Sessions also related to the Climate theme

Deep dive on Energy & Climate (from 09:00 to 12:00)

Integrating sustainable energy strategies in NDCs

Long-term energy and climate strategies need to integrate technologies in a systematic way, and must be adapted to the local context to address other societal and environmental challenges as well as economic development.

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the long-term climate goals. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and provide a framework for national long-term energy and climate strategies and planning. But as the guidelines for the development of the NDCs are not very strict, it remains uncertain how they will lead to the uptake of mitigation measures consistent with the national & regional climate goals.

During this deep dive workshop, we will discuss how the development of climate strategies (such as in the NDCs) can be translated into concrete and effective climate measures, and how climate strategies and their measures can be monitored and evaluated to provide concrete, transparent & understandable information.

    Welcome & coffee
    Introduction to the NDCs deep dive workshop

    The deep dive workshop on integrating sustainable energy strategies in NDCs aspires to discuss the gap between (1) defining a climate strategy in the NDC, (2) the relating climate change mitigation measures that are needed, and (3) the actual implementation of climate actions, and the key hurdles that need to be taken to implement sustainable energy & climate strategies in an integrated way.

    Break-out sessions

    In a number of break-out sessions, policymakers, delegates from international organisations and technology providers will tackle the issue of how the development of climate strategies can be translated into concrete and effective climate measures, and how climate strategies and their measures can be monitored and evaluated to provide concrete, transparent & understandable information. During these sessions, we will try to capture lessons learned from the first INDCs and NDCs and collect views from different stakeholders on barriers and actions to put the NDCs into operation.

    Panel discussion

    - Bernd Hackmann, Programme Officer UNFCCC Secretariat

    - Roland Roesch, Deputy Director IIRC (IRENA)

    - Nurzat Myrsalieva, Senior Expert Energy Systems and Infrastructure (UNIDO)

    - Rose Mwebaza, Director Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

    - Tom Dauwe, MRV expert of the European Topic Center on Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/VITO)

    Live broadcast to members NDC Partnership (TBC)

    Bernd Hackmann Rose Mwebaza Roland Roesch Nurzat Myrsaliev Tom Dauwe

    Sessions also related to the Climate theme

    Deep dive on Water & Climate (from 15:30 to 16:50)

    Grey to green infrastructure

    Chairperson: Ger Bergkamp

    Grey to green infrastructure: can nature teach us climate resilience?

    In this session, the focus will be on what is needed and what is and will be available to make water and climate resilient management contribute to realizing the SDGs. In interaction with the audience, keynote speaker and panelist will review and discuss how identified market ready technological solutions can contribute to water security and climate resiliency.

    The output of this deep-dive session will be a factsheet describing the various drivers, challenges and opportunities for up-scaling market ready technologies that contribute to specific climate resilient water management. The discussions at G-STIC 2019 will set-up further work, in 2020, towards a ‘living overview’ of selected market ready technologies specific to climate resilient water management that can deliver on the water-related SDGs by 2030. The ‘living overview’ will form a contribution to the development of Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmaps for the SDGs.

    Innovations for achieving the SDGs with climate resilient water infrastructure

    Mehdi Ahmadi will elaborate on how water and climate resilient management will shape the transition in water management and contribute to delivering the SDGs. The focus will be on what is needed and what is and will be available to make water and climate resilient management contribute to realizing the SDGs. This will entail innovations, technologies, new approaches and cover both grey and green infrastructure solutions.

    Mehdi Ahmadi
    Interactive panel discussion

    Moderators: Durk Krol, Executive Director, WSSTP (Belgium) and Ger Bergkamp (ARCOWA)


    - Dr Hartwig Kremer, Senior Programme Officer, Head of the Global Environment Monitoring Unit, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) (Water quality perspective on resilient infrastructure)

    - Mrs Corinne Trommsdorf, Water Wise Cities, IWA – International Water Association (Urban perspective on climate resilient water infrastructure)

    - Prof. Dr Luuk Dorren, Professor School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, Bern Applied University (Switzerland) (Infrastructure resilience and risk management)

    - Polite Laboyrie, President Central Dredging Association / Witteveen+Bos, The Netherlands (Dredging and Working with Nature for resilient water infrastructure)

    - Mr. Samir Jazouli, Marketing Manager for Wastewater and Reuse, Market Coordinator for Oil & Gas, Veolia, France (System change to create climate resilient water infrastructure)

    - Ase Johannessen, Researcher Environmental Risk, Technical University Delft, The Netherlands (Societal and institutional collaboration and learning)

    Durk Krol Ger Bergkamp Corinne Trommsdorff Hartwig Kremer Luuk Dorren Polite Laboyrie Ase Johannessen Samir Jazouli
    Concluding remarks

    Deep dive (from 10:30 to 12:00)

    CO2 as a resource

    During the 2017 G-STIC, a Topical Session was organized with the title ‘CO2 as a resource’. This session had presentations on the use of CO2 as a carbon feedstock. This is known as Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) and includes processes in which CO2 from point sources or from the atmosphere is being used as feedstock. The 2017 topical session focused on the transformation of gaseous carbon resources into chemicals, fuels and materials and showcased promising examples of CCU technologies that have already reached (pre)commercial scale and discussed the drivers and barriers for further implementation.

    Building upon this and the increasing awareness on the climate mitigation potential of CCU, during G-STIC 2019, on 22nd November G-STIC a special session ‘CO2 as a resource’ will be organized. In this special session attention will be given to integrated value chains for reuse of CO2, their market potential, their macro-economic impact and the related societal issues and the policy dimensions will be presented. Next to the potential for climate mitigation, CCU will be related to the implementation of the SDGs, what is at the core of the G-STIC objectives. By way of introduction, a visionary and forward-looking set of ideas – that were published in Nature-Communication in 2019 - on the future development of CCU in a systemic context, will be presented by one of its authors. By way of conclusion, VITO will present its vision in which it is carrying out research, development and demonstration into the possibilities that CO2 could offer us when considered as a resource, not as a waste.

    Introductory presentation: Market potential for CCU

    In this presentation, we discuss the reasons for CCU interest, the CO2 supply and demand, we provide a brief overview of CO2 capture technologies and provide some details on sustainability aspects and the EU ETS system.

    Metin Bulut
    A visionary proposal: Crowd oil not crude oil

    The vision of crowd oil. Renewable oil wells, a distributed social technology, whereby people in homes, offices and commercial buildings all around the world, collectively harvest renewable electricity and heat and use air conditioning and ventilation systems to capture CO2 and H2O from ambient air and convert it, by chemical processes, into renewable synthetic oil—crowd oil—substituting for non-renewable fossil-based oil—a step towards a circular CO2 economy for the benefit of all.

    Roland Dittmeyer
    The Social Acceptance of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation: A Review

    While technical research and development into the feasibility of CO2 utilisation options are accelerating rapidly, at present, there has been limited research into the social acceptance of the technology and CO2-derived products. This presentation outlines and explores three key dimensions of social acceptance (i.e., socio-political, market, and community acceptance) pertaining to innovation within CO2 utilisation.

    Katy Armstrong
    The UN Sustainable Development Goals as Policy Framework for CCU Technologies

    Can CCU technologies contribute to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals until 2030?

    Can the SDGs provide a policy framework for the further development of CCU technologies?

    Barbara Olfe-Kräutlein
    Capture and reutilization: the VITO vision

    By capturing CO2 before it leaves the factory chimney, we prevent the carbon dioxide from being released into the air. Another way is to extract CO2 directly from the air. The technology for both systems already exists, but the big question is how we can make that technology cheaper and more effective. In 2018, VITO launched a pilot project to extract CO2 directly from the air via the fans it uses at the Balmatt site in Mol, Belgium. Until now the price of captured CO2 does not really allow economic use. VITO’s research project should offer insights into a viable economic price for captured CO2.

    Dirk Fransaer

    Plenary session (from 12:00 to 14:00)

    Workshop: How SDG-Proof is Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU)?

    Interactive workshop

    In this workshop the 17 SDGs will be used as a sustainability assessment tool to evaluate -in a holistic way- the current technologies of Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU). Based on the ‘SDG Spider Web’, a methodology developed by CIFAL Flanders, we will assess Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in view of the 5 Ps of the 2030 Agenda: what is the possible positive and/or negative impact of CCU on planet, people, prosperity, peace and partnership.

    Semi-plenary session on Main & Climate (from 14:00 to 15:15)

    Safe climate for all

    Identifying integrated technological solutions for a safe climate

    The semi-plenary session on November 22 will identify and select clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions to tackle the ‘Safe climate for all’ societal challenge. During this semi-plenary session, keynote speakers will give an overview of disruptive technologies that can substantively contribute to combatting climate change and its profound negative impact on the global economy. Together with this, the critical levers of change that need to take place to deploy these technologies will be presented and discussed. Each presentation will start from the specific institutional perspective of the speaker: United Nations (CTCN and TEC), European Union (Climate KIC), research organization (VITO Belgium and IITT) and a non-governmental organization (Project Drawdown). Panel and audience members will give their views and opinions during the subsequent panel discussion.


    - Kirsten Dunlop, CEO Climate-KIC

    Interactive panel discussion


    - Rose Mwebaza, Director Climate Technology Centre & Network, UNFCCC

    - Leen Govaerts, Unit Manager Smart Energy & Built Environment, VITO

    - Ambuj Sagar, Vipula and Mahesh Chaturvedi Professor of Policy Studies, IITD

    - Chad Frischmann, Vice President and Research Director, Project Drawdown

    - Affi Patience, Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation Programme Coordinator, Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE) (tbc)

    Kirsten Dunlop Kirsten Dunlop Ambuj Sagar Rose Mwebaza Chad Frischmann Leen Govaerts

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