Orgalime, Brussels, 10 December 2018.
The Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance and the Community of Practice in Financial Research (CoPFiR), both set up by the European Commission, announced a call for papers for a conference on ‘Promoting sustainable finance’. The purpose of the two-day event is to allow researchers to present policy-relevant empirical papers and to promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge between academics, professionals and policymakers on how to mobilise the necessary financing for green and sustainable investments. European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis will be speaking at this event.
We will be discussing the inherent benefits of using public procurement strategically, as well as allowing for more innovation through public procurement – especially when public procurers join forces. This in turn, will allow for relevant green and climate smart innovations to be available at scale at an accelerated rate.
Four Horizon 2020 projects – Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE), Hotmaps, Planheat and Thermos – discussed ground-breaking modelling tools for heating and cooling planning during an interactive workshop organised in Denmark. The workshop emphasised the importance of research, innovation and demonstration projects for thermal planning tools.
The projects awarded the EU funding are expected to develop technologies for capturing, storing and conversion of CO2 and contribute to the transition to clean energy through researching its social aspects, modelling, building education and research capabilities and focusing on coal-intensive regions.
With hydrogen’s widely recognised role as a safe and clean energy carrier, research into its production, particularly from renewable sources, has intensified. One of several pathways to generate hydrogen is the separation of water using sunlight with the help of photocatalysts. Partially supported by the EU-funded DYNAPORE project, researchers have synthesised a new organic material for photocatalytic solar hydrogen production, or water splitting. Their findings were published recently in the journal ‘Nature Chemistry’.
OSLO and COPENHAGEN – Dr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, visited Norway and Denmark to present the latest findings from the World Energy Outlook, highlight the IEA’s emphasis on carbon capture, utilization and storage, and discuss the state of the global energy system.
The International Energy Agency on Wednesday held a meeting of the IEA Energy Business Council, which brings together representatives of the world’s largest energy companies, to discuss the state of the global energy system.
With the publication of the Report of the HLEG on Sustainable Finance and the Commission’s Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth, sustainable finance is gaining momentum in Europe. Yet market practices are still largely based on neo-classical finance (efficient markets and portfolio theory) with little space for sustainability considerations in financial decision-making. The event will discuss which steps are needed to really change current practices and speed up sustainable finance. This event will be livestreamed. There is no need to register for the livestream.