03 Dec 2021, 16:20
  • 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 CCNow, MedWet, IAEE, WRI, Sparknews, ERCST]

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.



07/12, 14.30 CET

Webinar - The European Green Deal - How does it impact EU food and drink SMEs?

Organiser: EURACTIV

This EURACTIV Virtual Conference will convene EU food and drink stakeholders to discuss the conditions for a successful transition to more sustainable food systems.

Panellists will discuss the implementation of the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy and their impact on European food and drink SMEs. Drawing on real-life experiences, the debate will address how the EU can develop a framework that is friendly towards SMEs operating across the Single Market and also supports sustainable business practices.

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

07/12, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Exercise of market power during Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

A remarkable decrease of demand occurred in Italy in the emergency period during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the period 10 March – 2 June 2020, we had negative peaks of hurly demand over 50% and record low prices about 20 Euro/MWh.

The annual report of an important electric company shows proudly for 2020, a decrease in net generation of 10%, a decrease in costs of 22.5%, a decrease of revenues of 19.1%, an increase in profit of 9%.

It is enough to hint that the microeconomic theory really works! When decreasing returns to scale prevail, then an output decline brings about a more than proportionate decrease in costs. But what about profits?

This event investigates the exercise of market power in the Italian Power Exchange during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, explicitly considering transmission line congestion, disentangling the measure of the unilateral market power from the congestion rent and re-dispatching costs, with the model that we first proposed in an article in the Energy Journal.

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

08/12, 09.30 CET

Webinar - Energy poverty: How to reduce inequalities?

Organiser: EURACTIV

The European Commission has identified energy poverty as a multi-dimensional phenomenon that, if properly addressed, has the potential to bring multiple benefits, including lower spending on health, reduced air pollution, improved comfort and wellbeing, and improved household budgets.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss how addressing energy poverty can help reduce inequalities in the European Union and the role that Member States should play in protecting vulnerable citizens.

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

08/12, 14.30 CET

Webinar - EU taxonomy for sustainable activities – Should nuclear energy be left out?

Organiser: EURACTIV

Inclusion or exclusion of nuclear energy in the EU taxonomy was a hotly-debated subject throughout the negotiations on the taxonomy regulation. In 2020, the Commission asked the Joint Research Centre (JRC), its science and knowledge service, to produce a technical report on the ‘do no significant harm’ aspects of nuclear energy. Their report has been reviewed by two sets of experts, and those three inputs will inform the Commission’s decision-making. European Commission President von der Leyen has since signalled that nuclear energy may become part of the taxonomy in some form.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities, and whether nuclear energy should continue to be excluded.

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


Webinar - What prospects for the global carbon market after COP26?

Organiser: Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

The part of the Paris Agreement Rulebook meant to implement these Article 6 provisions has just been agreed at the COP26 in Glasgow. However, many questions, to be discussed in the FSR Debate, remain. What are the prospects for international carbon markets? Will this new Rulebook stimulate the possibility of moving toward a global carbon market? Or does it contain loopholes that could harm the environmental integrity of the mechanisms? What could governments do to ignite the global carbon market?

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

09/12, 14.00 CET

Webinar - Energy and Climate Change: Are Australia and New Zealand running in opposite directions?

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

Australia and New Zealand are natural allies with a strong trans-Tasman sense of shared interests (off the rugby field). However, they have very different CO2 emission profiles and distinctly separate approaches to a commitment to net zero domestic CO2 emissions by 2050.

New Zealand is one of the few countries to have a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 enshrined in law: its Zero Carbon Act that was passed in late 2019 received multi-partisan domestic support. Meanwhile, Australia has been strolling towards some form of ill-defined zero climate policy that is currently the source of vigorous debate within the ruling Liberal/National Party coalition, as the country’s low emissions credentials have come under increasing levels of scrutiny by nations with better defined intentions.

This webinar will focus on how our speakers anticipate future domestic climate change policies and commitments of Australia and New Zealand will evolve following COP26, and what enabling policies will be required to ensure progress towards those goals. The speakers will also give their insights into how business interests and public perception in both countries may pressurize their respective governments into action.

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

09/12, 15.00 CET

Webinar - What does the Glasgow Climate Pact mean for the fight against the climate crisis?

Organiser: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Following two weeks of headline-making pledges and tough negotiations at COP26, countries agreed to the Glasgow Climate Pact. But what does the Pact mean for the fight against the climate crisis? How should it be implemented?  And what needs to happen before COP27 in Cairo?

Join World Resources Institute and the International Monetary Fund for an in-depth panel discussion on how the Glasgow Climate Pact can help close the emissions gap — getting us closer to where we need to be — and how it can help ramp up climate finance for developing countries.

This discussive event, featuring climate and finance experts, will explore key questions around the implications of COP26 outcomes and assess prospects for global coordination going forward.

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

09/12, 15.00 CET

Online training - Media Training covering the climate crisis in the Mediterranean: understanding the role of coastal wetlands

Organiser: the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet)

The climate crisis is the most important challenge facing the Mediterranean today. With the region heating up 20% faster than the global average, our future depends on how we respond over the next decade.

Coastal wetlands will have a huge role to play in the coming years as we adapt to the realities of a warming world. They’re one of nature’s best solutions to floods, droughts and rising sea levels; and they’re vital for people and nature alike. They’re incredibly rich in biodiversity, while their natural processes sustain 250 million people living on the Mediterranean coast.

So far, though, coastal wetlands have received relatively little coverage in the media, and there’s not enough general awareness of just how important they are. We need to change that and to bring their huge potential into the spotlight: that’s why we’re offering a free three-hour media training session for anyone involved in reporting on the climate crisis. The session will help journalists learn more about the value of coastal wetlands as nature-based solutions, and will offer a unique opportunity for colleagues across the region to share approaches, tools, and ideas on how to tell this vital part of the story.

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

09/12, 17.00 CET

Webinar - The Climate Story After Glasgow

Organiser: Covering Climate Now (CCNow)

For journalists, perhaps the most important element of the Glasgow Climate Pact is its call for governments to bring updated action plans to next year’s COP27 in Egypt. Limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C thus will depend in no small part on how much scrutiny and accountability the news media and the rest of civil society focus on laggard governments over the next twelve months.

At this Talking Shop, CCNow will discuss what exactly did and didn’t happen at COP26. They'll talk through what those results imply for how news coverage should present the climate story to the public in 2022. Without being activists ourselves, how can journalism hold governments, business institutions, and other powerful interests accountable for making the deep, rapid shifts that science says are necessary to preserve a livable planet while also addressing the suffering and damage already underway, especially in the global South?

You can find more information and register via this link.

10/12, 16.00 CET

Webinar - Will China's new coal plants become stranded economic assets?

Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

Despite its carbon neutrality commitments, China is continuing to build new coal-fired plants. Several analyses of Chinese coal plants’ financial prospects suggest that such investments by China’s power companies will become stranded assets from the perspective of their investors. These assessments are grounded in financial analyses of the power plant from this investor perspective, rather than explicitly considering the economic returns that in principle motivate China’s government, particularly in its role as shareholder of the state-owned power companies that dominate coal-fired generation in China. We revisit the prospect of these plants becoming stranded assets through this “economic” prism, taking into account China’s rising climate ambition.

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

14/12, 14.00 CET

Webinar - State of the European Green Deal

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

The meeting will be offering an end of year high level views on the Fit for 55 Package and the State of the European Green Deal.

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

14/12, 15.00 CET

Webinar - Ocean and climate: how to make your audience click on the link?

Organiser: Sparknews

Want to better understand what has gotten out of COP26 when it comes to the ocean? Explore ways in which you, as a journalist, can cover its challenges and engage your audiences beyond the bloom and gloom of ocean-related news? 

You’ve come to the right place! 

Join us on December 14th at 3pm CET and meet:

  • Sarah Cooley, Director of Climate Science at Ocean Conservancy 
  • Marlowe Hood, senior Science and Environment Correspondent and Global Coordinator for Climate Change for AFP
  • and Jessica Aldred, Special Projects Editor and lead of the Ocean section of the China Dialogue

This hour-long discussion will be the opportunity to explore how the media can contribute to reestablishing the connections between ocean, climate issues and mankind’s survival, and push ocean challenges up the agenda.

You can find more information and register via this link.



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