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UNECE Group of Experts on Gas will hold its first meeting on 14-15 April 2014. The agenda includes a roundtable discussion of the findings of a major study of the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets, recently completed by leading experts in the natural gas industry. The study was prepared to establish a point of departure for robust discussion among government policy makers and other key stakeholders of needed policies and normative instruments, such as regulations or best practice guidance. An important conclusion of the study is that, under the right conditions, natural gas could be an essential contributor to a sustainable future and LNG could be the gateway to a global gas market. A press conference that will be held on 14 April at 14:00 will offer insights into opportunities and challenges that LNG faces to reach its full potential as an energy carrier.

Developing a common assessment methodology for renewable energy resources through application of UNFC: this was the focus of the UNECE Workshop in Washington, 24-25 March. The event was hosted by the World Bank and sponsored by BP, DuPont, Shell and Total, with participation from IRENA and Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Can renewable energy reserves be defined?: a workshop at the Total Energy USA 2013 Conference in Houston on 21 November explored the role of UNFC to assess long-term market-based economic viability of new renewable energy projects 

Delivering on the mission of UNECE through energy  Expert Opinion by Sigurd Heiberg, Former Chair, UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy

Mapping the flow: from “uranium in the ground” to “uranium in the can”   Expert Opinion by Harikrishnan Tulsidas, Nuclear Technology Specialist, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Vice Chair, Expert Group on Resource Classification

UNFC is key to Sustainable Development in India:  a key outcome of the “National Conference on Sustainable Mining and the UNFC – Challenges and Opportunities in India”, held in New Delhi, 29-30 October 2013, was an accelerated action agenda to enhance governance of the mining sector, including use of the UNFC for improved decision support.

Exploring the links between sustainable energy for all and security of supply Speech of Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy Division, at High Level Conference on Energy Security and Sustainable Development – The OSCE Perspective, Ashgabat, 18 October 2013

Energy Efficiency Programmes at UNECE Interview of Oleg Dzioubinski, Energy Efficiency 21 Programme Manager, with Dukascopy TV, 11 October 2013 [in Russian]   

Energy for Sustainable Development - Fourth International Forum in Tbilisi explored policies and legislation needed to support energy efficiency improvements, access to cleaner energy, financing energy efficiency, and energy efficiency in buildings and infrastructure (17-19 September 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia)

UNFC – the tool of choice for optimizing natural resource management
Government experts responsible for pilot testing the UNFC met in Santiago, 9-12 July 2013, to plan a full UNFC roll-out focused on sustainable development objectives in emerging economies

No sustainable development without sustainable energy:  At the high-level Panel on Energy in the Post-2015 Agenda during the Vienna Energy Forum on 28 May 2013, Mr. Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of UNECE, emphasized the need to provide secure, affordable and sustainable energy. Link to article "UNECE participates in Vienna Energy Forum 2013" (UNECE Weekly 532, 3-7 June 2013). Link to Statement by Mr. Sven Alkalaj.


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