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Sustainable Energy Highlights

Within the preparatory work for the first meeting of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy which will take place on 18-19 November 2014,  an informal preparatory meeting took place on 26 June 2014 in Geneva with the Bureau candidates and selected experts from member States and key stakeholders, including international organizations. The objectives of the meeting were to launch the preparatory activities and to consider the roles of ECE and the Group of Experts in addition to and in partnership with already established players in the renewable energy space. NEW

Report of Expert Group on Resource Classification fifth session now available: more than 170 experts worldwide participated in the UNECE Resource Classification Week, 28 April-2 May.

UNECE Resource Classification Week: Experts from the UNECE region, as well as from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, gathered in Geneva, 28 April-2 May for the EGRC fifth session to discuss the UNFC.

UNECE and CIS Electric Power Council sign MoU in Baku: on 25 April at the 45th meeting of the CIS Electric Power Council in Baku, UNECE and the CIS Electric Power Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU was signed by UNECE Deputy Executive Secretary Andrey Vasilyev and th Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

UNECE Group of Experts on Gas hold its first meeting on 14-15 April 2014. The agenda included a roundtable discussion of the findings of a major study of the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets, recently completed by leading experts in the natural gas industry. The study was prepared to establish a point of departure for robust discussion among government policy makers and other key stakeholders of needed policies and normative instruments, such as regulations or best practice guidance. An important conclusion of the study is that, under the right conditions, natural gas could be an essential contributor to a sustainable future and LNG could be the gateway to a global gas market. A press conference held on 14 April at 14:00 offered insights into opportunities and challenges that LNG faces to reach its full potential as an energy carrier.

Developing a common assessment methodology for renewable energy resources through application of UNFC: this was the focus of the UNECE Workshop in Washington, 24-25 March. The event was hosted by the World Bank and sponsored by BP, DuPont, Shell and Total, with participation from IRENA and Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Can renewable energy reserves be defined?: a workshop at the Total Energy USA 2013 Conference in Houston on 21 November explored the role of UNFC to assess long-term market-based economic viability of new renewable energy projects 

Delivering on the mission of UNECE through energy  Expert Opinion by Sigurd Heiberg, Former Chair, UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy


23rd Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy 
(19 - 21 November 2014) (starts in the afternoon only) Palais des Nations, Geneva

First Session of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy 
(18 - 19 November 2014) Salle V, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency, first session 
(17 - 18 November 2014) Geneva, Switzerland

Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development 
(04 - 06 November 2014) Hammamet, Tunisia

9th Session Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane 
(23 October 2014) Palais des Nations, Geneva

10th Session Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels 
(21 October 2014) Palais des Nations, Geneva

UNFC Workshop 
(29 April 2014) Salle VII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, starting at 10am

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