ESEIA Members ADENE and LNEG at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai

The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP28, took place in Dubai, UAE, from 30 November to 12 December, bringing together leading actors and experts across civil society, governments, industries, and sectors to discuss and work on solutions to tackle climate change. ESEIA members ADENE and LNEG contributed to the global conversation on climate action by hosting insightful panel discussions as part of the Portuguese Pavilion programme during COP28.

On 5 December 2023, LNEG hosted a panel discussion on Transition to Renewable Energy: From Ambition to Action, moderated by the ESEIA Vice-President and President of LNEG Teresa Ponce de Leão. The panel of speakers featured experts from different fields, who emphasised that the energy transition is not just a technological shift but a broader societal transformation that requires a holistic approach. Furthermore, they also addressed some of the challenges of this process, such as public acceptance of renewable energy projects, difficulties in obtaining permits, or the need for robust infrastructure, concluding that stakeholders must communicate better, collaborate seamlessly, and ensure the entire process is accountable.

Get to know the speakers and watch the recording of the session here.

During COP28, ADENE hosted panel discussions on the importance of green jobs and water-energy nexus in building a sustainable future. Moderated by the Coordinator at ADENE Hélder Rodrigues, both sessions featured a keynote speech delivered by the Vice-President of ADENE Ana Paula Rodrigues. The first session, titled Green Jobs: why they matter for a sustainable economy, took place 8 December 2023, focusing on the importance of empowering young people and women by providing them with the necessary skills and opportunities to lead the transition to a more sustainable world. Experts from different fields addressed the challenges and opportunities for green jobs and presented examples of what is being done to identify and tackle skills gaps in the energy sector.

Get to know the speakers and watch the recording of the session here.

The second session, titled The role of water-energy nexus for sustainable development, was held 10 December 2023, bringing together representatives from businesses, NGOs and policymaking who shared their perspectives on the importance of water-energy nexus in mitigating climate change and promoting a more sustainable future. During this session, the participants also addressed increasing water scarcity, emphasising the need to efficiently manage water usage.

Get to know the speakers and watch the recording of the session here.