The Role of Fossil Fuels in a Sustainable Energy System
Scott Foster and David Elzinga
The persistent critical challenge is to ensure an improved quality of life and economic growth, while reducing the environmental footprint of the energy sector. The transition to a sustainable energy system is an opportunity to improve energy efficiency from source to use, minimize environmental impacts, reduce energy and carbon intensities, and correct energy market failures.
(UN Chronicle, Vol. LII No. 3 2015, December)
Oleg Dzioubinski, Energy Efficiency Programme Manager, speaks of the outcomes of the 6th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development
Олег Дзюбинский, ЕЭК ООН рассказывает о результатах 6-го Международного Форума по энергетике для устойчивого развития
Interview with Dukascopy TV, 15 October 2015
Business models and smart policies for scaling up renewable energy. Scott Foster, Director of the Sustainable Energy Division at UNECE, joined a high level panel at the Vienna Energy Forum 2015 to discuss business models and smart policies for scaling up renewable energy. In his remarks Mr. Foster focused on the challenge to get on a determined pathway to sustainable energy, one that balances the enormous climate challenge the world faces with the reality that fossil fuel will retain an important share of the world's primary energy mix for the foreseeable future.
8 July 2015
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
“UNECE on Energy” What are the last trends in terms of energy security and energy efficiency in the UNECE region? What about a European Energy Union? What role will natural gas and renewable energies play in the foreseeable future? What are the trends regarding electric vehicles on our roads? Oleg Dzioubinski, UNECE Economic Affairs Officer for Energy Efficiency is interviewed by Dukascopy TV about Energy issues (Interview in English and in Russian) (Also available on Youtube in English and in Russian)
6 May 2015
Oleg Dzioubinski, Energy Efficiency Programme Manager, speaks of the impact of rational use of energy resources on the world economy
Рациональное использование энергоресурсов существенно влияет на экономику планеты. Олег Дзюбинский, ЕЭК ООН
[in Russian] (Interview with Dukascopy TV, 31 October 2014)
Carbon capture and storage, a key to climate change mitigation: with over 60% of electricity generation of UNECE’s 56 member states coming from fossil fuels, CCS is essential to reach climate goals. Article by Scott Foster, Director, UNECE Sustainable Energy L’AEGFI Commodities Special Edition 2015 (page 16)
Fundamentals of the UNFC explained: UNFC Animated Presentation developed by the EGRC Communications Sub-Committee
Smart Cities: Scott Foster was interviewed on the BBC Click programme regarding Smart Cities. Since 70% of the 9 billion people on earth in 2050 will be living in cities, the challenges of sustainable urban development must be addressed. Part of the solution could well be Smart Cities that integrate urban planning, architectural design, ICT and energy management to improve energy efficiency, reduce environmental pollution, provide innovative economically viable means to absorb urban growth including in LDCs, and enhance living conditions. Link to audio presentation.
Sustainable energy concepts: Scott Foster explains the underlying concepts of sustainable energy and provides examples of UNECE's work in the field. Link to video presentation.
UNFC: Michael Lynch-Bell, Chair of UNECE's Expert Group on Resource Classification, explains what the UNFC does and which players in the economy will be using the classification system. Link to video presentation.
Scott Foster explains how UNECE's work on resource classification fits with the UN's mandate of securing affordable and sustainable energy supply. Link to video presentation.
UNECE and natural gas: Scott Foster, Director of UNECE's Sustainable Energy Division, explains the role and mission of the Division. He highlights the critical role that natural gas can play on the path to a sustainable energy future. Link to video presentation.Alexander Karasevich, Chairman, UNECE Working Party on Gas, Director General, OJSC "Gazprom Promgaz", explains how the Working Party on Gas works (in Russian). Link to video presentation. Gheorghe Radu, Vice Chairman, UNECE Working Party on Gas, Director, Investment and Technical Division, Romgaz, explains why the group launched a study on Underground Gas Storage (UGS) in Europe and Central Asia. Link to video presentation.
No sustainable development without sustainable energy: At the high-level Panel on Energy in the Post-2015 Agenda during the Vienna Energy Forum on 28 May 2013, Mr. Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of UNECE, emphasized the need to provide secure, affordable and sustainable energy. Link to article "UNECE participates in Vienna Energy Forum 2013" (UNECE Weekly 532, 3-7 June 2013). Link to Statement by Mr. Sven Alkalaj.