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Sustainable Energy

June 2019

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/

Technical Expert Meetings on Mitigation 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and UNFCCC Secretariat will convene the 2019 Technical Expert Meetings on Mitigation (TEMs-M) on the theme, ‘Off-grid and Decentralized Energy Solutions for Smart Energy and Water Use in the Agri-food Chain’.

The meetings will seek to: identify and explore innovative solutions for securing clean energy and water access for the agri-food chain, including related off-grid renewable power systems, storage technology and energy-efficient solutions; and explore ways forward and necessary actions to be taken by Parties and non-Party stakeholders to replicate and upscale identified innovative solutions.

The 2019 TEM-Ms will take place in conjunction with the 50th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies.

dates: 20-21 June 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/TEMs-Mitigat...

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/

Stocktaking Meeting in Preparation for Climate Action Summit

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host a stocktaking meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, which will serve as a preparatory meeting for the Climate Action Summit. The meeting will review the reports of the nine coalitions established ahead of the Summit, in order to identify the actions and partnerships that can be presented at the Summit.

Coalitions have been established under nine tracks: the mitigation strategy track; the social and political drivers track; the youth and mobilization track; the energy transition track; the resilience and adaptation track; the nature-based solutions track; the infrastructure, cities and local government track; the climate finance and carbon pricing track; and the industry track.

dates: 30 June - 1 July 2019 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://sdg.iisd.org/news/nine-coalitions-to-craft-transform...

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

OceanObs’19: An Ocean of Opportunity

Part of the decadal conference series, OceanObs’19 will bring together the ocean observing community ranging from scientists to end users. The conference aims to “improve response to scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose integrated ocean observing system,” to help better understand the environment of the Earth, monitor climate, and inform adaptation strategies as well as the sustainable use of ocean resources.

OceanObs’19 will address the following themes: observing system governance; data and information systems; observing technologies and networks; pollution and human health; hazards and maritime safety; blue economy; discovery; ecosystem health and biodiversity; climate variability and change; and water, food and energy security.

The conference is organized with support from: the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the European Commission; the Global Climate Observing System – an initiative co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Science Council (ISC); and other partners.

dates: 16-20 September 2019 location: Honolulu, HI, US www: https://www.oceanobs19.net/

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

12th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change

The Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) will convene the 12th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change. The three-day event is organized under the auspices of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) and the UN Academic Impact (UNAI).

The Conference consist of three main parts: the 6th Green Energy Investments Forum will explore opportunities for investments that promote the transition to a low-carbon economy and the achievement of SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy); Scientific Sessions will feature presentations and discussions on energy and climate change research topics; and a Brokerage Session will bring together scientists, policymakers and stakeholders to discuss funding opportunities and enhance cooperation.

KEPA is the coordinator of PROMITHEASnet – the Energy and Climate Change network and BSEC-Green Energy Network.

dates: 9-11 October 2019 venue: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) location: Athens, Attiki, Greece www: https://promitheasconference.wordpress.com/

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/

May 2020

Sustainable Energy for All Forum 2020

Focusing on the theme, 'Building Speed, Reaching Scale, Closing the Gap,' the 2020 edition of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum will provide a global platform to mobilize resources, connect partners and showcase action to realize the promise of the sustainable energy revolution for everyone.

The event will bring together a diverse group of energy stakeholders to take stock of progress towards implementing SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and provide an opportunity to develop new partnerships, launch new financial instruments to close energy access gap, and connect with energy leaders from communities, cities, politics, business and finance.

The event will also seek to raise ambition under the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

dates: 26-28 May 2020 location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: SEforALL Secretariat e-mail: Forum@seforall.org www: http://seforallforum.org/forum-2020