climate neutrality translates into commitments undertaken by various industries, communities and other stakeholders. The European energy sector is already committed to be carbon neutral before 2050.

However, some countries are already fully decarbonised in terms of power generation, while others have to overcome structural preconditions and redefine their entire energy system. For example, Poland is one of the most coal-reliant EU countries, still needing adequate mechanisms to address the challenges ahead.

New EU funding under the next Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021—2027 as well as external investment sources bring opportunities for a successful climate transition. Nevertheless, a just energy transition remains a challenge due to the sheer scale of investments required across Europe. Getting the financing right will determine whether emerging business opportunities become socially sustainable and economically viable over time.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss how the right financing mechanisms can boost the energy transition to help the EU deliver a green and sustainable recovery for all its regions and consumers.

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



Journalism for the energy transition

Get our Newsletter
Join our Network
Find an interviewee