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Through Penn Libraries, the Penn community has access to vital academic and professional resources related to energy and energy policy, including books, news services, databases and scholarly journals, government and industry reports, and more. Many of these resources can be found in the Library’s Energy Industry Guide (https://guides.library.upenn.edu/energy).
The Kleinman Center, in conjunction with Penn Libraries, has helped expand the energy policy resources available to the University, including the following two essential news and research services.
E&E News is a subscription news service that provides comprehensive daily reporting and analysis of the most relevant regional, national and international energy and environmental policy issues across the political, regulatory, scientific, and industry spectrum. Digital access is available while on campus or remotely with PennKey through this link (http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/92674)
Daily email alerts are also available for all of E&E News services. Sign up here (https://www.eenews.net/get_access?site_link=1) with your Penn email.
SNL Energy, a product of S&P Global, is a comprehensive resource for data on U.S. and Canadian power plants, energy companies, coal mines, and gas pipelines. Use it to find detailed financials, filings, supply and demand fundamentals, emissions data, hourly market pricing, electricity rates, and more. Consult the daily, weekly, and monthly newsletters to stay current on various segments of the energy industry.
To begin, register for an account and download the Excel add-in needed to pull data from SNL Energy. It is available under Apps on the SNL website. Open Excel and use the DataWizard embedded in the Excel Add-In to access years of historical data about companies, assets, and markets.
Access SNL Energy (http://pwp.library.upenn.edu.proxy.library.upenn.edu/loggedin/pwp/pw-snl.html)
The University of Pennsylvania is home to 142 research organizations, housed in and amongst its twelve schools. These centers, institutes, programs and laboratories provide resources for students, faculty, and others, seeking energy related information or opportunities. The following organizations support energy-related education and research.
Weitzman School of Design
The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology
In the spirit of Ian McHarg’s renowned philosophy for “Designing with Nature”, The Center’s mission is to build on the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design’s position as a global leader in urban ecological design by bringing environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policy-makers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life in the places most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
PennPraxis supports design action and thought leadership to advance inclusion, innovation, and impact in communities that design doesn’t typically serve. Praxis does projects that demonstrate the power of interdisciplinary design, art, planning, and heritage preservation to respond to the major challenges of the built and natural environments, and the communities that inhabit them. Our projects strengthen the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design as a school focused on high social impact design. We create opportunities “beyond the market” to help our students develop agency in the world, and we cultivate diversity among the next generation of leaders.
The Center for Environmental Building & Design
The Center for Environmental Building and Design is a faculty research unit at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design dedicated to improving the environmental future of contemporary buildings and cities. The challenges of environmental design occur at multiple, interacting scales and can only be approached systemically, so the CEBD works in interdisciplinary teams on projects at a range of scales.
Clean Energy Conversions Lab
The Clean Energy Conversions Lab is a lab under the direction of Jennifer Wilcox, affiliated with the Kleinman Center and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The lab focus on carbon management. Their research can be divided into three enormous problems: How can we limit the atmospheric accumulation of carbon dioxide? What can we do with the carbon dioxide once it’s captured? And will it scale?
The Environmental Innovations Initiative
Environmental Innovations Initiative’s vision is to meaningfully impact the critical environmental challenges of our time, particularly climate change, biodiversity loss, and human vulnerability. To accomplish this, the Initiative will bring together scholars, leaders, practitioners, students, community members, and partners around themes of climate action, stewardship of nature, and societal resilience – including equity and inclusion.
The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School
The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiative brings together Wharton faculty and students to conduct academically rigorous research, develop new curricular materials, and co-curricular experiences that shape the future of investing, consulting, and strategy on ESG factors.
Penn Office of Sustainability
Penn Sustainability, housed in Facilities and Real Estate Services, is a University-wide initiative to advance environmental sustainability at the University of Pennsylvania, and coordinate programs to develop a more sustainable campus.
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Founded in 2014, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) fosters interdisciplinary environmental collaboration and scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and beyond. PPEH’s four core commitments include: broadly interdisciplinary, collaborative research on the environment across the arts and sciences; arts-driven inquiry into place, particularly our campus and the City of Philadelphia as well as urban ecology in other global contexts; public engagement, particularly in and with environmental justice communities and concerns; the creation and growth of living archives via practices of urgent collection
Penn Program on Regulation
The Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) brings rigorous, balanced analysis from multiple disciplines to bear on important regulatory policy problems and alternative strategies to solve them, as well as on the processes of making and implementing regulation.
Penn Institute for Urban Research
The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is dedicated to advancing cross-disciplinary urban-focused research, instruction, and civic engagement on issues relevant to cities around the world. As the global population becomes increasingly urban, understanding cities is vital to informed decision-making and public policy at the local, national, and international levels.
Perry World House
Perry World House is a center for scholarly inquiry, teaching, research, international exchange, policy engagement, and public outreach on pressing global issues. Perry World House’s mission is to bring the academic knowledge of the University of Pennsylvania to bear on some of the world’s most pressing global policy challenges, and to foster international policy engagement within and beyond the Penn community.
The Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology
The Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology was established in 2016 through the generosity of Roy and Diana Vagelos with the vision to make Penn home to one of the premier energy research and technology centers in the nation. In alignment with the Penn School of Arts and Sciences strategic theme of Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment, the Institute brings together the world-class scientists from around the Penn campus to address the challenge of providing the energy that society needs in a way that respects the rights and interests of future generations.
Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER)
The Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) at the University of Pennsylvania is designed to prepare highly talented and motivated students to advance sustainable energy science and technology through interdisciplinary approaches and immersive experiences in cutting edge research, positioning them to become the next generation of energy leaders and innovators.
Since 2019 the University of Pennsylvania has been an official observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As the leading body on campus, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy serves as the key focal point for all UNFCCC news and meeting information.
Due to the pandemic, COP 26 has been postponed until November 1-12, 2021. In the meantime, the UNFCCC is still taking urgent action and holding a series of virtual regional and multi-lateral meetings.
UNFCCC / COP News
- Information Note from the UNFCCC Secretariat regarding the opening of the online registration system for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (SB 58) to be held from 5 – 15 June 2023 in Bonn, Germany (February 23, 2023).
- The timelines for the selection process for holding a side event at the 58th Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SB 58) have been announced on the official webpage. As indicated on the website, the application period will open on Tuesday, 7 March 2023, and close on Friday, 10 March 2023 (February 7, 2023).
- Notification regarding the fifth workshop under the Glasgow-Sharm el-Sheikh work programme on the global goal on adaptation which will take place from 21 to 23 March 2023 (February 7, 2023).
- Message to observer organizations from the co-chairs of the ad hoc work programme on the new collective quantified goal on climate finance (January 20, 2023).
- Information note regarding the appointment of the President-Designate COP 28/CMP 18/CMA 5, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and United Arab Emirates Special Envoy for Climate Change (January 12, 2023)
- Message to Parties: Calls for submissions arising from the work in Sharm El-Sheikh (December 21, 2022)
- Information Note: Dates of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (December 21, 2022)
- UNFCCC information session on guidelines and code of conduct. (November 10, 2022)
- A Spanish version of the Observer handbook for COP 27 is available. (November 10, 2022)
- Green Zone guidelines (November 10, 2022)
- Information for COP 27 participants (A-Z) (November 10, 2022)
- A message to observer organizations regarding the scenario notes for the fifty-seventh sessions of the SBSTA (SBSTA 57) and the SBI (SBI 57), to be held from 6 to 12 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (October 27, 2022)
- An information note regarding the Invitation to the 4th Workshop under the Glasgow-Sharm el-Sheikh Work Programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation which will take place on 5 November 2022 (October 27, 2022)
- Message from the co-chairs of the ad hoc work programme on the new collective quantified goal on climate finance (October 7, 2022)
- Information Note: Informal consultations and technical dialogue of the first global stocktake under the Paris Agreement (October 6, 2022)
- The synthesis report of the structured expert dialogue on the second periodic review of the long-term global goal. (September 30, 2022)
- A summary report on the third meeting of the structured expert dialogue held during SB 56. (September 30, 2022)
- Global Stocktake Climate Datathon (September 30, 2022)
- Video: The first meeting of the technical dialogue of the first global stocktake at SB 56 (September 30, 2022)
- A notification regarding the third meeting of the Article 6.4 Supervisory Body (September 28, 2022)
- A message from the Director of the Mitigation division (September 28, 2022)
- Information note to Parties and observer States regarding enhancements on the secretariat’s main website (September 19, 2022)
- A message from the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, and the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, regarding the submission of inputs to the first global Stocktake. (July 19, 2022)
- A message to Parties and observers from the UNFCCC secretariat regarding the Call for Inputs by the Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts of the Implementation of Response Measures. (July 15, 2022)
- A message from the Co-Chairs of the ad hoc work program on the third and fourth Technical Expert Dialogue under the ad hoc work program on the new Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance. (July 14, 2022)
- A notification regarding the 1st meeting of the Article 6.4 Supervisory Body that will take place in Bonn, Germany from 25 to 28 July 2022. (July 6, 2022)
- The secretariat has prepared a synthesis report based on the article 6.8 submissions. The report can be accessed at: https://unfccc.int/documents/476873. (May 24, 2022)
- Decision 4/CMA.3 requested the secretariat to organize an in-session workshop in conjunction with the 56th session of the SBSTA. The agenda can be accessed at: https://unfccc.int/event/in-session-workshop-on-the-glasgow-committee. Observers that would like to present on the views and information on matter referred to in paragraph 6 of decision 4/CMA.3 at the workshop. Please inform colleagues by Monday, 30 May 2022 via mailing email@example.com. (May 24, 2022)
- RINGO is accepting nominations for WIM ExCom16 meeting. Please refer to the RINGO application and UNFCCC registration form as well as the notification. (May 24, 2022)
- RINGO is accepting nominations for PCCB6 meeting. Please refer to the RINGO application and UNFCCC registration form as well as the notification. (May 24, 2022)
- RINGO is accepting nominations to attend SCF28. Please refer to the RINGO application and UNFCCC registration form as well as the notification. (May 24, 2022)
- Information note for a virtual Information event and synthesis reports by adaptation-related constituted bodies prepared for the first global stocktake under the Paris Agreement. (May 24, 2022)
- Technical workshops on issues related to the implementation of Article 6, paragraph 2 of the Paris Agreement will take place from 16 to 19 May 2022. Draft agendas with guiding questions are posted on the workshops’ page. (May 11, 2022)
- Information Note on the activities and documents related to the global stocktake (GST) under the Paris Agreement (May 6, 2022)
- SB Chairs’ Informal Meeting on the Glasgow–Sharm El-Sheikh Work Programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation: The meeting will be held on Thursday, 5 May 16.00 – 17.30 CEST. Further information on the SB Chairs’ plans for the work programme can be found in their informal note.
- Seeking Nominations to the RINGO Steering Committee (March 9, 2022)
- A joint message from the Chairs of the Subsidiary Bodies on the call for inputs for the First Global Stocktake (February 25, 2022)
- Message to Observer Organizations and Non-party Stakeholders from the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (January 27, 2022)
- A message calling for submissions arising from the work in Glasgow (January 27, 2022)
- The UNFCCC Secretariat has informed RINGO of an opportunity for a limited number of researchers working on global stocktake issues to attend a meeting with the co-facilitators of the technical dialogue of the first global stock take. This meeting will take place on Tuesday, 18 January 2021 at 17:00 CET. It will focus on expectations and possible contributions to the meetings of the technical dialogue, which will start in June 2022. To be selected by RINGO to attend this meeting, applicants must already be well informed about the GST and ready to contribute ideas to the discussion. This meeting will not be a briefing from the co-facilitators. If you want to apply to attend, please send a short email (2 paragraphs max) to firstname.lastname@example.org describing your work on GST and how you would contribute to the co-facilitators’ preparation of the technical dialogue on the first GST. You may attach a CV or list of GST projects/publications that you/your organization are doing. The deadline is next Monday, December 13, 2021 midnight ET. Notification on selection decisions will be made by the end of next week. (December 10, 2021)
- Call for Inputs by the Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts of the Implementation of Response Measures (December 6, 2021)
- Message to Parties and Observers: NDC numbers (November 4, 2021)
- Message to Parties and Observers: Ensuring transparent and inclusive access to negotiation rooms by all Parties and, where applicable, observers in compliance with COVID-19 measures (November 4, 2021)
- Penn Social Media Guidance: COP26 (November 1, 2021)
- A message from the High-Level Champions regarding an improved Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action for enhancing ambition (November 1, 2021)
- Informal SBSTA workshop on Transparency Reporting Tables and Formats (October 25, 2021)
- Information Note: Invitation to the SBSTA informal technical workshop on development of common reporting tables and formats related to the enhanced transparency framework (October 25, 2021)
- COVID-19 Measures at COP26 Q&A (October 25, 2021)
- COP Presidency Breifing (October 22, 2021)
- Informal technical expert dialogues on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement (September 22, 2021)
- Notification to Intergovernmental and Non-governmental Organizations: United Nations Climate Change Conference (September 20, 2021)
- A communication from the UNFCCC secretariat conveying a joint message from the Chairs of the Subsidiary Bodies regarding a call for inputs to the First Global Stocktake. (September 15, 2021)
- The secretariat is ***urgently*** reminding registered participants of the visa arrangements made by the Government of the United Kingdom. Please reference this guide to immigration and visa requirements for those attending COP26. (September 9, 2021)
- A message to Parties and observer states, United Nations and observer organizations from the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice regarding research and systematic observations submissions (September 8, 2021)
- Global call for innovative policy solutions in averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage due to slow onset events (August 24, 2021)
- Twenty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (August 18, 2021)
- Request for Information (RFI): Climate Change and Health (August 18, 2021)
- On Demand Viewing: Informal multilateral exchange of views on the Review of the Functions of the SCF and 7th Review of the Financial Mechanism – 5 & 6 August 2021 (August 9, 2021)
- COP 25 Presidency will convene the Informal Presidency workshop on the Global Goal on Adaptation [Africa RCW Session]: Tuesday, 17 August, 13:00 – 15:00 (CEST). Further information can be found here. (August 6, 2021)
- Please find the live broadcast links for the informal multilateral exchange of views on the Review of the Functions of the SCF and 7th Review of the Financial Mechanism to be held on: 5 August 2021 from 21:00 – 00:00 CEST and 6 August 2021 from 13:00 – 16:00 CEST. (August 5, 2021)
- Information Note from the UNFCCC secretariat regarding visa arrangements for COP 26 to be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom from 31 October to 12 November 2021 (July 27, 2021)
- Presidencies’ Amended Second Discussion paper on the Santiago Network (July 23, 2021)
- Email from RINGO Constituency to the UNFCCC: Apply to be Nominated for AC20 (July 23, 2021)
- A Message to Parties and observers regarding an extension to the deadline to the call for Inputs by the Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts of the Implementation of Response Measures (July 22, 2021)
- COP26 President-Designate Letter to Parties and Observers: COP26 Expectations and July Ministerial Discussions (July 15, 2021)
- Notification of COP 26 to admitted observer organizations, including pertinent information on the opening of the online registration system. And message from the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. (June 28, 2021)
- Notification regarding a webinar on adaptation communications to be held on 30 June 2021 from 12:30–2:00 p.m. Central European Summer Time. (June 22, 2021)
- Note from the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC regarding early opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (June 18, 2021)
- Call for Inputs by the Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts of the Implementation of Response Measures (June 18, 2021)
- Email updates: Week of June 14 (June 18, 2021)
- The second RINGO coordination meeting, which will feature review and discussion of last week’s activities and two presentations by fellow RINGOs will be held on June 7th. More information can be found here. (June 7, 2021)
- Email updates: Week of May 31 (June 4, 2021)
- Training materials and the link to the Platform of May-June 2021 sessions (May 25, 2021)
- The ORS is available. The ORS user manual for admitted observer organizations (IGOs and NGOs) contains helpful information and guidelines on how to use the system. (May 18, 2021)
- The revised schedule has been uploaded on the conference page. (May 14, 2021)
- The Informal Presidency workshop on the Global Goal on Adaptation [LatAM RCW Session] has been rescheduled. It will now take place Wednesday, 19 May from 16:00 – 18:00 CEST. Further information on the event including the registration form for the workshop can be found on the Governing Bodies page and in this paper. (May 12, 2021)
- Information Note: Schedule of meetings and updated information, May–June 2021 Climate Change Conference Sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies
- Email to Penn Partners: Climate Change Conference SBs: Nomination Information (May 11, 2021)
- May 19, 2021 Event: Pathways to Carbon Neutrality: United States, European Union, and China (May 10, 2021)
- Information Note: Plans for informal activities of the COP 25 Presidency, COP 26 incoming Presidency and the Chairs of the SBSTA and the SBI (May 5, 2021)
- Information Note: Workshop on the Global Goal on Adaptation 14 May 2021 (May 5, 2021)
- May–June 2021 Climate Change Conference Sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies (April 30, 2021)
- Adaptation Committee webinar on the global goal on adaptation 11 May 2021 (April 29, 2021)
- Information event on the work of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group in supporting the least developed countries on adaptation (April 29, 2021)
- Adaptation Finance Bulletin (April 28, 2021)
- Message to Parties: Submissions related to the fourth review of the Adaptation Fund. (April 23, 2021)
- Announcement: Informal meeting of the SB Chairs with Observers on April 29, 2021 at 15:00-16:15. Link to join. (April 23, 2021)
- A message from the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC regarding outcomes of the meeting of the COP/CMP/CMA Bureau held on 15 April 2021 (April 19, 2021)
- Overview of UNFCCC activities planned for April 2021 (April 14, 2021)
- CPD Letter to all Parties (April 13, 2021)
- The SBSTA and SBI Chairs are pleased to invite United Nations organizations and admitted observer organizations to follow the informal consultations on the Koronivia joint work on agriculture, to be convened virtually on Tuesday, 13 April 2021, from 14:00 to 15:30 CEST. The consultations may be followed via broadcast from this link. (April 5, 2021)
- **This event has been postponed. The secretariat refers to the information note circulated on 15 March 2021 regarding the plans for informal activities of the COP 25 Presidency, COP 26 incoming Presidency and the Chairs of the SBSTA and the SBI. The SBI Chair is pleased to invite Parties to actively participate in informal consultations on matters relating to the least developed countries, to be convened virtually on Monday, 12 April 2021, from 13:00 to 14:30 CEST. United Nations organizations and admitted observer organizations will be able to attend the meeting via broadcast from this link. (March 30, 2021)
- Informal consultations on the matters related to the fourth review of the Adaptation Fund, originally planned to be convened on 31 March, has been postponed to 14 April, 22:00-23:30 CEST. This link should be used for attending this meeting as an observer. (March 26, 2021)
- Information Note from the UNFCCC secretariat regarding plans for informal activities of the COP 25 Presidency, COP 26 incoming Presidency and the Chairs of the SBSTA and the SBI (March 18, 2021)
- Event: Informal consultations on the Review of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention Wednesday, 31 March 2021, from 22:00 to 23:30 CET. United Nations organizations and admitted observer organizations will be able to attend the meeting via broadcast. (March 18, 2021)
- Event: Informal consultations on the matters related to the fourth review of the Adaptation Fund Wednesday, 24 March 2021, from 11:00 to 12:30 CET. Registration open until Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 19:00 CET. (March 18, 2021)
- Message to Parties and Observers: Outcomes of the meeting of the Bureau on 25 February 2021 (March 4, 2021)
- Applications are open for the 2021 Global Climate ActionAward. (February 18, 2021)
- The UK has opened the process and opportunities for involvement via UK spaces for COP 26. Please see the website here and a downloadable resource here. The application period is now open and will close at 17:00 (GMT), 5 March 2021. The links to apply can be found on the website. (February 12, 2021)
- Guidelines for Virtual Participation in the Climate Dialouges (November 23, 2020)
- Presidency’s Open Dialogue Agenda (November 18, 2020)
- Registration for a general audience is now open. All participants who wish to access the virtual conference site once the Dialogues start, in order to be able to watch events, take part in online Q&As, network with other participants and visit exhibition booths, need to register here. Broadcasts will be accessible via the virtual conference site. Registration can be processed any time even shortly before the event starts or during the event. It is however recommended to register this week. (November 17, 2020)
- Virtual Participation Guide for the Climate Dialogues (November 17, 2020)
- EVENT: November 23, 2020 at 11:00AM— Briefing by the SB Chairs with Observers
- EVENT: November 4, 2020: at 11:00AM— Climate Dialouges. It will be broadcast to all observers here
- Call for Inputs by the Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures (August 6, 2020)
- Invitation to the Online Platform on Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID 19 (July 6, 2020)
- Message to Parties and Observers: Postponement of SBs 52 (June 22, 2020)
- Information Note: Call for Input to the SCF Forum (June 22, 2020)
- June Momentum Live Broadcast and Request for Questions (May 28, 2020)
- Information Regarding New Dates for COP 26 (May 28, 2020)
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