I will be hosting the second stakeholder workshop, taking place at the Hotel Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan, Italy. Join our team of climate researchers and experts from the energy and water industries, to explore the ways seasonal climate forecast models can be assessed and combined to increase their value.
I am pleased to announce ICEM2019, the 6th International Conference Energy and Meteorology will be in Copenhagen 24-27th June, 2019.
This unique platform offers you the opportunity to learn how meteorological and climate information can help the energy industry develop more resilient and cleaner energy systems, that will help to mitigate the effects of climate change and global warming.
World Energy & Meteorology Council (WEMC) Managing Director, Professor Alberto Troccoli, played a leading role in the global discussion on climate and energy at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24). WEMC was invited to take part in five key events at the conference, which took place at the International Congress Centre (MCK) in Katowice from 2-14 December.
Heralded as the most important discussion on global climate change since the global community set out the Paris Agreement in 2015, COP24 brought together world leaders, politicians, scientists and climate change experts from over 200 countries, to discuss plans for implementing the international climate agreement. The conference focused on establishing a ‘rulebook’ for countries to follow in an effort to reduce emissions and limit global warming to well below 2°C, with a stretch target of 1.5°C; a figure highlighted as even more important by recent research released by the recent IPCC report.
Professor Troccoli said: “The COP24 conference was a key event in the international effort to tackle climate change and global warming. We were delighted to have the opportunity to join our partner organisations in contributing to this important global discussion and represent the work WEMC and our partners are doing to support the energy and meteorology industries in helping to mitigate climate change.”
Alongside colleagues from the World Meteorology Organization and the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), Professor Troccoli discussed the growing relationship between energy, weather and climate, and the benefits of collaborative working and shared information for both the energy industry and meteorologists.
The events included a panel discussion hosted by the World Meteorology Organization, which looked at Clean and Affordable Energy for Sustainable Urbanization and Development. The discussion explored the transitions needed to provide reliable access to clean energy in rapidly developing urban centres and smart, green megacities.
WEMC also led a side event for UNITAR’s series of Climate Classrooms, focusing on Climate Information to Optimise Renewable Energy. As part of the classroom, Professor Troccoli introduced two key projects that WEMC is involved in – C3S Energy, featuring the C3S Climate Data Store and the C3S European Climatic Energy Mixes (ECEM) Demonstrator:
and the SECLI-FIRM EU H2020 project – the Added Value of Seasonal Climate Forecasting for Integrated Risk Assessment: how using improved climate forecasts, out to several months ahead, can add practical and economic value to decision-making processes and outcomes in both the energy and water sectors.
In the second week of the conference, Professor Troccoli joined Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and other eminent speakers from ECWMF, WMO, C3S, UNFCCC and SMHI, for a panel discussion to present The Global Reach of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), a key service of the European Union’s flagship Earth observation programme.
The panel discussion was followed by a ‘Meet the Expert’ session, offering delegates the opportunity to meet with experts from the weather, climate and energy sectors, to learn more about their work.
In the final event, Professor Troccoli joined representatives from Chinese energy company, GEIDCO, and other leading experts from the international energy, research and environment sectors on a panel to discuss Energy Interconnection: Advancing Energy Transition for Sustainable Development.
I’ve always felt the urge to see my scientific research come out of the computer screen to land on a practical everyday situation. It is often much easier said than done however. As scientists we like to think our research is going to be used by someone one day, but the truth is that most of the time we prefer the comfort of the “ivory tower”. We may feel a sense of relief when, in project proposals, we include the odd sentence about the critical role of our research for society, often added in an attempt to get our proposal across the line.
Oceanography, seasonal climate forecasts and more generally climate research has been a satisfying endeavor for me for many a year but the baby steps in this area of research, despite the size of the effort, had become less and less fulfilling. What a better time then to use weather and climate (collectively referred to as meteorology) observations and forecasts to directly assist society! And what better time to simultaneously assist society in the once-in-a-few-generation overhaul of the energy system! To contribute to the sustainability, resilience and efficiency of energy systems under ever changing weather and climate appeared (and it still does!) like a thrilling goal!
The opportunity arose when in 2005, following the first public dissemination of the winter 2005-06 seasonal climate forecast for Northern Europe by the UK Met Office, the UK energy market appeared to have reacted to the forecast. As we later learnt, towards the end of 2005 the UK was turning from a net exporter of gas to a net importer and that clearly put pressure on gas prices, not so much the climate! Anyhow, this combination of events – issuing of seasonal forecast and spikes in oil prices – were sufficient to attract the attention of a number of scientists and energy practitioners. A public meeting to assess the accuracy of the seasonal forecast and the impact it had on energy market was thus in order: with a colleague we organized such a meeting in London under the auspices of The Royal Meteorological Society (see meeting report: Forecasting UK and European Winters).
The aspiration to more effectively link the energy sector and the weather & climate community had been liberated! The ensuing NATO workshop in 2008 “Weather/Climate Risk Management for the Energy Sector” paved the way to a more formal framework between Energy & Meteorology, and drew a set of recommendations, that, in hindsight, have guided much of activities to come. By the time the recommendations had been written we were becoming increasingly aware that weather and climate information was critical to a very wide range of energy industry activities, and not only with respect to renewable energy generation. From the managing of oil and gas energy supply, to the understanding and estimation of energy demand, to the assessment of meteorological impacts on extraction, transportation, transmission and distribution, meteorological information was demonstrably a key input to energy sector decision-making.
A leap of faith was what it took me to set up the inaugural International Conference Energy & Meteorology (ICEM) in Australia in 2011. Its success in creating a premium international platform with excellent networking opportunities as well as a source of the state-of-the-art in the science, policy, planning and operations in Energy & Meteorology seemingly led to the second ICEM in France in 2013. Almost like a snowball effect, we are now well through the organization of ICEM 2015 which will take place in beautiful Boulder, Colorado in the USA, from 23 to the 26 June 2015.
I strive to instill in each ICEM a strong sense of excitement and novelty, clearly aside from the robust technical content, so that each delegate can enjoy a unique experience. Thus, for ICEM 2015 I am overseeing a number of engaging activities: a fun and didactic competition with which you’ll learn about how cloud movements affect solar radiation on the ground; the launch of a forward-looking international network for the exchange of information between the energy industry and the weather & climate community; the adoption of some of the social media technology during the conference so that you will feel the urge to tweet other delegates about the exciting research and events as they are happening!
I invite you to join the zealous ICEM organizing committee and myself to the ICEM 2015 so that together we can continue to make a difference in the Energy & Meteorology World!
The ICEM 2015 call for abstracts is imminent and closes on Monday 19 January 2015. We have also created a LinkedIn group to facilitate the discussions in Energy & Meteorology.