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23rd Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy

19 - 21 November 2014

Salle VII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Sustainable energy objectives are attainable, if the world embarks on a determined, collective effort

The Committee meeting was held during UNECE’s Sustainable Energy Week (17–21 November 2014), which featured five events and included the first meetings of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency and the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy, a Workshop on the Development of a Classification for Renewable Energies and the launch of the Geneva Energy Conversations.

In opening the meeting, UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach called attention to the Committee’s focus on 'Energy for Sustainable Development – Must Reality Conflict with Ambition?' “The objectives of energy sustainability are attainable, if the world embarks on a determined, collective effort”, he said, presenting to the Committee an extended menu of policy options for consideration by countries to act into eight categories. The high-level segment continued with addresses from the World Energy Council, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and KPMG International, followed by a panel dialogue, which further examined how to accelerate the world's transition to a sustainable energy system.
 
During the discussion the points were raised that policy must align with people’s needs.  It is much more effective if people work to achieve societal objectives while working in their self-interest.  Also, it is impossible to know the future given how technology advances, economies evolve, and markets react.  It is essential that we be humble in our approach and focus on establishing the framework conditions within which investors and consumers make their choices.  As participants noted, there is not a lack of capital, nor a dearth of innovation or technology that prevents us from meeting the objectives of energy for sustainable development.  What is needed is stability and political commitment to the long game in balancing economics, environment, and societal needs.

UNECE member States agreed on recommendations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on how Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and CCS for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) should be treated in a Post-Kyoto Protocol Agreement. After the meeting, the UNECE Executive Secretary submitted the recommendations to the UNFCCC secretariat for further action at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Lima, Peru.

Member States and the public were also invited to join the launch of the Geneva Energy Conversations. UNECE and the Centre for International Environmental Studies of the Geneva Graduate Institute organised the first in a series of innovative evenings, focussing on the solutions and challenges to reach and stay on a 2°C pathway. David Hone, Chief Climate Change Advisor to Shell, underscored that, while emissions continue to rise despite government efforts, the solutions to climate change are still within reach.


In its other work, the Committee also the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency meeting discussed conclusions and recommendations, as well as its 2014-2015 Work Plan, and the Work Plans for the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy, Expert Group on Resource Classification, Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels, Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane, and Group of Experts on Gas.


A memorandum of understanding with the Renewable Energy Network of the 21st Century (REN21) was signed to undertake joint activities on renewable energy in the UNECE region.


UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach: Opening Statement at the 5th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, Hammamet, Tunisia, 4-7 November 2014.  Watch video on UNECE’s YouTube channel

The Executive Secretaries of the five UN Regional Commissions issue joint call for action to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy (UNECE Press Release, 4 November 2014)

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LOGISTICAL INFORMATION
UNECE Sustainable Energy Week, Palais des Nations (17-21 November 2014)

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Invitation Letter

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Annotated Provisional Agenda for the twenty-third session
ECE/ENERGY/95

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Item 5: How can energy efficiency uptake be accelerated?

Draft Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency for 2014-2015
ECE/ENERGY/GE.6/2014/3

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Proposal for a study on standards related to the work under the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management
ECE/HBP/2014/4

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Item 6:   From source to use: the role of fossil fuels in delivering a sustainable energy future

UNECE Recommendations to the UNFCC on how carbon capture and storage could contribute to reducing net GHG emissions
ECE/ENERGY/2014/5 (English only)

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Application of the United nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 to nuclear fuel resources
ECE/ENERGY/2014/6

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Report of the Expert Group on Resource Classification on its fifth session (29 April – 2 May 2014)
ECE/ENERGY/GE.3/2014/2

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Report of the Group of Experts on Gas on its first session (14 - 15 April 2014)
ECE/ENERGY/GE.8/2014/2

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Report of the ninth meeting of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2014/2

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Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane for 2014-2015
Annex to ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2014/1

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Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels for 2014-2015
Annex to ECE/ENERGY/GE.5/2014/1

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Item 7: How can renewable Energy help optimize energy systems?

Draft Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy for 2014-2015

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Item 8:   Matters related to future work of the Committee

Decision on matters relating to the Committee on Sustainable Energy
Economic Commission for Europe, Executive Committee
ECE/EX/7

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Cooperation and Coordination with other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations
ECE/ENERGY2014/1

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Update on regional advisory services
ECE/ENERGY/2014/2

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Revised draft publication plan for 2014-2015
ECE/ENERGY/2014/3

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Provisional calendar of meetings for 2015
ECE/ENERGY/2014/4

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Room Documents

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Draft  Conclusions and Recommendations for the twenty-third session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy
CSE-23/2014/INF.1

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List of Room Documents
CSE-23/2014/INF.2

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Session Structure to the annotated provisional agenda
CSE-23/2014/INF.3

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List of Members of the Extended Bureau of the Committee on Sustainable Energy
CSE-23/2014/INF.4

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Joint Statement of the Executive Secretaries of the United Nations Regional Commissions of the Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, Hammamet,Tunisia
CSE-23/2014/INF.5

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Biographies for high-level speakers on 19 November 2014
CSE_23/2014/INF.6

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Biographies for speakers of the Geneva Energy Conversations
CSE_23/2014/INF.7

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Biographies for speakers of the general segment from 20-21 November 2014
CSE_23/2014/INF.8

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Progress report of subsidiary bodies of the Committee on Sustainable Energy
CSE-23/2014/INF.9

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Overview of extrabudgetary projects led by the Sustainable Energy Division
CSE-23/2014/INF.10

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Draft Publication Plan for 2016-2017
CES_23/2014/INF.11

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Initial review of energy efficiency in the UNECE Region
ECE/ENERGY/GE.6/2014/INF.1

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A balanced matrix of energy efficiency polices to support SE4ALL objectives and sustainable development
ECE/ENERGY/GE.6/2014/INF.2

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Draft pre-publication for Analysis of National Case Studies on Policy Reforms to Promote Energy Efficiency Investments
ECE/ENERGY/GE.6/2014/INF.3

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Status of renewable energy in the UNECE Region
ECE/ENERGY/GE.7/2014/INF.1

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Access to energy services in the UNECE Region
ECE/ENERGY/GE.7/2014/INF.2

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Accelerating renewable energy uptake and framework for best practice guidance
ECE/ENERGY/GE.7/2014/INF.3

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Item 4 - High-level thematic discussions

Welcome Statement
Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

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Energy in Transition - navigating through uncertainty
Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council

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Creating a Sustainable Energy Future
Lord Dr. Hastings of Scarisbrick, CBE, Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity, KPMG International

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Item 5 - How can Energy Efficiency Uptake be Accelerated?

Melanie Slade, Programme Manager, Energy Efficiency and Environment, International Energy Agency (IEA)

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Martin K. Patel, Chair for Energy Efficiency, University of Geneva

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Item 6 - From Source to Use: The Role of Fossil Fuels in Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future

Progressing CCS
Jon Gibbins, Director, UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, University of Edinburgh

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The Role for Gas in Energy Access and Economic Development
Torstein Indrebø,  Secretary-General, International Gas Union and Vice Chair, Group of Experts on Gas

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Resource Management and Energy Sustainability
Michael Lynch-Bell,  Senior Independent Director, Kazakhmys and Chair Ex-officio, Expert Group on Resource Classification

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Shale Gas and Emissions Reduction
Jan Roelofsen, Research Director and Advisor for Unconventionals, IHS

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Item 7 - How can Renewable Energy Help Optimize Energy Systems?

David de Jager, Operating Agent of the IEA Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (RETD) Implementing Agreement

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Electricity from Biomass
Brent Boyko, Director of Business Development, Atikokan GS

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Gianluca Sambucini, Senior Economic Affairs Officer

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Questionnaire for the Programme Performance Assessment 2014-2015 online
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Questionnaire for the Programme Performance Assessment 2014-2015 (paper version)