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The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an ambitious and comprehensive framework that opens new perspectives for policymaking and international cooperation. Its integrated character highlights the linkages and complementarities that exist between different goals and targets. UNECE is supporting countries to address these key sustainable development challenges through
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an abrupt, even if temporary, halt to some of these trends, and underscored systemic vulnerabilities in health, economic, social and other systems, including those related to energy and industry. Failure to transition quickly to more sustainable systems will perpetuate these vulnerabilities, while also jeopardizing the fight against climate change and
The world’s energy sector is undergoing a profound transition. This transition is driven by the need to expand access to clean energy in support of socio-economic development, especially in emerging economies, while at the same time limiting the impacts of climate change, pollution and other unfolding global environmental crises. Fundamentally this transition requires a shift from the use of
The multifaceted requirements of sustainable development are primarily dependent on the optimal and responsible use of natural resources.  A new paradigm of optimising resource efficiency and progressing towards a circular economy is required to realise the need for balanced development of natural resources. The United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) is being designed as a unifying
The Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Recovery and Use from Abandoned Coal Mines (BPG on AMM) is aimed at raising awareness of AMM opportunities and hazards by providing accessible high-level guidance for senior corporate,
ECE Energy Series 58: Application of UNFC Case Studies 2019 (ECE ENERGY SERIES No. 58) (2019)This publication provides a series of case studies on various resource projects, including niobium, oil & gas, rare earth elements, thorium and uranium, from different countries. The case studies serve to
Guidelines for Application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to Uranium and Thorium Resources (ECE ENERGY SERIES No. 55) (December 2017)This publication provides non-mandatory guidance for the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to uranium and thorium resources.
The UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) has released the second edition of the Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines. Since the first edition was published in 2010, the industry practice and regulations have evolved, and this second edition captures the most critical developments. The second
From the beginning of the twenty first century economic, social, and political forces have been threatening the historical dominance of coal for power generation. In this context, the UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) presents you with a new paper titled The Challenges of the
Application of UNFC  to Nuclear Fuel Resources - Selected Case Studies (ECE ENERGY SERIES No. 46) (December 2015)This publication includes eight case studies that demonstrate the classification of uranium or thorium resources at different scales, with examples in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Malawi, Niger and
Methane Management – An Economic Opportunity for Mitigation (Booklet - December 2015)Proper management of methane from source to use in extractive industries will be an effective means of reducing emissions of an intensive greenhouse gas and short lived climate pollutant. Methane is the second most important greenhouse
United Nations Framework Classification – Sustainable Management of National Endowments (Booklet - December 2015)Ensuring reliable and affordable supplies of energy to support sustainable development is a challenge. Achieving this goal in an environmentally responsible manner is an even greater challenge. Strong,
Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal MinesISBN 13: 9789211170184Sales Number: 10.II.E.28.25x11.5Binding: PaperbackSeries: ECE Energy Series, No. 31The Publisher: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe Coal mines are not only a safety management challenge but also a major source
This publication represents the final report of the UNFC Mapping Task Force, however it should be seen as an interim step in an on-going process. The Mapping Task Force reached several key conclusions and made some specific recommendations for due consideration by the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Harmonization of Fossil Energy and Mineral Resources Terminology, which are outlined in this