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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

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This year’s Sustainable Energy Week features the  30th Jubilee session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy  (CSE-30) on 22-24 September and the 8th session of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE-8) on 20-21 September. The week will focus on concrete actions to attain energy for sustainable development.

Given the importance of 2021 for the energy agenda and the growing political relevance of the work of the UNECE sustainable energy subprogramme, and recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Committee, please join us in Geneva or online for a discussion on delivering concrete, near-term outcomes and, longer-term, achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement.  

The overview of the Week is available here

To attend CSE-30, register here
To attend GEEE-8, register here

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This year’s Sustainable Energy Expert Week (5 – 8 October 2021) is taking actions on recommendations from the 30th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy that will be held on 22-24 September 2021.

The Sustainable Energy Expert Week is jointly organised by the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy  and the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems  and is supported by the Group of Experts on Gas, the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency, the Expert Group on Resource Management and the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane.

The Sustainable Energy Expert Week will feature a series of sessions on:

• Increasing the renewable energy uptake 
• Integrating the renewable energy into energy system  
• Financing decarbonisation of energy system 
• Improving understanding about hydrogen potential
• Attaining carbon neutrality
• Digitalizing energy system 
• Circular economy and material supply chains
• Managing methane emissions 

Register here and join us in Geneva or online for a discussion on delivering concrete, near-term outcomes in achieving the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. 

Renewable Energy 
The 8th session of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy will be held from 5-6 October.

Cleaner Electricity Systems
The 17th session of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems will be held from 6-8 October.

International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development
11th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development 

C2GTalk

How is the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) working with countries to attain Carbon Neutrality in the ECE Region?

Many countries in the ECE region are embracing carbon neutrality recognized as the first milestone towards sustainable energy, with leaders like Canada, Denmark, France, and the United Kingdom, said Olga Algayerova during a C2GTalk interview with Janos Pasztor, Executive Director. Executive Secretary calls for countries to recommit to the future, “We are really running out of time and urgent action is needed”. Highlighting that UNECE provides a platform for technology-neutral dialogue and are keen to work with C2G to help countries get better informed about new emerging technologies that could play an important role in fighting climate change in the future.

For more information see recent UNECE recent reports CCUS technology brief and Geologic CO2 storage in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia An initial analysis of potential and policy.

Highlights

A Commitment Trifecta outlines the bold action in 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 outlines the three long-term initiatives that UNECE believes are needed to secure the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while mitigating climate change.

Benefits and Challenges for Governments applying UNFC to Renewable Energy
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.
Overview of Benefits and Challenges for Governments applying UNFC to Renewable Energy Projects and Resources (in English, French and Russian)