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Sustainable management and use of fossil fuels important for climate agenda

As fossil fuels remain the key component of the world’s primary energy supply, their responsible and sustainable management and use is critically important, if we are to achieve climate change objectives.

On 27-30 October representatives from the UNECE member States, private sector and academia will gather in Geneva for UNECE’s Energy Week to discuss a wide range of topic ranging from carbon capture and storage and cleaner electricity production in electricity production to best practices in sustainable management of coal mine methane.

On 27 October a Joint Meeting of UNECE and the Coal Subcommittee of the Global Methane Initiative will discuss coal mine methane projects and activities throughout the world.

The tenth session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane will be held on 28 October and will discuss, among other topics, its new work for 2016-17, a new extra-budgetary project on dissemination of good practices in effective methane drainage and use in coal mines and functioning of the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane.

On 29 October the UNECE will partner with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to host a workshop on Best Practices in Production of Electricity from Coal. Focusing on the role of coal in sustainable energy systems, global and regional stakeholders will discuss and debate options for new build and retrofits of existing power plants, and the pathway to carbon, capture, use and storage of CO2 (CCUS).

The eleventh session for the UNECE Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity from Fossil Fuels will be held on 30 October. The annual session will discuss recent efforts on CCUS and power plant efficiency and set the topics for the work plan of the next two years.

Further to the work of these two Groups of Experts, from 17- 20 November, the 24th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy offers the possibility for regional stakeholders to review progress of implementation and the future initiatives across the entire sub-programme on sustainable energy. The focus of the meeting will therefore be on the Committee and its six subsidiary bodies, including the above and on energy efficiency, gas, renewable energy and resource classification and how the work has been contributing to solutions sought by member States in sustainable energy.

For more information please visit: http://www.unece.org/energywelcome/energy-home.html or contact david.elzinga@unece.org or branko.milicevic@unece.org.