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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


25th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy resumed
19 January 2016, Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva
The Committee on Sustainable Energy will continue its dialogue in support of the energy-related Sustainable Development Goals in this resumed session, which will focus on the results from the informal public consultation process about document ECE/Energy/2016/9.

11th Session Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
24-25 October 2016
Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

12th Session Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels, 26 to 27 October 2016,  Salle IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, focuses on activities that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired electricity generation.

Geneva 18 October - The UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) has released the second edition of the Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines. Since the first edition was published in 2010, the industry practice and regulations have evolved, and this second edition captures the most critical developments. The second edition also includes additional case studies that illustrate the application of the best practices in coal mines worldwide. The principles-based second edition of Best Practice Guidance does not replace national or international laws and regulations. Rather, it complements them through a holistic approach to safer and more effective methane management practices.

25th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy
28-30 September 2016, Salle XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva
In its 25th session the Committee explored how to deliver on the national commitments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals and to discuss potential solutions to be agreed at an Energy Ministerial at the outset of the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 11 June 2017, as a major stepping stone in the history of this international fora process.

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)


25 April 2017
Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

24 to 28 April 2017
including 8th Session, Expert Group on Resource Classification (26-28 April), Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

19 January 2017
Salle XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva

26 to 27 October 2016
Salle IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva