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Committee on Sustainable Energy

About the 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


Global Tracking Framework: UNECE Progress in Sustainable Energy

The UNECE regional GTF report tracks progress towards the objectives of Sustainable Development Goal #7 “to Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy for All” (SDG 7). Building upon the three SDG 7 pillars of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy access, the report goes further to present additional information about the current status of sustainable energy within UNECE sub-regions.

The report finds that, overall, the achievement of all three SDG 7 goals is not on track, and that efforts need to be accelerated if the UNECE region is to achieve the SDG 7 targets by 2030.

The report further introduces the Energy for Sustainable Development framework that highlights energy as the golden thread linking energy-related Sustainable Development Goals across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The framework analysis leads to the conclusion that a broader set of energy indicators is required to track energy for sustainable development comprehensively, including indicators covering climate, fossil fuels, and water related metrics, among others.

This UNECE report is one of five regional reports on progress towards the objectives of Sustainable Development Goal #7. It hereby builds upon UNECE's contribution to the 2017 Global Tracking Framework report, which includes regional chapters prepared by the United Nation’s five Regional Commissions. The global report is published by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency. See more information under http://gtf.esmap.org/.


25th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (28-30 September 2016, Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva)
As an enabler for achievement of all of the Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable energy combines environmental, economic and social aspects to ensure a sustainable future. Such a system notably would address all aspects of sustainable development in line with national priorities and concerns, including climate change and natural resource use, job creation and energy security, social tolerance, health and energy access, among others. The new sustainable development agenda requires countries to pursue concerted and accelerated action on energy in their national programmes. In order to pursue diverse development pathways efficiently, countries need to understand the full implications of the development imperatives, based on what has been agreed both in their own national contexts and from others’ perspectives in the recent international climate meetings. The prime objective of the 25th session of the Committee is to explore 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.

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)