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Sustainable Energy

About Sustainable Energy

UNECE’s work on sustainable energy is designed to improve access to affordable and clean energy for all and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector in the region. It promotes international policy dialogue and cooperation among governments, energy industries and other stakeholders.  The focus  is on energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production from fossil fuels, renewable energy, coal mine methane, natural gas, classification of energy and mineral reserves and resources, and energy security.  Read more

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26th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy
26-28 September 2017, room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

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The focus of the twenty-sixth session is on the role that the Committee on Sustainable Energy and its six subsidiary bodies can play to accelerate delivery on energy for sustainable development. The energy transition is moving rapidly as evidenced by the way energy system forecasts have shifted recently. Nevertheless, important gaps to address the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development persist. The objective of the session is to explore synergies across regions, within governments, and within the United Nations system to address cross-cutting energy issues and to explore partnerships for enhanced capacity building and sharing of experiences.

Opening of the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane in China to be held on 22 - 24 September 2017 in Tianjin, China.

The opening ceremony of the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane (ICE-CMM) in China will take place on 24 September in Tianjin within the framework of the 19th International Mining Congress of China and will be followed by a short workshop organized by the Shanxi Coking Coal Group Co Ltd (SCCG), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI).

The Regional Workshop on the Development of National Sustainable Energy Policies will be held on 29 September from 10:00-17:00 in room XII, Palais des Nations. The workshop features best practice policies for the development of national sustainable energy policies in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

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Workshop on Coal Mine Methane and Abandoned Mine Methane in the context of Sustainable Energy, to be held on 23 October 2017 in room VIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

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The workshop will be organised by the UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane in cooperation with the Global Methane Initiative (GMI). While the event will briefly address issues related to the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and cross-cutting activities conducted under the Committee on Sustainable Energy, the main part of the meeting will be dedicated  to the subject of Abandoned Mine Methane.

12th Session Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane, 24 - 25 October 2017, room VIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

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The meeting will focus on the progress in carrying out the deliverables of the 2016-2017 work cycle, including the status of implementation of the extrabudgetary project on Dissemination of best practices in the abatement, recovery, and use of methane, and the status and activities of the International Centres of Excellence on CMM in Poland and in China. The Group will additionally review its work plan for 2018-2019 and discuss its implementation.

13th Session Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels, 26 - 27 October 2017, room VIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

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The fourth session of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE), to be held on 31 October -1 November 2017 in room VII (Palais des Nations), will focus its discussions on implementation of the Work Plan for 2016–2017 and the new activities planned for 2018-2019.

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Results of the first meeting of the Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings (with the Committee on Housing and Land Management) on 30 October 2017 and its upcoming activities will be reviewed. Delegates will discuss practical ways for promoting and implementing Framework guidelines for energy efficiency standards in buildings. 

The fourth session of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE), to be held on 2-3 November 2017 in room VII (Palais des Nations), will focus on the implementation of activities under the current biennium and on the activities planned for the Work Plan 2018-2019.

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This year discussion will be tackling the following themes:

  • Tracking progress of renewable energy development
  • Best practices on how to increase the uptake of renewable energy
  • Integration of renewable energy in future sustainable energy systems and cross-cutting collaboration
  • Promotion of renewable energy investments
Overcoming barriers to investing in energy efficiency
This study is a result of a joint research by UNECE and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and is based on the results of the survey on overcoming barriers to investing in energy efficiency conducted over the period 10 January – 7 February 2017. The survey was posted on the website of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and sent to the UNECE Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency, the Committee on Energy Efficiency, the network of experts of the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, networks of other relevant organizations, and to other experts in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainable energy. This report covers the analysis of the first (general) part of the survey and does not include the analysis of the second part of the survey with specific questions related to the energy efficiency in industry (to be provided later). Please send your feedback on this report to oleg.dzioubinski@unece.org.
Please click here to see the report.

Applying UNFC to Solar Energy - An Introduction
This video provides a short introduction to the application of UNFC to solar energy and the benefits it will bring in particular to investors in energy projects.