Climate LinkUP Global Live Launch Event

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

Welcome to the Climate LinkUP Live Launch Event! Our Expert Panel speakers from around the globe, will be discussing climate challenges and opportunities for navigating the green transition to reach global net-zero targets. 

 

With sessions on both climate mitigation and adaptation, we’ve got talks cross-cutting climate sectors and global regions. From navigating the green energy transition, to strategically placing nature and biodiversity at the heart of global climate action to build environmental resilience, we’ve got a diverse line-up of talks from world-class climate experts covering the themes most important to you.

 

O lupe sa vao ese’ese, ae ua fuifui faatasi – We are from different parts of the forest but connected in one cause.     

Climate LinkUP Polynesian Proverb.                

Climate LinkUP Global Live Launch Event

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

Our Expert Panel speakers

Energy sector

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj
UNITED KINGDOM
Professor AbuBakr Bahaj

Keynote Speaker Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj leads the 55-strong Energy & Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group (ECCD) at the University of Southampton, where he is a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy. For more than 30 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University, and is the Chair of the upcoming global energy and climate conference on Evolving Cities ( 14-15 July in Southampton, UK ).

Rob Hardison
AFRICA & ASIA
Rob Hardison

Rob Hardison is a consultant on the technical, environmental, market, and policy aspects of the energy transition. Rob has broad experience across technical areas, including utility-level grid integration of variable renewables, grid-connected rooftop PV, remote PV microgrids, clean thermal, biofuels, sustainable aviation fuels, biogas, hydrogen and fuel cells, market-based policy mechanisms, facility-level resilience assessments, and GHG emissions accounting.

Dr Martin Atkins
NEW ZEALAND
Dr Martin Atkins

Martin Atkins is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical and Process Engineering at the School of Engineering and an associate director of the Ahuora Centre for Smart Energy Systems based at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Martin has expertise in energy systems engineering with a particular focus on developing and using Process Integration methodologies for optimising industrial energy systems and emissions reduction.

Vanda
SAMOA, SOUTH PACIFIC
Vanda Faasoa-Chan Ting

Vanda is the Pacific NDC Hub Technical Adviser in Samoa, South Pacific and leads work on the Pacific NDC at The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). She has a Renewable Energy Masters from Murdoch University, Australia, coupled with extensive experience in climate mitigation  assessment/ methodologies across the Pacific region, having worked at Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer in Renewable energy. 

Environment sector

Prof. Adam Hart
UNITED KINGDOM
Professor Adam Hart

 Adam Hart is an award-winning scientist who was given the title of Science Communicator of the Year in 2010 by the Royal Society of Biology. Adam is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire, and a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. An author and frequent broadcaster, Adam has presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and World Service and is a frequent commentator on science and environmental matters.

Espen Ronneberg
SAMOA, SOUTH PACIFIC
Espen Ronneberg

Espen Ronneberg is a Senior Adviser, Climate Change Multilateral Agreements at the Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Programme at South Pacific Community (SPC). Espen brings a combination of proven expertise in climate change, sustainable development, as well as in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Pacific region, acquired through an extensive career focused on supporting Pacific Island Countries’ and Territories’ capacity and initiatives.

Professor Bruno Merz
GERMANY
Professor Bruno Merz

Bruno Merz is Head of the Section Hydrology at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and Professor for Engineering Hydrology and Management of Georisks at the University of Potsdam. Bruno’s main research interests are flood risk assessment and climate adaptation, integrating hazard and vulnerability aspects. Bruno has coordinated several large-scale global research projects on natural hazards and water security.

Dr Pete Walton
UNITED KINGDOM
Dr Pete Walton

Dr Pete Walton works at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford researching and supporting stakeholder engagement with climate change adaptation science, with a particular focus on the emerging science of extreme weather event attribution. Although largely focused on the global north, Pete’s research work has included India and East Africa.

Professor Rick Stafford
UNITED KINGDOM
Professor Rick Stafford

Professor Rick Stafford is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Bournemouth. Rick is actively involved in environmental policy, and is the chair of the policy committee for the British Ecological Society, member of the nature-based solutions team for the 2021 Universities COP Network and an expert witness for the recent House of Lords inquiry into Nature-based Solutions.

Climate LinkUP Global Live Launch Event

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

9:00am: Welcome to our Global Launch Event
9:15am: Keynote Speaker: Addressing carbon emissions through sustainable energy technologies at different scales

Professor AbuBakr S. Bahaj 

Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj leads the 55-strong Energy & Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group (ECCD) at the University of Southampton, where he is a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy. For more than 30 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University, and is Chair of upcoming global energy and climate conference on Evolving Cities ( 14-15 July in Southampton, UK ).

9:40am: Session 1, Climate Mitigation: Navigating the green energy transition

Hosted by:

Nicc Moeono - Climate LinkUP  Innovation Team Lead Ambassador and renewable energy engineer at Electric Power Corporation (EPC) Samoa, South Pacific.

Vanda Faasoa-Chan Ting - Climate Mitigation Lead at The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Samoa, South Pacific.

 
9:40am: Utility considerations for integration of variable renewable energy - Indonesia case study

Rob Hardison - Global green energy consultant, Asia and Africa. 

9:55am: Reducing industrial heat emissions - The New Zealand experience

Dr Martin Atkins - Director of the Ahuora Centre for Smart Energy Systems, University of Waikato, New Zealand and senior lecturer in Chemical and Process Engineering at the School of Engineering, University of Waikato. 

10:10am: Keeping the 1.5ºC dream alive, for the Pacific Island Nations to survive

Vanda Faasoa-Chan Ting - Climate Mitigation Lead at The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Samoa, South Pacific.

 
10:25am: Green Energy Q&A Session
11:05am Break
11:20am: Session 2, Climate Adaptation: Nature and biodiversity at the heart of global climate action

Hosted by:

Professor Rick Stafford -  Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Bournemouth. Chair of the policy committee for the British Ecological Society, COP26 Universities Network Nature-based Solutions (NbS) team and an expert witness for the recent House of Lords inquiry into NbS.

 
11:20am: Little things that run the world: insects on a warming planet

Professor Adam Hart - Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire, Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and frequent broadcaster for BBC Radio 4 and World Service on science and environmental matters.

11:35am: Unpacking the global goal on adaptation from a Pacific perspective

Espen Ronneberg - Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Lead at Programme at South Pacific Community (SPC).

11:50am: Flooding in a changing climate - drivers, impacts and adaptation

Professor Bruno Marz - Head of the Section Hydrology at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and Professor for Engineering Hydrology and Management of Georisks at the University of Potsdam, Germany. 

12:05pm: COVID recovery and the environmental crisis: what really makes a difference

Professor Rick Stafford -  Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Bournemouth. Chair of the policy committee for the British Ecological Society, COP26 Universities Network Nature-based Solutions (NbS) team and an expert witness for the recent House of Lords inquiry into NbS.

12:20pm: Helping decision-makers understand risk in climate change adaptation

Dr Pete Walton - Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

12:35pm Environment Q&A Session
1pm Closing of Event
Climate LinkUP Global Live Launch Event

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

EVENT Hosts

Energy session

Vanda Faasoa-Chan Ting
SAMOA, SOUTH PACIFIC
Vanda Faasoa-Chan Ting

Vanda Faasoa-Chan Ting is the Pacific NDC Hub Technical Adviser in Samoa, South Pacific and leads work on the Pacific NDC at The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), identifying priorities of Pacific Island Countries . She has a Renewable Energy Masters from Murdoch University, Australia, coupled with extensive experience in climate mitigation  assessment and methodologies across the Pacific region, having worked at Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer in Renewable Energy. 

SAMOA, SOUTH PACIFIC
Nicc Moeono

Nicc is the Climate LinkUP Lead  Ambassador in our Innovation Team. He has a BE (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Waikato University, New Zealand and is employed at the Electric Power Corporation (EPC) as a renewable energy engineer in Samoa, South Pacific. His role involves working with renewable energy technology and power generating systems that supply 99% of Samoa’s electricity. Work focus covers both future and existing technical infrastructure of RE technology (hydro, wind, solar) and energy, to ensure renewable contribution to the grid is fully utilised. 

Environment session

Professor Rick Stafford
UNITED KINGDOM
Professor Rick Stafford

Professor Rick Stafford is Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Bournemouth. Rick is actively involved in environmental policy, and is the chair of the policy committee for the British Ecological Society, recently having been the lead editor of the report on Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change, and lead author of the marine and coastal chapter of the report, currently examining the role of UK protected areas in meeting the 30 x 30 targets. Rick was also a member of the nature-based solutions team for the 2021 Universities COP Network and an expert witness for the recent House of Lords inquiry into Nature-based Solutions.

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