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Sustainable Energy

About Sustainable Energy

UNECE’s work on sustainable energy is designed to improve access to affordable and clean energy for all and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector in the region. It promotes international policy dialogue and cooperation among governments, energy industries and other stakeholders.  The focus  is on energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production from fossil fuels, renewable energy, coal mine methane, natural gas, classification of energy and mineral reserves and resources, and energy security.  Read more


26th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy
26-28 September 2017, Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

The online registration is now available.

The focus of the twenty-sixth session is on the role that the Committee on Sustainable Energy and its six subsidiary bodies can play to accelerate delivery on energy for sustainable development. The energy transition is moving rapidly as evidenced by the way energy system forecasts have shifted recently. Nevertheless, important gaps to address the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development persist. The objective of the session is to explore synergies across regions, within governments, and within the United Nations system to address cross-cutting energy issues and to explore partnerships for enhanced capacity building and sharing of experiences. Read more

The Regional Workshop on the Development of National Sustainable Energy Policies will be held on 29 September from 10:00-13:00. The workshop features best practice policies for the development of national sustainable energy policies in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Read more

The Ministerial Conference and the Eighth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development
11-14 June 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan
The outcome document of the Conference is on www.energyministerial.kz

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)  issued the REN21 UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report 2017

The UNECE Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report 2017 provides a comprehensive overview of the current status of renewable energy and energy efficiency trends in the following 17 selected countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The report was launched on 12 June 2017 at the Energy Ministerial and 8th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana, Kazakhstan, 11-14 June 2017

Survey on Methane Management

The UNECE Secretariat in consultation with the secretariats of the International Gas Union, the World Coal Association and the World Petroleum Council and other industry experts, has prepared a survey of how methane monitoring is done currently. 

Overcoming barriers to investing in energy efficiency
This study is a result of a joint research by UNECE and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and is based on the results of the survey on overcoming barriers to investing in energy efficiency conducted over the period 10 January – 7 February 2017. The survey was posted on the website of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and sent to the UNECE Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency, the Committee on Energy Efficiency, the network of experts of the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, networks of other relevant organizations, and to other experts in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainable energy. This report covers the analysis of the first (general) part of the survey and does not include the analysis of the second part of the survey with specific questions related to the energy efficiency in industry (to be provided later). Please send your feedback on this report to oleg.dzioubinski@unece.org.
Please click here to see the report.

Applying UNFC to Solar Energy - An Introduction
This video provides a short introduction to the application of UNFC to solar energy and the benefits it will bring in particular to investors in energy projects.

There is no scenario to 2050 in which even when it meets the 2 degree target-no scenario that has less than 40% fossil watch Scott Foster, UNECE’s Director of Sustainable Energy, interview with Dukascopy TV (EN)
(7 June 2016)