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Energy Charter Secretariat contributes to the Climate Change Hackathon to support COP26 goals

On 21 October 2021 Dr Oleksandr Antonenko, Head of the Energy Efficiency Unit, was invited to judge the final event on the Climate Change Hackathon that brought together over 130 expert alumni from one of the most prestigious scholarship programmes in the world, namely the Chevening, CSC and Marshall programmes of the United Kingdom.

Dr Antonenko and the other three judges evaluated 12 proposals to support one of the UN Climate Conference (COP26) Goals. The teams of experts presented to judges their work on wide-ranging national and trans-national challenges with a focus on:

• Climate finance and collaboration

• Climate change mitigation

• Adaptation to climate change.

The winning team will present their ideas at a closed roundtable discussion with senior climate change experts and government officials within the COP26.

The Climate Change Hackathon was an excellent opportunity to develop innovative climate-related policy proposals and exchange opinions among the alumni of the UK scholarship programmes ahead of the COP26 meeting. The team of the Energy Charter Secretariat always stands ready to share experience, knowledge and skills with young experts in the energy field, especially taking into account the importance of urgent actions to achieve long-term global climate goals. As of 2021, the Secretariat employs 24 highly qualified international experts, including three Chevening alumni.