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Sustainable Energy


May 2019

UNESCO International Water Conference

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Water Conference will focus on the theme, ‘Leveraging Intersectorality for Sustainable Water Security and Peace’.

In light of the fact that many human activities depend on water, including food production, energy generation, industry and recreation, and that water management and governance affect the health of humans and ecosystems and reflect the regional conditions of poverty, gender equality, education and cultural diversity, the conference aims to:

  • discuss intersectoral approaches to the governance and management of water resources;
  • launch a Call for Action to foster intersectoral water management;

  • share good practices enabling participation, transparency and information sharing; and

  • provide evidence of the importance of interdisciplinarity and the integration of sciences to support countries in achieving the goals of water-related international agendas.

dates: 13-14 May 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://en.unesco.org/events/unesco-international-water-conf...

World Hydropower Congress

The 7th World Hydropower Congress will consider the theme, ‘The Power of Water in a Sustainable, Interconnected World,’ as well as hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs.

The event will bring together industry, government, finance and civil society representatives to set priorities for the future of the sector.

The Congress is organized by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and hosted in partnership with the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP).

dates: 14-16 May 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://congress.hydropower.org/

23rd International Transport and Air Pollution Conference

The 23rd International Transport and Air Pollution (TAP) Conference will bring together scientists, researchers, transport users and decision makers under the theme, ‘2020-2030: Transport in Critical Transition’.

Participants will consider ways for transport systems to meet their sustainability targets. Specific discussion areas include electromobility in the road sector, clean maritime shipping, fuels and energy decarbonization, air pollution/climate change trade-offs, low-emission engines and vehicles, and enhanced air quality modelling tools and their impacts on regulation and decision making.

The Conference is organized by the Labs of Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering of Aristotle University Thessaloniki and EMISIA SA.

dates: 15-17 May 2019 location: Thessaloniki, Greece www: https://www.tapconference.org/

International Conference on Climate Action – ICCA2019

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Heidelberg will jointly host the International Conference on Climate Action – ICCA2019 – in Heidelberg, from 22-23 May 2019. The conference will bring together leaders and decision-makers from countries, regions and cities as well as stakeholders and experts from around the world.

ICCA2019 will be a key moment in preparation for the September 2019 Climate Action Summit. ICCA2019 is also a stand-alone event dedicated to necessary vertical dialogue and cooperation among all levels of government. The program highlights necessary levers for climate adaptation and protection from the perspective of the sectors, and focuses on financing and governance with a significance for the local level.

dates: 22-23 May 2019 location: Germany additional: Heidelberg www: https://www.icca2019.org/

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...

June 2019

G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 15-16 June 2019 location: Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019

The 2019 edition of EU Sustainable Energy Week will take place from 17-21 June 2019.

The policy conference, which will take place from 18-20 June, is the biggest European conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders focus on sustainable energy issues, debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas. Next to the conference, the Networking Village brings the EUSEW Community together to forge alliances whilst the EUSEW Awards celebrate outstanding projects and ideas.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://eusew.eu/

6th International Conference Energy and Meteorology

The 6th International Conference Energy and Meteorology (ICEM 2019) will convene under the theme ‘Exploiting the Latest Weather and Climate Technology to Tackle the Energy Transition’.

Hosted by the World Energy and Meteorology Council (WEMC) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), ICEM 2019 will bring together representatives from industry and academia from the global energy and meteorology sectors to explore ways in which meteorological and climate information can help the energy industry develop more resilient and cleaner energy systems to help mitigate the effects of climate change and global warming.

dates: 24-27 June 2019 location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark www: http://www.wemcouncil.org/wp/icem2019/

August 2019

Regional Technical Expert Meeting on Circular Economy and Waste-to-Energy

This meeting will focus on various solutions aimed at achieving a shift towards circular economy and the associated “triple win” – economic, environmental and employment. Circular economy solutions contribute to a number of SDGs, including SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) by helping meet the overall energy needs and SDG 13 (climate action) by enabling greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. They also advance SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) by creating job opportunities and closed loops in industries and industrial symbiosis, and recovering energy/material from waste.

The meeting is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, with the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). It will be held in conjunction with the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week 2019.

date: 23 August 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://unfccc.int/ttclear/events/2018_event7

September 2019

14th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP 2019)

The 14th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP 2019) will convene on the theme, ‘Bridging Knowledge on Global Mercury with Environmental Responsibility, Human Welfare and Policy Response’.

The meeting will seek to assess implementation of solutions to reduce the emissions and exposure to mercury as a global environmental pollutant and test the efficiency of implementation of the Minamata Convention in various parts of the world.

The conference will bring together representatives from industry, government, research institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia to discuss, inter alia, options for low-mercury energy and industrial technologies and the concept of low-mercury society. The event will also showcase new equipment to measure mercury in various environmental samples, and technology to reduce mercury emissions and exposure.

The conference is organized under the patronage of the Polish Ministry of Energy and the City of Krakow, among others.

dates: 8-13 September 2019 location: Kraków (Cracow), Lesser Poland, Poland www: https://mercury2019krakow.com/gb/information.html

Climate Action Summit 2019

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, ‘Climate Action Summit 2019: A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win.’ It will 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.

In preparation for the Summit, nine coalitions have been established in order to ensure transformative outcomes, according to a briefing for Member States.

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.

The Climate Action Summit 2019 will take place the same week as the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD) and the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices opens, among other high-level discussions and in parallel to the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74).

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date: 23 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/

October 2019

International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will convene the 2019 International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power.

The conference will bring together Member States, representatives of relevant low-carbon energy sectors, international organizations and other stakeholders to discuss the scientific and technical aspects of the role of nuclear power in combating climate change.

Specific topics include: challenges and opportunities for existing nuclear power plants with respect to their continuous contribution to the avoidance of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; factors necessary to support high rates of deployment, including for advanced nuclear power technologies, consistent with achieving climate goals, including those established under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs, particularly SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 13 (climate action); and the prospects for synergies between nuclear power and other low-carbon energy sources.

dates: 7-11 October 2019 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.iaea.org/atoms4climate

Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019

The ‘Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019’ will bring together non-State actors fighting climate change on the African continent, including local governments, businesses, trade unions, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, women and youth organizations, researchers and other stakeholders in Accra, Ghana, to reinforce the operational roadmaps adopted at the 2018 edition of the Summit. The roadmaps on 1) adaptation, 2) agriculture, food and reforestation, 3) buildings, 4) education and training, 5) energy, 6) finance and 7) sustainable development cities provided a contribution to the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue.

The 2019 second edition of the Summit will focus on the following themes:

  • Access to climate finance in Africa;
  • Developing African cities in a sustainable way;
  • Agriculture, food and reforestation in Africa;
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa;
  • Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa;
  • Adaptation and water in Africa;
  • Sustainable building and construction in Africa;
  • Education and training on climate change in Africa; and
  • Circular economy in Africa.

The Summit is organized by the Climate Chance Association and the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).

dates: 16-18 October 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://www.climate-chance.org/en/climate-chance-africa-summ...

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/