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Energy Efficiency

About Energy Efficiency

The Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) was established to carry out concrete, results-oriented activities that, in line with the "Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative of the United Secretary-General, help significantly improve energy  efficiency in the region, thus contributing to climate change mitigation efforts; and strengthen regional cooperation in energy efficiency, with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Group of Experts focuses on regulatory and policy dialogue addressing financial, technical and policy barriers to improve energy efficiency and on sharing experience and best practices in the field of energy efficiency in the United Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) region, including on strengthening institutional capacity in energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency for 2018-2019

Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency for 2016-2017

Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency for 2014-2015





Overcoming Barriers to Investing in Energy Efficiency

This publication presents the outcome of a survey among the energy efficiency practitioners on the challenges and solutions for overcoming barriers to energy efficiency investments.
The primary geographic focus is the UNECE region comprising 56 member States from Western Europe (members and non-members of the European Union), North America (Canada and the United States), South-East Europe, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Israel, Turkey and the Russian Federation.
This is a joint effort by the UNECE and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency.
The analysis of the survey and its conclusions and recommendations will serve as a useful tool for energy efficiency community. Policy makers can apply the results to the situation in their countries and find approaches to improve investment climate for energy efficiency. 

Oleg Dzioubinski, UNECE, discusses findings of the study Overcoming Barriers to Investing in Energy Effciency (interview with Dukascopy TV, 29 January 2018).




This is the second edition of the Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency publication prepared in the framework of the United Nations Development Account project “Promoting Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development”. It provides additional exemplars of the best policy practices for promoting energy efficiency in UNECE region and beyond. The objective of the publication is to present a structured framework of policies and measures to promote energy efficiency investments for climate change mitigation and sustainable development, as well as to develop a menu of energy efficiency policies and measures.


Outcomes from the Ministerial Conference and 8th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

Ministerial Declaration

Outcomes of the Forum

Key Messages

Framework Guidelines



31 October to 01 November 2017
Salle VIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

30 to 31 October 2017
Salle VIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva