COP27: SolarPower Europe Activities

3 November 2022

Across Europe, spikes in gas prices, driven by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, are leaving Europeans questioning how they will heat and power their homes this winter as energy prices rocket. On top of this, the world faces another crisis: climate change. Communities are facing extreme weather events, drought, famine, rising water levels and disastrous wildfires, displacing millions of people and threatening to destroy entire ecosystems. The world must take urgent action to mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to new ways of living.

From the 7th to 18th November 2022, members of the SolarPower Europe team will be in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt for the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), participating in discussions about how solar is leading the transition to clean energy, vastly reducing our emissions and providing energy security for all. The transition must be just. During the two-week conference, our events will explore areas for collaboration and sharing best practices to ensure no one gets left behind.


See below for an outline of the events we will be involved in:

Tuesday 8th November, 15:00-16:00, ISA Pavilion:

Event: Manufacturing Examples from Around the World 


Our Policy Director, Dries Acke, will join the session, giving an overview of the European perspective when it comes to sharing policy ideas and potential paths for countries and regions around the world to increase their local/regional solar supply chain capabilities. 


Find out more or register to join virtually here.

Wednesday 9th November, 11:30-12:30, Wind and Solar Pavilion:

Event: How to reconcile Economy and Ecology? From decarbonation to regeneration, applications and best practices


Our Policy Director, Dries Acke, will moderate this session which proposes to introduce evolutions in the regulatory framework, mostly in Europe, and to explore case studies and best practices for integrating nature-based solutions with hard solar infrastructures.


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Monday 14th November, 11:15-12-15, Mediterranean Pavilion:

Event: The crucial role of a Mediterranean partnership – Renewable energies


Our CEO, Walburga Hemetsberger, will participate in this session which aims to emphasise the crucial role of a Mediterranean partnership and stress the current limited renewable capacity across the southern and eastern Mediterranean, despite the huge resource availability. The session will propose a common (or shared) strategy based on the European experience in the different renewable sectors as a great opportunity to unlock the Mediterranean renewable full potential, for the benefit of the whole Med region.


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Monday 14th November, 15:00-15:30, ISA Pavilion:

Event: Soaring ahead with Solar Hydrogen


Our CEO Walburga Hemetsberger will join the session discussing the ISA’s programme – “Solar for Green Hydrogen”. The objective is to assess and develop a strategy to scale up green hydrogen production and deployment, particularly in developing countries and emerging economies. This includes identifying and creating global synergies for knowledge exchange, infrastructure development, assessment and facilitation of ecosystem readiness, and identification of ready-to-invest projects in the near to mid-terms.


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Monday 14th November, 16:00-17:00, EU Pavilion:

Event: EU Energy Day: Accelerating solar energy: a ribbon at a time


Our CEO, Walburga Hemetsberger, will take part in this high-level event which aims at exchanging best practices on the deployment of solar energy – a cornerstone of the global transition to clean energy and net zero emissions. It will focus on decentralised technologies, and on the involvement of citizens and communities.


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Tuesday 15th November, 12:30-13:30, Mediterranean Pavilion:

Event: A Green Deal for the Mediterranean – North-South Energy Partnerships


Our Director of Global Affairs, Máté Heisz, will speak as part of this session where panelists will discuss the prospects of North-South energy partnerships between the EU and the North African countries. The panel will showcase clean energy initiatives by the European Union as well as by individual EU Member States. Examples of the implementation of energy partnerships projects will be presented by actors of international development cooperation.


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Tuesday 15th November, 16:45-18:15, Hathepsut Room, Blue Zone

Event: Delivering a just energy transition & the role of cities to address the climate & inequality crises


This side event will celebrate the leadership of cities around the world to end our addiction to fossil fuels and deliver a just energy transition towards renewables. Our Global Affairs Director, Máté Heisz, will join the session demonstraying the benefits of a just energy transition on people’s lives and the climate, and identify clearly what is needed for the uptake of large scale renewable energy.

Tuesday 15th November, 17:30-19:00, IRENA Pavilion

Event: COP27 High-Level Roundtable – Making Energy Transitions Work for People: Decent Jobs, Skills, Livelihoods and Inclusion


Our CEO, Walburga Hemetsberger, will speak on panel of this IRENA event showcasing the latest research and insights on this topic, including from IRENA’s Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2022 published in collaboration with ILO. It will also underscore the importance of education and skill-building strategies, active labour market policies as well as social dialogue, underpinned by industrial policies and public investment strategies to promote regional and economic development, diversification, inclusion and close the energy access gap.


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Thursday 17th November, 13:00-14:30, UNDP Pavilion:

Event: Promoting Clean Energy For Africa - How Businesses Are Using Their Procurement Power To Achieve Net Zero


Our Director of Business Development and Deputy Coordinator of RE-Source, Daniel Dang, will join the panel discussions around the role industry associations have in promoting renewable energy solutions. The session will look at what is required of government, utilities and other players to facilitate renewable energy procurement by industry players, and what opportunities and challenges Africa faces for harnessing private sector purchasing power to drive renewable energy.


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Meet the SolarPower Europe Team at COP27
Meet me at COP27 13-16 November

Walburga Hemetsberger

Meet me at COP27 7-9 November

Dries Acke
Policy Director

Meet me at COP27 14-16 November

Máté Heisz
Director of Global Affairs

Meet me at COP27 16-18 November

Daniel Dang
Director Business Development

Meet me at COP27 10-11 November

Charlotte Otten
Head of Events and Marketing

Meet me at COP27 13-17 November

Bethany Meban
Senior Press and Communications Advisor

Meet me at COP27 8-11 November

Lily Murdoch
Digital Communications Advisor

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