Headline: Events

To reduce the environmental impact of our events as far as possible, we consider sustainability aspects during all stages of the organization. You can find more information here: IASS Events & Sustainability.

Digital event

Trade-Environment Nexus in the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement

After 20 years of on-and-off negotiations, the European Union and Mercosur states reached a political agreement for a trade deal. To become effective, it needs the ratification of all countries involved. Although the EU is implementing environmental provisions at the bilateral and regional level since the 2011 EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement, this is the first time that the Mercosur agree to such a Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter. At this event, experts will explain the recent developments and challenges ahead for both regions.

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ISIGET Scenario workshop

The scenario workshop of the project Investigating the Systemic Impact of the Global Energy Transition (ISIGET) uses an innovative, co-creative approach to build scenarios to better map the landscape of energy transitions based on various challenges faced by developing countries and emerging economies. The learnings will feed into participatory scenario planning exercises carried out in selected countries (e.g., Kenya, Vietnam, Chile). ISIGET energy transition scenarios will help inform energy policy processes and long-term energy planning.

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Online Workshop

Ocean Governance and COVID-19 – Building resilience for marine regions

The aim of this interactive workshop is to explore possible pathways to address the effects of the COVID-19 crisis in marine regions. It will bring together actors from different marine regions to (i) discuss the socio-economic and environmental impacts of COVID-19 in marine regions, (ii) explore options for immediate responses and longer-term recovery; and (iii) discuss impacts on regional cooperation and possible consequences for ocean governance.

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Online seminar / interactive workshop

Intro to Energy Access Measurement Methodologies, the Multi-Tier Framework and Digital Tools

SDG7 aims at having universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy by 2030. In order to reach the goal, the concept and measurement of energy access has gained significant interests from governments and development agencies.

The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of The World Bank, under the SE4ALL initiative, in consultation with multiple development partners has developed the Multi-tier Framework (MTF) to monitor and evaluate energy access by following a multidimensional approach. This comprehensive framework complements the binary approach currently used to track progress toward SDG targets.

The objective of the online seminar is to provide an introduction to this methodology and explore the advantages and drawbacks of the MTF approach.

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Online Event via Zoom, Chatham House Rule applies

Arctic Marine Conservation Dialogue

The Arctic Marine Conservation Dialogue is an international expert workshop on marine nature conservation in the Arctic. During the workshop, challenges the Arctic marine environment is currently facing are discussed and ideas about ways forward to effectively protect the Arctic waters and their biodiversity are exchanged.

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CO2 carbonation as a pathway for a sustainable cement industry?

The European Green Deal is targeting to “decarbonise and modernise” energy intensive industries including the cement sector. As a major contributor to climate change, the cement industry is responsible for approx. 7% of all global anthropogenic emissions and 18% of the emissions covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Since more than half of the materials that humans use on earth are “cementitious” – including concrete, cement and other building materials – it is currently difficult to imagine a life without cement. On the contrary, an increasing use can be expected. Therefore, the need for sustainable pathways in the production of such materials is growing.

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