Climate LinkUP: Global live launch event preview

CLU live launch event


Jo Maloney
Founder and CEO, Climate LinkUP

May 23rd, 2022

Ahead of Climate LinkUP’s launch event on June 8th, we caught up with Climate LinkUP’s Founder and CEO, Dr Jo Maloney to learn more about the online event and CLU’s aims for the future.

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's Polynesian Proverb

How better to describe Climate LinkUP?

As an online platform bringing together climate experts from organisations across the globe, we aim to share knowledge, improve decarbonisation strategies, and accelerate the delivery of bold climate positive action.

The CLU platform is open and free for everyone. This means anyone can join the climate community;  build your global networks across sectors, regions and stakeholder groups; listen to expert guests during live events and tap into the various free resources – including our cutting-edge ‘Net Zero Business Toolbox’ that will be launched soon.

Developed by CLU with our new partners - a net zero team of UK climate experts who have been supported by the World Bank - the Net Zero Business Toolbox will support organisations in navigating the green transition and propel them forwards to meet net zero targets. The Toolbox, along with a range of other innovative net zero corporate offerings, will be launched by CLU with our partners at E-world 2022.

It has been quite a journey to get here, but after 12 months of hard work to develop Climate LinkUP’s digital platform and build our diverse global team, we are finally ready to show CLU to the world and support organisations on their journey to net zero.

Our online live launch event begins at 10:00 CEST on June 8th, bringing together world-renowned climate academics, professionals, and CLU ambassadors from across four continents in a global climate change mitigation and adaptation event.

The event will consist of two themed sessions on climate change mitigation: The green energy transition, and Adaptation: environment, lasting until 14:00 CEST.

The four hours are broken down into 12 individual presentations with two themed Q&A sessions, designed to showcase and discuss the various climate challenges, opportunities, and solutions from across the globe.

Some of our key sessions throughout the day include:

Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj:
Addressing Carbon Emissions through Sustainable Energy Technologies at Different Scales

Our Event Keynote Speaker and Climate LinkUP partner, Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj will address the multifaceted challenges and opportunities of the energy transition. His career over the past 30 years means he now leads the 55-strong Energy & Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton, where he is a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy.

Prof. Bahaj is also chair of the upcoming international energy and climate conference on Evolving Cities ( 14-15 July 2022 in Southampton, UK).

Rob Hardison:
Utility considerations for integration of variable renewable energy

Rob is a consultant on the technical, environmental, market, and policy aspects of the green 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:

Reducing industrial heat emissions

Martin is 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.

Vanda Faasoa-Chan Ting:

Keeping the 1.5ºC dream alive

Vanda is Climate and Energy Mitigation Lead at The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Samoa, South Pacific.

Dr Felix Amankwah Diawuo:

Assessing the impact of demand response on peak grid demand in a developing country

Felix is a lecturer at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) Sunyani-Ghana. Felix is also a lead at the Regional Centre of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (RCEES), having previously worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), California. His research interests include clean fuel and energy technologies, supply and demand side management strategies, energy policy, electrical power systems and sustainable cities.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at the full programme and register for the free online event here: