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Pathways to Sustainable Energy

About Pathways to Sustainable Energy

The UNECE region will play an important role in attaining the international energy and climate objectives that were agreed in 2015, notably the Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the agreement reached at the 21st COP meeting in Paris in 2015, referred to as “Paris Agreement”. Energy underpins most of these goals, and the energy sector plays a critical role in finding solutions for both sustainable development and climate change mitigation.

There is a gap between the ambitious targets set for the future, and the strategies and systems in place today. Adding to the complexities, there is yet no clear view of the starting point in terms of where countries stand with their sustainable energy policies, neither a common definition of “sustainable energy”, and therefore also no agreement on how to achieve these important objectives. This conundrum is particularly relevant for the UNECE region with its highly diverse membership with divergent economic development, resource availability and energy mixes.

There is an important opportunity to explore the implications of different sustainable energy strategies for the region. Initiated by UNECE member States, the Pathways to Sustainable Energy Project seeks to provide answers to these questions.

The project has three components, which consist of

(1) the development of sustainable energy policy and technology options towards 2050 by means of modelling and other tools,

(2) the facilitation of energy expert and policy exchange formats, and

(3) the development of an early-warning system if achievement of sustainable energy objectives is not on track. Read more.

In Focus

Regional Workshop “Development of National Sustainable Energy Policies” 29 September 2017:
Funded by an UNDA-project, UNECE together with ESCAP advises five countries Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan on how to develop sustainable energy action plans. In this context, a workshop is planned on 29 September 2017 in Geneva to provide a platform for countries to discuss their national approaches to sustainable energy policies, and provide feedback and advice through an expert panel discussion. Policies to be developed within the countries will be linked to the modelling of sustainable energy scenarios within the Pathways project. Interested stakeholders are invited to join the debate. Register here.  

Call for Experts

With the assembling of the modeling team in May and the kick-off workshop with the expert community in June this year, UNECE opens a Call for Experts that would be interested to join the project. UNECE seeks to engage a large stakeholder community from public and private sector, academia, civil society, as well as independent energy experts from the UNECE region. A series of events is planned over the project lifetime to discuss modelling in- and outputs policy and technology options available to countries, and the planning of the project itself. If you are interested to contribute to this project with your valuable time, please contact us .