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Committee on Sustainable Energy

About the Committee on Sustainable Energy

The Committee on Sustainable Energy is an intergovernmental body that provides member States with a platform for international dialogue and cooperation. It is mandated to carry out a programme of work in the field of sustainable energy with a view to providing access to affordable and clean energy to all, in line with the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative of the Secretary-General, and to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector.

The Committee and its six subsidiary bodies will carry out concrete and results-oriented activities with the aim to achieve the specific objectives identified for each priority area and they will work in accordance with the “Guidelines on procedures and practices for ECE bodies” as adopted by the Commission session on 11 April 2013. Areas of work cover energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production from fossil fuels, renewable energy, coal mine methane, United Nations Framework Classification, and natural gas. The Committee will continue its energy security dialogue.        Objectives        Structure of the Committee         Committee Bureau


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

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 well on its way 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. Read more


25th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (28-30 September 2016, Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva)
As an enabler for achievement of all of the Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable energy combines environmental, economic and social aspects to ensure a sustainable future. Such a system notably would address all aspects of sustainable development in line with national priorities and concerns, including climate change and natural resource use, job creation and energy security, social tolerance, health and energy access, among others. The new sustainable development agenda requires countries to pursue concerted and accelerated action on energy in their national programmes. In order to pursue diverse development pathways efficiently, countries need to understand the full implications of the development imperatives, based on what has been agreed both in their own national contexts and from others’ perspectives in the recent international climate meetings. The prime objective of the 25th session of the Committee is to explore how to deliver on the national commitments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, and to discuss potential solutions to be agreed at an Energy Ministerial at the outset of the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 11 June 2017, as a major stepping stone in the history of this international fora process.

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)