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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/.