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Energy Efficiency




Matters related to energy efficiency are among the priority areas of work of the Committee on Sustainable Energy, and are addressed by one of its subsidiary bodies – the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency.



The cleanest, and arguably most affordable source of energy is the one that has not been used. The Group of Experts works to help achieve significant improvements in energy efficiency, energy resource of its own right that would limit growth or even reduce energy consumption, thus help improve access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint of the energy sector.

Broader and expeditious deployment of energy efficiency measures across buildings, industry, transport, and other sectors serves maintaining and increasing resilience of energy systems in a cost-effective manner, improves their durability and flexibility, reduces system's redundancy, and strengthens ability to absorb shocks and recover.
Stakeholders need to rethink energy efficiency, as well as the resource use optimization that it offers, among other by taking advantage of applicable digital solutions. As part of such perception change, energy efficiency must be fundamentally embedded and prioritized in energy policies and development strategies - to achieve higher systemic efficiencies and ensure overall net benefits to the energy system and its actors throughout the value chain.

The Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency holds its annual sessions and serves as a platform for inclusive expert dialogue to explore possibilities and solutions, including digital solutions, to improve systemic efficiency, optimize resources use, and reduce associated carbon footprint. The Group of Experts focuses on regulatory and policy dialogue addressing financial, technical and policy barriers, and on sharing best practices, including strengthening institutional capacity, and carries out concrete and results-oriented activities with the aim to strengthen regional cooperation and cross-sectoral action on energy efficiency.
In the intersessional period, the Group of Experts implements concrete and result-oriented activities, including, but not limited to hosting thematic events and undertaking research and analysis. The Group of Experts also oversees and manages activities of its three thematic Task Forces:

Task Force on Industrial Energy Efficiency

  • capacity-building activities aiding increased collaboration between policymakers and the industrial sector and exchange of experience and information sharing on barriers, drivers, and options for improving energy efficiency and energy productivity in industry;
  • research addressing evolving priorities, challenges, and opportunities in advancing industrial energy efficiency;
  • identification of best practices in increasing energy efficiency in key industries, and development of policy actions to foster implementation of energy efficiency measures and progress towards carbon neutrality in industry.

Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings
coordinated by the Committees on Sustainable Energy Division and on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management

  • maintenance and update of Framework Guidelines on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings;
  • management of ECE High-Performance Buildings Initiative, including a network of Centres of Excellence that undertake research, provide implementation-oriented advanced education and assistance, and aim to deploy the Framework Guidelines;
  • workshops and train-the-trainer seminars on high-performance buildings and energy efficiency standards, in line with the Framework Guidelines.

Task Force on Digitalization in Energy

  • monitoring of new and emerging trends in the digitalization in energy domain, that enable advances in connectivity, data, analytics, optimization of the overall energy infrastructure, and can greatly increase overall efficiency of the energy system;
  • in-depth research and comprehensive assessment of opportunities and challenges that digitalization presents to the energy system, including notably the socio-economic context, to provide a clear, concise and balanced view to policymakers and other stakeholders;
  • workshops, information sharing sessions, roundtables for policymakers on relevant topics, to bridge the gap between academic research, industrial innovations, and policy needs;
  • serving as an umbrella for the subsidiary bodies of the Committee on Sustainable Energy to conduct relevant research and assess sectoral opportunities and challenges.

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Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency for 2022-2023





Quick access to previous sessions of the Group of Experts

Ninth session: 3-4 October 2022
Eighth session: 20-21 September 2021
Seventh session: 22-23 September 2020
Sixth session: 07-08 October 2019
Fifth session: 13-15 November 2018
Fourth session: 31 October - 01 November 2017
Third session: 18-19 October 2016
Second session: 05-06 November 2015
First session: 17-18 November 2014

In focus

In response to the request from Kazakhstan and Ukraine, UNECE has developed a study on the Potential for Improving Industrial Energy Efficiency in Kazakhstan and Ukraine. The study presents an analysis of publicly available data on energy consumption and energy sources associated with the industrial sector, up until December 2021, and makes an important case for addressing industrial sector energy efficiency and presents priority actions that the countries can take.

Recent Events

25 November

10:00-12:00 (Yerevan time) Holiday Inn Hotel, 2 Amiryan Street, "Yerevan" Hall, Yerevan Armenia

14 - 16 November

Almaty Kazakh-British Technical University Kazakhstan

03 - 04 October

Room XXII, Building E, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland

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