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The Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels is a subsidiary body of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE) that focuses on activities that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired electricity generation. These activities are developed and implemented with the active participation of UNECE member States, representatives from the energy and financial sectors and civil society, independent experts and the academia.

Highlights

NEW  UNECE preparing recommendations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on carbon capture and storage

At its 2013 session the UNECE Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels agreed to prepare recommendations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on how carbon capture and storage (CCS) in cleaner electricity production, as well as CCS for enhanced oil recovery, could be used in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Group of Experts has so far held three rounds of consultations:

  • On 26 March 2014, the Chair of the Group of Experts, Mr. Barry Worthington, and the Vice Chair, Mr. Vladimir Budinsky visited the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn.
  • On 1 July 2014, consultations were held in Washington, DC with US-based stakeholders, including the US Department of Energy and the US Energy Association. Mr. Barry Worthington (Chair of the Group of Experts) participated.
  • On 23 July 2014, consultations were held in London with various stakeholders including the Global CCS Institute, IEA, IEA Clean Coal Centre, World Energy Council as well as other European and international stakeholders. Mr. Barry Worthington (Chair of the Group of Experts) and Mr. Sergey Katyshev (Vice Chair of the Group of Experts) also participated.

A final round of stakeholders consultations will be held on 20 October 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

A first outline of the recommendations has emerged as a result of the consultative process to date. Experts, including from UNECE member States and international organizations, are invited to send their suggestions and comments to the UNECE secretariat:

Mr Viktor Badaker
Secretary, Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels
viktor.badaker@unece.org

More about Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels

Areas of Work

  • Regulatory and policy dialogue
  • Sharing best practices in the field of cleaner electricity production from fossil fuels in the ECE region
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), as well as carbon utilization
    Enhanced oil recovery with carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Advanced fossil fuels technologies for power generation
  • Evaluation of efficiency enhancing measures for coal-fired power plants including steam generators, air and flue gas systems, steam turbines, generators.

In 2014 the Group of Experts is focused primarily on CCS.  International activities for UNECE member States to consider are opportunities to collaborate and actively participate in several upcoming Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) Working Groups on the following topics:

  • Technical working group activities in CO2 utilization options
    CCS technology gaps closure
  • Carbon capture energy penalty reduction
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) with industrial emissions sources
    Technical challenges for conversion of CO2-enhanced oil recovery (EOR) to CCS
  • Identifying and assessing links between technology-related risks and liability
    Competition of CCS with other resources
  • Stimulating introduction of innovative technologies, notably on electricity with a focus on controlling emissions
  • Analysis of the efficiency of the fleet of conventional power plants and based on this development of best practices on the implementation of modernization measures from an economic and environmental perspective.  

The work of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Energy Production from Fossil Fuels is not limited to CCS. ECE member States could decide to develop other concrete and results-oriented activities within agreed mandates. CSE encourages the exchange of know-how and best practices between relevant experts of all member States in order to attract investments in advanced fossil fuels technologies for electricity generation with a view to supporting industrial and economic competitiveness and achieving low-carbon sustainable development.

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