Committee on Sustainable Energy
The Committee on Sustainable Energy is an intergovernmental body that provides member States with a platform for international dialogue and cooperation. It is mandated to carry out a programme of work in the field of sustainable energy with a view to providing access to affordable and clean energy to all, in line with the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative of the Secretary-General, and to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector.
The Committee and its six subsidiary bodies will carry out concrete and results-oriented activities with the aim to achieve the specific objectives identified for each priority area and they will work in accordance with the “Guidelines on procedures and practices for ECE bodies” as adopted by the Commission session on 11 April 2013. Areas of work cover energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production from fossil fuels, renewable energy, coal mine methane, United Nations Framework Classification, and natural gas. The Committee will continue its energy security dialogue. Objectives Structure of the Committee Committee Bureau
The energy transition is underway. Energy efficiency is the largest contributor to CO2 reduction but it proves insufficient to reach climate objectives. Decarbonising remains essential. Watch UNECE's Energy expert David Elzinga interview by Nicolette de Joncaire of l'Agefi, presenting findings from his last study on the energy transition. (Interview in English and in Spanish) (5 June 2015)
The Open-ended Consultations on UNECE Work on Sustainable Energy offer the possibility for member States to review progress of the implementation of the programme of work 2014-2015 in preparation of the twenty-fourth session of the Committee (27 - 28 May 2015)
How the global energy system will develop is one of today’s big unknowns. As energy is both cause and solution to many global problems, testing plausible alternative energy futures is the basis for informed decision making (Reaching sustainable energy in the UNECE Region- Common understanding and critical uncertainties workshop, 26 May 2015)
The world is at a critical juncture to achieve a sustainable energy system (2nd Geneva Energy Conversations: Scenarios for Sustainable Energy-Graduate Institute, Geneva -Graduate Institute, Geneva in cooperation with UNECE (26 May 2015)