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Pathways to Sustainable Energy

The UNECE region will play an important role in attaining the international energy and climate objectives that were agreed in 2015, notably the Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the agreement reached at the 21st COP meeting in Paris in 2015, referred to as “Paris Agreement”. Energy underpins most of these goals, and the energy sector plays a critical role in finding solutions for both sustainable development and climate change mitigation.

There is a gap between the ambitious targets set for the future, and the strategies and systems in place today. Adding to the complexities, there is yet no clear view of the starting point in terms of where countries stand with their sustainable energy policies, neither a common definition of “sustainable energy”, and therefore also no agreement on how to achieve these important objectives. This conundrum is particularly relevant for the UNECE region with its highly diverse membership with divergent economic development, resource availability and energy mixes.

There is an important opportunity to explore the implications of different sustainable energy strategies for the region. Initiated by UNECE member States, the Pathways to Sustainable Energy Project seeks to provide answers to these questions.

The project has three components, which consist of

(1) the development of sustainable energy policy and technology options towards 2050 by means of modelling and other tools,

(2) the facilitation of energy expert and policy exchange formats, and

(3) the development of an early-warning system if achievement of sustainable energy objectives is not on track. Read more