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List of Press Releases - 2017-7

UNFC anthropogenic resources specifications open for public comment (14 August 2017)

UNECE has issued the draft specifications for the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to Anthropogenic Resources for public comment on 14 August until 12 October 2017.  Production of energy and mineral resources are usually accompanied by the ...
Ministers adopt declaration to accelerate global transition to sustainable energy (12 June 2017)

Ministers and high-level officials from 85 countries sent a strong call to accelerate the transition towards sustainable energy systems in a statement adopted at a global conference in Astana, Kazakhstan on 11 June 2017. The Declaration contains seven voluntary actions, which outline ways to ...
Investment in renewable energy still lacking in 17 countries in South and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (12 June 2017)

The 17 UNECE countries in South and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia represented only 0.2% or USD 0.4 billion of global renewable energy investment in 2015. despite comprising over 300 million inhabitants and representing 4.9% of the world’s GDP Attracting investment represents a ...
Opening of the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane in Poland – safer mining, cleaner environment, and efficient resource use (08 June 2017)

Approximately 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from production, transportation, storage and use of coal. If measured over a period of 100 years, methane has a global warming potential 25 times higher than that of carbon dioxide (CO2).  If uncaptured and released, emissions of this ...
UNFC bioenergy specifications open for public comment (29 May 2017)

Specifications for the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to bioenergy were released on 24 May for public comment until 23 July 2017. Growing awareness and interest in renewable energy resources, including bioenergy, has highlighted a need to normalize ...
New Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane in China will help to reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of coal mining and enhance safety (19 May 2017)

China has been the world’s largest coal producer for the past three decades. It also is one of the largest emitters of coal mine methane, with 43% of the world’s total. In 2016, China produced 3.4 billion tonnes of coal. During the extraction, 13.5 billion cubic meters of methane released from ...
UNECE signs MoU with the World Coal Association (19 January 2017)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Coal Association (WCA) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formalizes their long-term collaboration. Through this MoU, UNECE and WCA will work to facilitate a dialogue between governments and the coal ...