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Jan
24
Mon
Right to Energy Forum 2022 @ Online event
Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm – Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm
Right to Energy Forum 2022 @ Online event

Right to Energy Forum 2022 – Ending energy poverty in Europe

Organised by: Right to Energy Coalition

Jan
25
Tue
What has energy system modelling ever done for us? @ Online event
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
What has energy system modelling ever done for us? @ Online event

What has energy system modelling ever done for us? Professor Paul Dodds’ Inaugural Lecture

About this lecture

Energy system modelling has a prominent role in energy policy development in many countries.  Scenarios are developed to both identify and communicate decarbonisation strategies and challenges.  Yet these models have been criticised as being unrealistic, opaque, and therefore liable to lead to poor policies.  In this lecture, we will discuss the strengths and weakness of energy system models for understanding decarbonisation, using hydrogen as a case study.  We will consider how their use for policy development might be improved in the future, and how the criticisms might be addressed.  Finally, we will consider potential future model developments, and where it would be better to adopt a different type of model or method altogether.

About Professor Paul Dodds

Paul Dodds is Professor of Energy Systems at UCL. His research spans the boundary between economics and engineering. He primarily focuses on the development and use of energy system models. He leads the development of the UK TIMES model, which is used for decarbonisation assessments by a range of academics and stakeholders including the UK Government. He has published on a range of energy sectors and has particularly focused on hydrogen over the last decade, including proposing the conversion of the gas distribution networks to deliver hydrogen. He co-chairs the BEIS standards and regulations working group of the Hydrogen Advisory Council, and represents the UK Government at IEA Hydrogen and IEA ETSAP meetings. He is part of the UK Energy Research Centre, the UK CCS Research Centre, and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supergen Hub.”

 

Reaching Zero with Renewables: Capturing carbon @ Online event
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Reaching Zero with Renewables: Capturing carbon @ Online event

“Reaching Zero with Renewables: Capturing carbon”

IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5°C pathway foresees that 90% of the solutions to bring us to net-zero by 2050 involve renewable energy through direct supply of renewables, electrification, energy efficiency, green hydrogen, and bioenergy combined with carbon capture and storage. Only in residual use of fossil fuels and some industrial processes, such as cement, chemicals and iron and steel, decarbonisation efforts may require CCS and CO2 removal technologies and measures. This webinar will share key takeaways from the recent IRENA report Reaching Zero With Renewables: Capturing Carbon on the status and potential of carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies and their roles alongside renewables in the deep decarbonisation of energy systems in the context of global pathways to net-zero emissions.

Featured speakers:

  • Martina Lyons, End use sectors and innovation team, IRENA

Register here

Jan
26
Wed
Clean Energy – Growing from Need to Certification @ Online event
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Clean Energy - Growing from Need to Certification @ Online event

Clean Energy – Growing from Need to Certification

The clean energy landscape is constantly evolving. The need for sustainable energy sources is undeniable – but how do we guarantee the renewable origin? What if you could trace the generation and use of clean energy all the way to an end product? There is both quantitative and qualitative value in producing and using products coming from clean energy. However, in order to realize that value, you have to be able to prove the sustainable origin. Now you can. Utilizing decentralized ledger technology, an automated and reliable green energy certification can be issued instantly, at low cost. From tax reductions via carbon border adjustments to enabling clean energy trading, the sky is the limit for “Clean Energy Certification”.

In the 13th ERA Forum Webinar, Siemens Energy experts will discuss the digital service, Clean Energy Certification. Listen to a presentation about legally compliant sustainability certificates and their immediate impact to products like green hydrogen, e-methanol and low-carbon aluminum. Join us to connect with these experts and ask them any question that you may have.

The webinar will be developed in two session with the same content:

  • 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM CET
  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM CET

Register here.

LOCOMINAR: Material requirements for the green transition @ Online event
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
LOCOMINAR: Material requirements for the green transition @ Online event

About this event

An interactive discussion about key issues related to material requirements for the green transition and potential ways forward.

The transition towards a climate neutral economy, as proposed by the European Green Deal, is highly resource intensive. Hence, the mining and use of metals and minerals have come under the political spotlight. The demand for many metals is predicted to rapidly increase under the EU’s twin green and digital transition plans. What does it mean for the private sector? We would like to discuss with experts from different sector key issues related to material requirements for the green transition and potential ways forward.

This event will be part of LOCOMOTION (‘Low-carbon society: an enhanced modelling tool for the transition to sustainability’) which is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to develop scientific models to assess the socioeconomic and environmental impact of different policy options to help society make informed decisions about the transition to a more sustainable future.

The aim of the event is to:

  • create a dialogue between science and the private sector;
  • present the challenges that come with trying to achieve low-carbon and sustainable targets (e.g. minerals x green transition);
  • discuss the current policy context and how it might evolve in the coming months as well as good practices, recommendations and offer a time for ambitious reflection.

A more detailed agenda and speakers will be communicated closer to the event.

Register here.

Jan
27
Thu
POLITICO Pro Workshop – Fit for 55 – ambition and implementation @ Online event
Jan 27 @ 8:45 am – 10:30 am
POLITICO Pro Workshop – Fit for 55 – ambition and implementation @ Online event

In 2021, the European Commission presented its Fit for 55 package setting out how the block intends to cut its emissions. But aerobic club-sounding tag line aside, will the package of measures survive in their current form? And what does the implementation of the far-reaching bundle of legislation look like in the latter part of 2022? Join this Pro Premium workshop for a data-driven insight into the EU’s ambitions for emissions reduction and to hear from experts and peers what it means for your sector. In an exclusive face-to-face discussion with our reporters, we address the burning questions around one of the Commission’s key priorities.

ABOUT THE PRO WORKSHOPS: In an interactive and intimate setting, Pro workshops offer a crash course for professionals who need actionable intelligence, reliable insight, and a deep understanding of upcoming EU political and policy transformations. These events observe the Chatham House Rule.

Discover all the upcoming POLITICO Pro Workshops.

PARTICIPANTS: Policy Officers, Government, Regulatory Affairs Managers, Policy affairs Associates, consultants.

HOW TO ATTEND: Email pro@politico.eu to discover POLITICO Pro and the Pro workshops.

Farm to Fork Strategy – What are the policy instruments needed to reach the targets? @ Online event
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Farm to Fork Strategy – What are the policy instruments needed to reach the targets? @ Online event

The Farm to Fork strategy, which outlines several targets to green the EU’s agri-food sector, has sparked debate ever since its unveiling in May 2020.

The outcomes of some initial studies on the Farm to Fork’s impact concluded that the Farm to Fork’s goals are in reach but risk a significant reduction in EU food production and farmers’ income, underlining their fears about the strategy’s potential impact on the sector.

Environmental organisations have been quick to highlight the shortcomings of these. They say the studies do not consider the full range of benefits that more sustainable production would bring to the sector.

A main divide between the two sides is that industry wants an overall impact assessment of the Farm to Fork strategy, whereas environmental organisations believe that evaluating each measure in the strategy would be sufficient.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss what we still do not know about the impact of the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy on farmers, consumers, and the environment. And what policy instruments will be needed to reach the targets?

Panellists

Diana Lenzi, President, European council of young farmers (CEJA)
David Baldock, Senior Fellow, Agriculture and Land Management Programme, IEEP

More speakers to be confirmed soon.

Jan
31
Mon
Energy Transition Expertise Centre Stakeholder Workshop @ Online event
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Energy Transition Expertise Centre Stakeholder Workshop @ Online event

The first Energy transition expertise centre (EnTEC) stakeholder workshop is organised jointly by the European Commission and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. It aims to inform stakeholders about the EnTEC project and present the first 2 in-depth studies:

  • Enabling the Energy Transition – How flexible digital options can support
  • The role of renewable H2 import & storage to scale up the EU deployment of H2

Fraunhofer ISI will introduce the project. The EnTEC partners McKinsey and Trinomics will present the studies. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to discuss the study results and ask questions to the project team.

Background

The Energy transition expertise centre (EnTEC) is a (virtual) multi-disciplinary centre of expertise for the energy transition, aiming to identify relevant future topics for the energy transition.

EnTEC has been set-up to reply to the challenges of the clean energy transition and to meet the ambitious targets of the European Green Deal. Its main objective is to monitor and analyse trends in technologies and innovations that are relevant for the energy transition, in the energy sector, but also in other relevant sectors, in particular transport and mobility, industry, the digital sector and cities, homes and buildings. Its work is also related to the overall aim of creating a (more) sustainable society. Furthermore, the EnTEC experts analyse impacts of technologies and innovations on the energy transition, provide recommendations for policy responses that guide the energy transition and its impact on – and interaction with – other sectors and with other policy areas.

To achieve this, EnTEC elaborates and applies a systematic framework for monitoring and identification of relevant topics, of which 3-4 are selected on an annual basis and defined for an explorative or in-depth analysis. The explorative/in-depth projects are framed and conducted by the Innovation Research Team (IRES) of the EnTEC and external experts.

Register here.

Critical raw materials: an essential building block for the future of Europe @ EESC 99 rue Belliard Brussels Belgium
Jan 31 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Critical raw materials: an essential building block for the future of Europe @ EESC 99 rue Belliard Brussels Belgium

The EESC has carried out extensive work in the past years on topics linked to mining and raw materials. With the publication in September 2020 of the Commission’s Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, and building on the past experience, the EESC has been carrying out activity on this issue that included its opinion CCMI 177, several follow up meetings (including cooperation in the framework of the European Parliament’s own initiative report on the subject), a webinar, several press and public publications and the participation of the EESC in the European Raw Materials Alliance as observer.

In addition, the issue of critical raw materials is topical and gaining momentum. The European Parliament has adopted its report on this topic on 23 November 2021. The Updated industrial strategy as well as the Commission’s 2021 Strategic Foresight Report both put a strong spotlight on the importance of critical raw materials to achieve strategic autonomy for EU industry and society. Also, the European Raw Materials Alliance will be launching new clusters of activity in 2022. In short, there is high need for the public discourse to continue and for civil society to continue its involvement on the subject.

Building on previous activity, this conference will specifically zoom in on two aspects: 1) Securing EU’s open strategic autonomy: the role of critical raw materials in EU industry’s green and digital transition calls for solutions to secure supply and ensure resilience 2) The importance of circularity and of creating a market for secondary raw materials in Europe to secure EU’s resilience.

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Min­ing and the Gen­o­cide-Eco­cide Nexus @ Online event
Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Min­ing and the Gen­o­cide-Eco­cide Nexus @ Online event

Speakers:

Capitalism and Industrialism have been systematically consuming the planet, working to assimilate and homogenize human and nonhumans into their networks of production and consumption. This has had exterminating consequences, taking a serious toll on human and biological diversity, triggering widespread socio-ecological crisis, climate catastrophe, and is making a sixth extinction an imminent possibility. John Clark consequently has argued that the ‘Necrocene’ is far more accurate than the Anthropocene to describe this geological epoch. The harsh realities of technological capitalism raise the conceptual relevance of genocide and ecocide in research. Why are researchers systematically underestimating the progressive and ‘slow’ cumulative impact of capitalism, industrialization, and technological development?

This webinar focuses on bridging this gap by exploring colonial/critical genocide studies in relationship to political ecology, anthropology, and human geography. Discussing critical genocide studies in relationship to fieldwork, this webinar unpacks the particular relevance of the ‘genocide-ecocide nexus’ to political ecology, but also the difficult dilemmas faced when substantiating the claims of research participants on the ground. This webinar begins with the keynote speaker, Dr. Alexander Dunlap, who will give a presentation based around two open access articles (see links below) discussing how they came to critical genocide studies, their experience with applying these terms, their relevance, and the dilemmas.

Laying out a terrain of terms, reasons, and concerns, 3 discussants— Markus Kröger, Sakshi Aravind and Martín Correa Arce—will reflect on these studies, concerns, and dilemmas in relation to their own experiences, work, and ideas. After short presentations from each these scholars and an exchange, the floor will then open for a facilitated Q&A session with the attendants.

Time: On Monday, January 31, 2022, from 16-18 (UTC+2)

Place: Zoom

There is no charge for attending the event, however registration is required. Please register using this link by January 28, 2022.