Deep dive

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, Senior Expert with the UN Climate Change Secretariat UNFCCC

    - IRENA

    - NDC Partnership (TBC)

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

    - Marius Kaiser, Senior Climate Change Expert, World Bank Group (TBC)

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

    - More panelists to be announced

    Sessions also related to the Energy theme

    Partner event

    Accelerating clean energy transformation in partnership with the private sector

    The Climate Technology Centre and Network with support from the European Commission, is pleased to announce the first Private Sector Matchmaking Event for CTCN National Designated Entities (NDEs) in Asia Pacific, regional partners and Network Members. The event builds on the successes of the matchmaking events organized by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and will include an online profile and meeting brokering element along with in-session workshops which will be held during G-STIC 2019 on 20 and 21 November 2019.

    Welcome Remarks
    Accelerating clean energy transformation in partnership with the private sector

    Objective: To share experiences and lessons learned from successful clean energy technology partnerships with the private sector

    Panelists: Technology and innovation perspective, Financing perspective, Case sharing

    Coffee break
    Matchmaking session 1

    - Practicalities and agenda setting

    - Four rounds of 15 minutes matchmaking

    Welcome drink and networking

    Semi-plenary session

    Energy for all

    Chairperson: Leen Govaerts

    Opening remarks
    Opening Keynote
    Putting Technological Solutions to Work for Energy Access
    Interactive panel discussion

    Deep dive

    Modern district energy solutions

    Chairperson: Thomas Peterson

    This session focuses on the technologies needed and available for district energy systems and their interaction with regional energy system development strategy, planning and policy, and how to build an external active environment for technology innovation and commercialization. With different partners we want to discuss the main synergistic elements including policies, mechanisms, cooperation models etc.

    Keynote presentation
    Energy system modernization through advanced planning, technology, and implementation approaches

    Comprehensive approaches to energy systems development and management show high levels of observed performance as well as future promise under certain conditions, including full integration of supply and demand issues, consideration of multiple objectives, effective and transparent analysis, implementation focus, public private stakeholder collaboration, and advanced technical and facilitative assistance. However, to be effective, they also require high-level political support with particular attention to existing national objectives and, additionally, the installation of advanced planning and analysis capabilities to support immediate and long-term partnerships. As modern energy systems are developed and implemented, options for the improvement of policy and governance mechanisms and integrated business models for financing and investment are critical to reaching outcomes at scale. This paper will examine templates for such approaches and case-based results of their testing in both developed and emerging economies.

    Thomas Peterson
    Large-scale renovation of existing homes: how to co-create between technology and society?
    Renewable Energy Implementation and Planning Toolkit & Methodology Research: Case Study in Guangdong

    Key purposes of developing the REI and Planning Toolkit are to assist jurisdictions (cities, provinces/states, and countries) in the evaluation, implementation and scale-up of renewable energy utilization. General description of the methodology on REI: first to address all of the details involved in planning, procurement, policy integration, financing, and installation of RE systems and the toolkit will develop the business implementation models and to mobilize funding and other necessary capacities and authorities for RE implementation. And then to integrate the activities of all responsible parties involved in a particular RE technology application at scale that is locally reliable and regionally scalable. The parties involved in implementation may include government planners, local stakeholders, impact investors, lenders, intermediaries, equipment and service providers, and end users of RE technologies, technical service providers, and others. The presentation will take a case study in Guangdong of China to show the methodology research of REI and Planning Toolkit.

    Liao Cuiping
    Coffee break
    EnergyLab Nordhavn–New Urban Energy Infrastructure

    From April 2015 until October 2019 the Danish flagship project EnergyLab Nordhavn, funded by the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) with a total budget of DKK 143 mio (€ 19 mio.), has developed and demonstrated a number of future energy solutions in the city center of Copenhagen, Denmark. The project integrates research, development and demonstration and is a large-scale project that contributes to the grand challenge of transforming the energy system to efficiently integrate a large share of renewable energy, a means to support international and national climate goals. This talk will give a brief introduction to EnergyLab Nordhavn and some of its achievements, such as smart buildings, advanced planning algorithms, integrated demand response.

    Shi You
    Building and Transportation Coupled Energy Eco-System for Smart Cities

    Modern cities require and consume large amounts of energy and other resources to function and maintain a high quality living standard. Energy consumption in both the building and transportation sectors account for a significant proportion that contributes to air quality and CO2 emissions. Recent trends in the electrification, along with the addition of intelligence and inter-connectivity in vehicles and building provides an opportunity to create a distributed, coupled energy eco-system. Such a system would allow for the optimization of energy supply and demand for cities through intelligent derived power forecasting and decision making. The smart, distributed coupled system takes advantage of the multi-functional capability of buildings and vehicles to acts as either power generation, energy storage or demand, depending on real-time energy needs and location. The benefits would include higher efficiency in energy use along with reduced emission, while providing a path towards clean cities of the future.

    John Lemmon
    New insights and tools for smart district energy planning
    Hydrogen Energy, the Contribution to Clean Energy Transitions

    The time is right to tap into hydrogen’s potential to play a key role in a clean, secure and affordable energy future. Hydrogen can help tackle various critical energy challenges, as it offers ways to decarbonise a range of sectors, and helps improve air quality and strengthen energy security. Technologies already available today enable hydrogen to produce, store, move and use energy in different ways. A wide variety of fuels are able to produce hydrogen, including renewables, nuclear, natural gas, coal and oil. Today, hydrogen is used mostly in oil refining and for the production of fertilisers. For it to make a significant contribution to clean energy transitions, it also needs to be adopted in sectors where it is almost completely absent at the moment, such as transport, buildings and power generation.

    Dong Xu
    Q&A and discussion

    Deep dive on Energy & Oceans

    Marine energy

    Chairperson: Lei Zuo

    The marine energy deep dive session will focus on wave energy and district energy system especially in remote islands or off-grid regions, such as the key technologies for island/remote coastal energy supply, the interconnection of island isolated power grid, and marine renewable energy independent power station, etc.

    Opening remarks
    Case study

    Matthijs Soede, Programme Officer, EU

    Blue Energy in the USA: Current Status and Next

    The Marine and Hydro and Kinetic (MHK) was brought up to the U.S. federal government’s attention relatively late but the research and development are being caught up quickly in the past ten years. In this talk Prof Lei Zuo will give an overview on the R&D efforts in academia, industry, and government lab in the U.S. He will also talk about the research in his team on the MHK converter designs and tests, including mechanical motion rectifier based point absorbers, oscillating wave surge converter, hybrid wave-current energy converter, with application to ocean renewable, maritime commutation, seawater desalination, and underwater vehicle charging.

    Lei Zuo
    Development and Policy of Marine Renewable Energy in China

    China firmly follows the path of green and sustainable development and takes the building of ecological civilization as a basic national policy. Therefore, China attaches great importance to and supports the development of Marine renewable energy. The report is divided into three parts, including the overall situation of the development and utilization of Marine renewable energy in China in the last decade, China's Marine renewable energy development policies, and major considerations for the development of Marine renewable energy in China in the next decade.

    Wei Peng
    Offshore Renewable Energy: Opportunities for the future

    Earth’s One Ocean covers more than 70% of the planet’s surface and is vital to survival of life. The oceans determine climate and weather, and are essential to trade, transportation, energy and many industries. It is now widely recognized that much more attention will need to be paid to ocean use planning and management, especially medium to long-term risks in order to secure the sustainability of ocean use. Most of the world’s people live and work close to the ocean, thus integrated marine and coastal management is very important, especially in the proximity of large cities. What is called for is a governance system that must be adaptive, given the many gaps in scientific knowledge about the ocean, and considerable attention must be given to innovation to create an environmentally sound and green ocean economy, i.e., the ‘Blue Economy’. The presentation will address the opportunities of offshore renewable energy applications, and its importance to integrate into ocean planning and management.

    Lars Johanning
    Wave Energy - A New Option for Offshore Island Power Supply

    Offshore islands are of small area and fragile ecology, and it’s difficult to connect to the power grids on shore. At present, offshore islands mainly rely on fuel to generate electricity, however, its high cost and severe environment pollution restricts the sustainable development of offshore islands. To solve these problems above, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has been studying large floating wave energy converter for more than a decade, using the abundant Marine renewable wave energy surrounding the islands to supply power to islands. This report mainly introduces the recent progress of research and development on wave power technology and construction of island independent power system in GIEC. Finally, the application of wave power technology in offshore islands in the future is forecasted.

    Songwei Sheng

    Sessions also related to the Energy theme

    Partner event

    Accelerating clean energy transformation in partnership with the private sector

    Matchmaking session 2

    Six rounds of 20 minutes Matchmaking

    Deep dive

    Geothermal energy

    The overall energy topic of G-STIC 2019 is MODERN DISTRICT ENERGY SOLUTIONS. Three deep-dives sessions with three sub themes are on the agenda: Policies & Planning for Modern District Energy Solutions, Marine Energy and Geothermal Energy Solutions. The deep dive on geothermal energy solutions will start with an introduction to the theme by UN Environment. This will be followed by a number of presentations on regional approaches and accomplishments from Africa (Kenia) and Asia (China). The deep dive will then present and discuss specific case studies on modern district energy solutions. Here we present cases from Holland and Belgium.

    All case-study presenters will give feasible and scalable technological solutions for the use of renewable energy sources in the ongoing and much needed transition from a highly centralized energy system to decentralized district energy solutions.

    Introduction on district heating solutions and use of geothermal energy: the UN Environment Experience

    Martina Otto/Celia Martinez Juez, UN Environment, Cities and Lifestyles

    Geothermal utilization and development in China

    In China, large-scale development and utilization of geothermal resources can ease regional energy supply shortage, and help to optimize the energy structure. It also plays an important role in reducing the carbon emission and improving the air quality. The development of geothermal energy is of great strategic significance. This presentation will share some geothermal applications, related policies and the current industry development status in china. The scale-up challenges including technology maturity, policy support, standards and suggestions are also thrown for broad discussion.

    Yu Bai
    Case study from Kenya

    David Simbiri, General Manager Technical Services at Akiira Geothermal Limited

    Mijnwater - Profitable exploitation of heat and cold with mine water

    Louis Hiddes, Director Mijnwater B.V.

    Deep geothermal energy and local thermal networks in Belgium

    Ben Laenen (Research Leader VITO)

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