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Sustainable Energy

Introduction

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UNECE’s work on sustainable energy is designed to improve access to affordable and clean energy for all and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector in the region. It promotes international policy dialogue and cooperation among governments, energy industries and other stakeholders.  The focus  is on energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production from fossil fuels, renewable energy, coal mine methane, gas, classification of energy and mineral reserves and resources, and energy security.  Read more

 

In focus

This document “Guidance for the Application of the United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) for Mineral and Anthropogenic Resources in Europe" will assist regional and national authorities to establish and maintain a Project inventory of primary and secondary raw materials Projects in Europe. The inventory will be based on the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources. The inventory will cover Projects that aim at the recovering of mineral raw materials from geological occurrences in the earth crust (geogenic resources) and from extractive industry residues such as tailings, stockpiles, and waste rocks (anthropogenic resources).

Climate Champions' Expanded Compendium of Climate Related Initiatives

Portfolio of high-impact climate action projects in the UNECE region, focused on areas from scaling up renewables deployment to means of energy storage, and from critical raw materials to waste and digitalization, that were identified at the  Forum on Regional cooperation on enhancing sustainable management and financing for the critical raw materials and presented at COP27 on 8 November.

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Towards COP27: UNECE Regional Forum on Climate Initiatives to Finance Climate Action and the SDGs

 

Regional cooperation on enhancing sustainable management and financing for the critical raw materials required for low-carbon transitions

17 October 2022 9:00 - 17:30

Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland

Ahead of COP27, the UN system, leveraging its convening power, network of experts and influencers at regional levels, will partner with the incoming Egyptian Presidency of COP27 and the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions for COP26 and COP27 to organise a series of five regional forums on “Towards COP27: Regional Forums on Climate Initiatives to Finance Climate Action and the SDGs” bringing together key stakeholders from public and private sectors, to catalyse additional private sector investment in climate mitigation and adaptation in line with the SDGs. Participants, including public and private financial institutions and countries, initiatives and organisations preparing projects will work together to identify and address financing bottlenecks, to showcase and learn from success stories of private sector investment and share investment-ready climate initiatives in Member States to spur further investment.

The event will take place in a hybrid format at the Palais des Nations and via Zoom on Monday 17 October 2022 from 9:00 to 17:30 hrs.

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Highlights

“Guidance for the Application of the United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) for Mineral and Anthropogenic Resources in Europe" will assist regional and national authorities to establish and maintain a Project inventory of primary and secondary raw materials Projects in Europe.

Carbon Neutrality Toolkit: Supporting policymakers to make informed decisions towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.

A Commitment Trifecta :Bold action in the three areas that UNECE believes will deliver concrete, near-term outcomes and, longer-term, achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.

A Push to Pivot: Three long-term initiatives UNECE believes are needed to secure the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while mitigating climate change.

Overview of Benefits and Challenges for Governments applying UNFC to Renewable Energy Projects and Resources: A joint study by the Group of  Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE) and EGRM explores potential benefits and challenges in applying UNFC for national resource management (in English, French and Russian).