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UNFC and Sustainable Resource Management

United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) - a universally acceptable and internationally applicable scheme for the sustainable management of all energy and mineral resources.

In Focus

Mexico to test the use of UNFC to manage the social and environmental aspects of petroleum projects

Mexico has initiated a pilot project to apply the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to selected petroleum projects as a prelude to broader adoption of the system nationally. Read more ...

UNFC to help drive smart investments into mineral and energy projects

A two-day International Scientific-Practical Conference on Harmonization of Approaches in the Assessment of Mineral Reserves and Resources, co-organized by UNECE in Moscow, 30-31 May 2018, convened over 250 experts from Europe, Asia and Africa to explore a new global approach to attracting investment in mining and petroleum projects. Read more ...

A phase shift in sustainable resource management

Over 350 experts from 80 countries participated in UNECE’s 2018 Resource Management Week (23–27 April) recommended that an integrated resource management tool be developed. Read more ...


 UNFC now applicable to Bioenergy resources [English]

 Guidance Note to support the UNFC for Resources Specification for Evaluator Qualifications [English]

 Guidance Note on Competent Person Requirements and Options for Resources Reporting [English]

Bridging Document between UNFC and Russian Oil & Gas Classification will greatly enhance coherent assessment of fossil fuel reserves [English, Russian]

UNFC now applicable to:
 - Renewable energy resources [ENG, FRE, RUS]
 - Geothermal energy resources Final Geothermal Specifications
 - Injection Projects for geological storage [ENG, FRE, RUS]

Guidance Note to Support UNFC Definition of a Project [ENGFRERUS]

Managing renewable resources

Specifications for the Application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to Bioenergy Resources was adopted in September 2017.  BP is one of the first companies to test it for a real-world project in Brazil. 


24 April 2018
Salle XVIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

23 to 27 April 2018
including 9th Session, Expert Group on Resource Classification (25-27 April), Room XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva