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Sustainable Energy


September 2018

100% Clean Energy Transition

A discussion convened by The Climate Group focusing on how companies can accelerate their 100% clean energy transition will take place during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. The event will explore innovative renewable energy solutions with corporate members of the RE100 campaign and specialist companies providing solutions to drive action and profit. Companies joining RE100, a collaborative, global initiative by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), make a global, public commitment to 100% renewable electricity.

date: 25 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/100-clean-energy-transit...
http://there100.org/

An Investor’s Approach to Climate Change Policy

A breakfast roundtable on the theme, ‘An Investor’s Approach to Climate Change Policy,’ hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and VoLo Foundation, will convene during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. The event will discuss investors’ role in shaping climate policies that catalyze bold climate action. Speakers will assess the opportunities and challenges of developing policies that create investment incentives to accelerate clean power and reduce carbon emissions. The event is by invitation only.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/investors-approach-clima...

Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This event will explore the potential of voluntary standards as powerful tools in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will take place as a side session to the 41st ISO General Assembly (GA), and will bring together representatives of the standards community, UN agencies, corporate entities, diplomats and national policymakers. The event will present practical approaches for standards users (for example, mapping tools created by UNECE that link standards with the SDGs they can support), and examine four SDGs in detail: SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation); SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities); and SDG 13 (Climate action). Follow the conversation on twitter here: #StandardsfortheSDGs.

date: 26 September 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/sdgs-isoweek2018.html

October 2018

Third Meeting of the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation

At its third meeting, the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation will continue to review the geopolitical implications of the expected energy transformation and the large scale deployment of renewable energies.

Launched by the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in January 2018, the Commission is composed of senior and experienced individuals drawn from a range of geographical and professional backgrounds. Its mandate is to: review how energy transformation may change national and global politics; develop a knowledge framework on the geopolitical challenges and opportunities associated with energy transformation; develop conclusions for further discussion; and develop an action framework laying out how countries can thrive in the new energy economy under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. A summary of the first meeting is here.

The Commission is seeking views and perspectives by energy experts from academia, politics and the private sectors. Experts can submit written statements of up to 2000 words on the geopolitical implications of the energy transformation until 30 September 2018.

dates: 1-3 October 2018 location: Reykjavik, Iceland contact: Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation e-mail: geopolitics@irena.org www: http://www.irena.org/events/2018/Oct/3rd-Meeting-of-Global-C...
http://geopoliticsofrenewables.org/

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2018 (MENACW 2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of MENACW 2018 is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs.

With MENA Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, MENACW 2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the MENA Talanoa Dialogue. MENACW 2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and others.

dates: 8-10 October 2018 location: TBA www: https://nfpartnership.org/middle-east-and-north-africa-clima...

Local Renewables Conference

The Local Renewables Conference on the theme, ‘Urban Transformation to a Circular Economy,’ will bring together cities, policymakers from European and national governments, businesses, and research and finance institutions for the ninth edition of the Local Renewables Series. Organized by the Cities of Freiburg and Basel, together with ICLEI Europe, the conference will showcase practical and innovative examples of how to reduce energy and resource use, and make ideal use of energy sources and other resources in the region.

The meeting will explore, inter alia: ways to ensure that global energy goals, including the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs, are reached; potential of circularity of local renewables; transformation needed for cities to shift to a circular economy and ways to manage such transformation; investment and financing options; and engagement of relevant stakeholders, such as citizens, public authorities and the private sector, in the urban transformation.

dates: 24-26 October 2018 location: Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany additional: Basel, Switzerland(multiple cities) www: http://www.local-renewables-conference.org/freiburg-and-base...

Asia Clean Energy Summit and Singapore International Energy Week

The Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) is a regional platform focusing on clean energy technology, policy and finance supported by leading government agencies, research institutes and industry in Singapore. It provides a forum for regional thought leaders from the public and private sector to collaborate on critical issues and opportunities in harnessing clean energy for the future. The event will feature a clean energy leaders' dialogue and sessions on solar energy, wind energy, energy storage and energy investment in Asia. ACES 2018 is organized by the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore.

In parallel to the Summit, the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) provides a platform for energy professionals, policymakers and commentators to discuss and share best practices and solutions within the global energy space. The series of events aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas regarding energy issues in Asia while supporting innovation and effective competition in the energy market, promoting a dynamic energy sector and ensuring energy security. SIEW will take place from 29 October to 2 November.

dates: 31 October - 2 November 2018 venue: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singappore 018956 location: Singapore, Singapore contact: ACES Secretariat phone: +65 6880 8665 www: https://www.asiacleanenergysummit.com
https://www.siew.sg/about-us/about-siew

4th International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) aims to support the exchange of experience and sharing of best practices on design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems.

The event will bring together international experts from the off-grid renewable energy value chain, with representatives from policy-makers, rural electrification agencies, private sector, NGOs, academia, financing institutions and international organizations. IOREC will take place as a co-located event with the Asia Clean Energy Summit.

dates: 31 October - 1 November 2018 venue: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singappore 018956 location: Singapore, Singapore contact: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) phone: +971 2 417 9000 e-mail: iorec@irena.org www: http://www.irena.org/events/2018/Oct/International-Off-Grid-...
http://iorec.irena.org/

November 2018

Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

The Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development seeks to provide policymakers and experts from various parts of the energy sector with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the fast-paced energy transition, review the activities to date and make further progress towards meeting the SDGs. It will follow up on the recommendations from the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in June 2017 and the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The forum will comprise an opening ministerial session, plenary sessions and parallel workshops under four main tracks: energy transition and decarbonization; robust systems and infrastructure; matchmaking and investor confidence; and “hot topics” and “deep dives.” It will also include the annual sessions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency and Group of Experts on Renewable Energy.

The forum is co-organized by the Government of Ukraine and the five UN Regional Commissions, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment), the World Bank, International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other stakeolders.

dates: 12-15 November 2018 location: Kiev, Kyyiv, Ukraine www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=49144

Global Business and Biodiversity Forum

The Global Business and Biodiversity Forum 2018 will convene on the theme, ‘Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet’. The event will seek to facilitate the exchange of lessons learned and catalyze action within the business sector for safeguarding biodiversity.

The Forum will gather businesses, government representatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders that are taking strategic action to mainstream biodiversity and capitalize on the opportunities effective mainstreaming can attract and provide. The topics of the Forum include: state of biodiversity and relevance to business; mainstreaming in energy, manufacturing and processing, infrastructure and mining; tools for mainstreaming; partnership and effective engagement; finance and investing; access and benefit sharing; and innovation.

Co-organized by the Government of Egypt and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Business and Biodiversity Forum will take place from 14-15 November 2018, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, ahead of the opening of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the CBD.

dates: 14-15 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt www: https://www.cbd.int/business/meetings-events/2018/default.sh...
https://www.cbd.int/business/doc/2018-bf-cop-14-draft-agenda...

101st Meeting of the CDM Executive Board (EB 101)

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) will convene its 101st meeting in Katowice, Poland, ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC.

The CDM EB supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).

dates: 26-29 November 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland www: https://unfccc.int/event/101st-meeting-of-the-cdm-executive-...

Fourth Meeting of the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation

At its fourth meeting, the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation will review its draft report on the geopolitical implications of the expected energy transformation and the large scale deployment of renewable energies.

Launched by the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in January 2018, the Commission is composed of senior and experienced individuals drawn from a range of geographical and professional backgrounds. Its mandate is to: review how energy transformation may change national and global politics; develop a knowledge framework on the geopolitical challenges and opportunities associated with energy transformation; develop conclusions for further discussion; and develop an action framework laying out how countries can thrive in the new energy economy under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. A summary of the first meeting is here.

The Commission is expected to publish its final report in January 2019 during the IRENA Assembly.

dates: 27-29 November 2018 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates contact: Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation e-mail: geopolitics@irena.org www: http://geopoliticsofrenewables.org/

May 2019

Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10)

The Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) will be hosted by Canada during the week of 27 May 2019, alongside the 4th annual Mission Innovation (MI4). The CEM consists of 24 countries and the EU, who together account for 90% of all investment in clean energy in the world and 75% of global GHG emissions. CEM focuses on practical co-operation, the exchange of good ideas and experiences within green solutions and the involvement of the private sector. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CEM8 is here, and the summary of CEM9 is here.

date: 27 May 2019 location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...

September 2019

UN 2019 Climate Summit

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will convene a summit to mobilize political and economic energy at the highest levels to advance climate action that will enable implementation of many of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN 2019 Climate Summit will convene on the theme ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win,’ and seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in six areas: energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action, and resilience.

The Summit will build on the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, among others.

We will update this page as more information becomes available, including the dates for the event.

date: 17 September 2019 [tentative] location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/climatechange/index.shtml

October 2019

2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC)

The Republic of Korea will host the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (2019 IREC). Previous IREC conferences have been organized at approximately two-year intervals. MEXIREC convened from 11-13 September 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico. SDG Knowledge Hub summaries of additional events are as follows: SAIREC 2015; ADIREC 2013; DIREC 2010; and WIREC 2008.

dates: 23-26 October 2019 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea www: http://www.ren21.net/