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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. Read more >

In focus

Pathways to Sustainable Energy – Accelerating Energy Transition in the UNECE Region

In 2016 UNECE member States conceived a project to help countries to develop, implement and track national sustainable energy policies to mitigate climate change and contribute to the sustainable development. This report is a result of the four-year multi-stakeholder dialogue and extensive modelling exercise for the UNECE region. 

This report uniquely focuses on sustainable energy in the UNECE region up to 2050 as regional economic cooperation is an important factor in achieving sustainable energy. Arriving at a state of attaining sustainable energy is a complex social, political, economic and technological challenge. The UNECE countries have not agreed on how collectively they will achieve energy for sustainable development. Given the role of the UNECE to promote economic cooperation it is important to explore the implications of different sustainable energy pathways and for countries to work together on developing and deploying policies and measures.

Full report:       English, Russian
Project leaflet:  English, Russian


The UNECE implemented the project on the “Role of Natural Gas in Attaining Sustainable Energy in the UNECE Region”

The objective of the project was to improve the understanding of the UNECE member States on the role of natural gas in achieving 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement.

The project complemented the UNECE flagship project Pathways to Sustainable Energy and explored the strategic options with respect to natural gas for closing the gaps between the current circumstances and both the commitments the countries have made and what is truly needed to meet long-term sustainability objectives.

A series of studies analysed:
How Natural Gas Can Displace Competing Fuels
How Natural Gas can Support the Uptake of Renewable Energy
The Potential of Natural Gas to Penetrate New Markets


14 to 15 May 2019
Salle S4, Palais des Nations, Geneva

15 November 2018
Congress and Exhibition Centre "Parkovy", 16a Park Road, Kyiv, Ukraine