The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) is designed to facilitate a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary dialogue on sustainable energy for inclusive development and productive capacities. Guided by the motto “Where Action Meets Ambition” and designed as the first virtual VEF, the 2021 edition will include a Youth Day, “Youth for VEF,” on the 5th of July 2021, followed by the VEF on the 6th and 7th of July 2021.
As a flagship platform designed to spur action, this year’s edition will bring together key stakeholders and experts to explore and deliberate on the key topics that advance sustainable development in the energy domain.
The sessions will delve into key priorities, showcase projects, and highlight the action-oriented steps required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, helping to forge an inclusive pathway that leaves no one behind as we work to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
The UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) will be hosting a side event "Leveraging digital technologies to facilitate the climate technology transfer" on the 6th of July, 17:00-18:00 CET.
The UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is mandated to support developing countries’ climate change responses to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement through transfer and development of technologies, as well as through facilitating the development of a national system of innovation. In the advent of the so-called fourth industrial revolution, there is an increasing interest and need among developing countries (national designated entities) to leverage emerging digital technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, cloud computing, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) for enabling leapfrogging and transformative climate actions. To enhance the role of the CTCN as “innovation matchmaker” during climate technology transfer to developing countries, this virtual event firstly aims to review the best practices and lesson learnt through the convergence of digital technologies with the climate issues, so-called “climate digitalization”. Then, some recommendations will be discussed in order to proactively apply new digital technologies for tackling climate change.
Session objective: Explore the potential for digitalization to facilitate climate technology transfer and draw out recommendations to support technology innovation.
(Moderator) Dr. Matthew Kennedy (Advisory Board members of the CTCN, Director of Carbon and Climate)
Dr. Mao Hak (National designated entity of Cambodia, Director of the Department of Science and Technology of the NCSD)
Dr. Alastair Marke (Director-General, Blockchain & Climate Institute)
Dr. Su-il Kang (UNFCCC TEC Member, Chief Supervisor of International Environmental Research Institute, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)
Dr. Scott Kennedy (Executive Director of ENACTpartners)
CTCN Director Dr. Rose Mwebaza will also attend the High-Level Plenary IV “Energy Efficient Products”, panel 2 “Affordability Matters" on the 6th of July 2021 from 17:30 to 18:00 CEST (Vienna time).