The Sino-German Climate Partnership held three webinars on various topics related to a low-carbon energy transition in July 2020. The trainings were co-organized and conceptualized with the Energy Research Institute (ERI) and the Renewables Academy (RENAC). Various international and Chinese experts contributed to the webinars. The events were part of the project’s capacity-building efforts. While trainings were carried out as physical meetings for specific regions, due to COVID-19, this was not possible in 2020, and thus the webinar format was chosen.
The first webinar on “The Energy Sector and Green Recovery post-COVID-19” was held on 7 July 2020. It addressed the very timely topic of “building back better” and leveraging economic stimulus and support measures to change gears towards a more resilient and sustainable economic system. This also includes making investments in a low-carbon energy transition. The webinar paid particular attention to the role that renewable energy and other low-carbon energy technologies can play to generate growth and jobs in the local economy to make it as relevant as possible for municipal actors.
The second webinar on “System Integration of Renewable Energy Sources” took place on 20 and 21 July 2020. This webinar shared knowledge on how renewable energy can be successively integrated into the energy system towards a renewable-based system. The webinar covered the topic from four perspectives: Supply; demand; infrastructure (grid); and regulatory framework. It also included a range of best practice application case studies on how more renewables can be used in different sectors.
The third webinar on “Energy Master Planning” was held on July 27 and 28, 2020. This webinar focused on the process and methodology of urban energy planning and integrating it into other urban planning processes. It began by discussing how relevant the energy transition is for cities and vice-versa. It then followed the typical planning and implementation process: status quo assessment; target-setting; designing concepts and measures; and implementation.
All webinars focused on conveying international experience, but each contained contributions by Chinese experts who provided information on the situation and trends and contextualized the international experiences for the Chinese audience. The webinars also featured discussions between the experts where they deepened and elaborated on the contents of their talks. A total of 52 participants who attended a complete session on one topic received certificates. Participants came from local governments and research institutes that support local governments.
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