Sustainable Energy
Sustainable Energy Division
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  The UNECE undertakes considerable capacity building activities in the area of energy efficiency:

UNECE works for energy efficiency
[What UNECE does for you, Issue No. 6 - 27 November 2006]

Energy Efficiency 21 Project (EE21)
Energy Efficiency Investment Project Development for Climate Change Mitigation
Final Report on Energy Efficiency Investment Project Development for Climate Change Mitigation
Regional Network for Efficient Use of Energy Resources (RENEUER)



Within the framework of the Financing Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation project, a Regional Analysis of Policy Reforms to Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments will be undertaken by a contractor selected through competitive bid tender.

Innovative Internet communications will be undertaken to link local participants, non-governmental organizations with private sector counterparts by a selcted contractor.

The tendering process will begin with submission of an Expression of Interest to the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) website. This announcement is also cited on the UNDP website.

Should your institution or company wish to participate in the competitive bid tender, kindly access the
UNOG announcement
and follow the submission instructions.

For the registration number and other questions related to the submission, please contact:

  UNF/UNFIP Project document


Geneva, Palais des Nations, 28-29 May 2008

International conference organized by the Energy Charter Secretariat in close cooperation with UNECE and International Energy Agency (IEA/OECD):
Geneva, Palais des Nations, 28 May 2008

Preliminary Programme
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Presentations - 28 May 2008 (Energy Charter website)
| Presentations - 29 May 2008

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Organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat with the support of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy
Geneva, 27 May 2008
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Past Meetings:
Tenth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation
Geneva, 21-22 February 2008
Flyer | Documents | Presentations
Eighteenth Steering Committee meeting of the Energy Efficiency 21 Project (EE21)
Geneva, 30-31 May 2007
Documents | Presentations | More
Ninth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Investments for Climate Change Mitigation, Geneva, 1 June 2007
Seventeenth Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency 21 Project
29-30 May 2006
Invitation Letter | Documents | Presentations
Eighth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Investments for Climate Change Mitigation, 31 May 2006
Invitation Letter | Documents | Presentations

Seventh Meeting of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation
1–2 December 2005
Documents | Presentations

EE21 Steering Committee - Sixteenth session and Special Session on the Kyoto Protocol, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation
29 June - 1 July 2005
| List of Speakers | Flyer
29 June | 30 June | 1 July

EE 21 Steering Committee - Fifteenth session and Special Working Session on Renewable Sources of Energy
24-26 May 2004
More Information 
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Energy Efficiency 21 Project (EE21)

The Energy Efficiency 21 project is a region-wide project to enhance trade and co-operation in energy efficient, environmentally-sound techniques and management practices in order to help close the energy efficiency gap between actual practice and best technologies, and between ECE countries, in particular market developed countries and economies in transition. It is the successor of the Energy Efficiency 2000 Project that was launched in 1991.

The objectives of the current three year programme (2000 – 2003) are to: enhance the dissemination and exchange of information, analyses and experiences on energy efficient, environmentally-sound technologies; improve the networking of institutions, organizations and individuals working in the area of energy efficiency; provide institutional capacity development and training in business planning, financial engineering and project development; promote the implementation of energy efficiency legislation; and identify energy efficiency investment projects and potential sources of financing.

Extrabudgetary resources for this project are contributed by a variety of sources, notably governments, development agencies and UN organizations, such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Over the last ten years, cash contributions to the Trust Fund have averaged about US$ 200,000 per year. In addition, significant financial and ‘in-kind’ contributions are directly provided to support the activities of the project. For example, the Commission of the European Union provided about 400,000 Euros to support a joint project on energy efficiency labelling and standards in a number of transition countries under the auspices of the EE 2000 Project and the EU SAVE Programme. This study has been issued as an e-book publication by the United Nations, with a CD-ROM containing 500 pages of text and graphical illustrations.

The EE21 project is guided and monitored by a Steering Committee composed of delegates from national participating ministries and institutions, international organizations and donor agencies. The Steering Committee determines the activities, results, work methods, participation, procedures, budget, calendar of events and timetable of the project, and secures cooperation from other interested parties. In addition, the Steering Committee provides general guidance and oversight to the other operational activities of the Sustainable Energy Section of the IREED Division in the field of energy efficiency, such as the UNFIP/UNF project described below.

Energy Efficiency Investment Project Development for Climate Change Mitigation (UNF/UNFIP)

In 1999, the United Nations Foundation (UNF) approved a US $2 million project on energy efficiency for climate change mitigation within the framework of the then EE 2000 Project. The funding was provided to support market formation activities in economies in transition aimed at improving the investment climate for energy efficiency investments so that these could take place in a market environment, that is, on the basis of market criteria. It was also to encourage local and regional authorities to participate in the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and UNECE environmental accords.

The project covers five east European and CIS countries - Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation and Ukraine. It focuses specifically on three areas - municipal lighting, hospitals and district heating. Activities include capacity development and training for private and public officials at the local level to identify, develop and implement energy efficiency investment projects; assistance to municipal authorities and national administrations to introduce economic, institutional and regulatory reforms needed to support investment projects; and the development of energy efficiency investment proposals, with the help of consultants and trainers, for potential investment by commercial banks, private companies and financial service companies.

The United Nations Foundation, through the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), provided US $ 1.250 million to the project while co-financing partners, such as development agencies and private sector companies and institutions, provided the remainder, US $ 750,000. The ECE, as the executing agency, manages and disburses the funds.

An Ad Hoc Group of Experts guides the implementation of the activities and deals with operational issues. General oversight is provided by the Steering Committee of the EE 21 Project. Because of co-financing arrangements, new modalities and mechanisms to expedite the implementation of activities and disbursement of funds were implemented. The project is now more than halfway through its implementation phase, with project completion anticipated by the end of 2003.

Final Report on Energy Efficiency Investment Project Development for Climate Change Mitigation

Press Release

With the support of the United Nations Foundation and co-financing partners, the Energy Efficiency 21 (EE21) project .Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation., has demonstrated that it is possible to identify, develop and finance energy efficiency and renewable energy investment projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Eastern Europe and the CIS. This is an important step for energy efficiency market formation in economies in transition and essential for further progress.

The final report describes the results of the five-year project including some US$ 60 million of energy efficiency investment project proposals. The World Bank and other investors have approved financing for eighteen investment projects in Belarus, Bulgaria, Russian Federation and Ukraine for a total of US$ 14.9 million. These investments would reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 136,000 tonnes per year. In comparison, this is equivalent to the annual environmental benefits of:

  • Eliminating the CO2 emissions of 68,000 cars or;
  • Offsetting the use of 610 railroad cars of coal or;
  • Planting 15,000 hectares of forest.

Regional Network for Efficient Use of Energy Resources (RENEUER)

The RENEUER Project is a regional activity under the the EE21 Project support by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Department of Energy (USDOE), France and other bilateral donors.

This project is primarily intended for countries with economies in transition in southeast Europe - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia and Montenegro. The project’s strategic goal is to promote conditions for sustainable development in the region by overcoming regional barriers and creating favourable conditions for the penetration of advanced technologies for the efficient use of local energy resources.

More specifically, the project is intended to: (a) provide technical assistance to improve the capacity at the municipal and local level for the identification, development and implementation of bankable projects for the efficient use of energy resources; (b) designate new energy efficiency investment zones and identify pilot investment projects in each of the participating countries; (c) develop and maintain a pipeline of bankable projects; and (d) develop an information pool to meet the information needs of project owners, project developers, financing institutions, companies and experts.

Secretariat support to the project is provided by the Center for Energy Efficiency (EnEffect) in Sofia and the Black Sea Regional Energy Centre in Bucharest. The Executive Director of EnEffect, who is also Vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EE 21 Project, is the Regional Coordinator of the project. The ECE via the Steering Committee of the EE 21 Project and the Sustainable Energy Section of the IREED Division provides overall coordination.



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