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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



TEDx Place Des Nations - 11 February 2016

Scott Foster, Director of UNECE's Sustainable Energy Division, speaking on "Re-inventing the Energy System for the Future", 11 February - WATCH LIVE! 
The main thesis is that we need to move beyond the engineering culture that created today's energy system to a service culture that can meet our development and climate goals.

The Role of Fossil Fuels in a Sustainable Energy System
Scott Foster and David Elzinga
The persistent critical challenge is to ensure an improved quality of life and economic growth, while reducing the environmental footprint of the energy sector. The transition to a sustainable energy system is an opportunity to improve energy efficiency from source to use, minimize environmental impacts, reduce energy and carbon intensities, and correct energy market failures.
(UN Chronicle, Vol. LII No. 3 2015, December)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Renewable energy Policy Network for the 21st century (REN21) joined forces to produce the UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report which covers 17 selected UNECE member countries located in the South East Europe, the  Caucasus, the Russian Federation and Central Asia.  It has been prepared in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report draws on information from national and regional sources to present the most up-to-date summary of sustainable energy and provides a comprehensive overview of the status of renewable energy and energy efficiency markets, industry, policy and regulatory frameworks, and investment activities.

Major Studies





24 to 25 October 2016
Palais des Nations, Geneva

26 April 2016
Salle VII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, starting at 10am

21 to 22 April 2016
Palais des Nations, Geneva

19 to 20 April 2016
Geneva, Palais des Nations