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Energy Efficiency

Introduction

The Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency was established to carry out results-oriented activities that help significantly improve energy efficiency in the region, contributing to climate change mitigation efforts; and strengthen regional cooperation, with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Group focuses on regulatory and policy dialogue addressing financial, technical and policy barriers, and on sharing best practices, including strengthening institutional capacity in the field of energy efficiency.

Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency for:

2020-2021     2018-2019     2016-2017     2014-2015 

In focus

UNECE is an implementing partner in the UN Development Account project “Global Initiative towards post-Covid-19 resurgence of the MSME sector” led by UNCTAD and UN ESCWA. The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the capacity and resilience of micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in developing countries and economies in transition to mitigate the economic and social impact of the global COVID-19 crisis.

In the framework of the project, the Sustainable Energy Division focuses on developing Guidelines and best practices for MSME to assure resiliency and progress towards a circular economy in sustainable resource management and critical raw material supply chain solutions and Guidelines and best practices for MSME in delivering energy-efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment. The reports will be used to develop an online training course and customize their findings for several pilot countries in the UNECE region.

The study Guidelines and Best Practices for MSMEs in delivering energy efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment  (version as of August 2020) and also available in Russian contains an analysis of the environment the clean energy MSME face as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. It presents examples of best practices in the energy efficiency sector and in the area of renewable energy relevant to a response of MSME to COVID-19 and post-crisis recovery; it provides guidelines to MSME on access to financing, markets and advanced technologies, and recommendations to Governments for developing policy guidelines and establishing financial incentives schemes.