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Historically, extractive industries have also been a major driver of economic growth, particularly for now-advanced economies that benefitted during and after the Industrial Revolution. Currently, mineral resource extraction plays a dominant role in the economies of 81 countries that account for a quarter of global GDP, half of the world’s population and nearly 70 per cent of those living in
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
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.
Removing Barriers to the Use of Natural Gas as Maritime Transportation FuelENERGY SERIES No. 54This report on Removing Barriers to the Use of Natural Gas as Maritime Transportation Fuel is another step in ourexploration of the catalytic role of natural gas in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals, and in
Best Practice Policy Guidance for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)Case Study: Small Scale LNG – Truck LoadingENERGY SERIES No. 50The transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) via truck loading is a fast growing vector of natural gas delivery and the main alternative to supply via pipelines. According to 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
The Role of Gas in Sustainable Energy (Booklet - December 2015)Liquefied natural gas (LNG) – towards global gas marketsRecent market developments point to a fundamental change in the role of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the global energy landscape. The use of LNG to transport natural gas is poised to grow dramatically
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,
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NATURAL GAS FOR VEHICLES (NGV)June 2012IGU WORKING COMMITTEE 5 – UTILISATION of GASSTUDY GROUP 5.3 – NATURAL GAS VEHICLES (NGV)andUN ECE WORKING PARTY ON GASJOINT REPORT
UNECE WPG STUDYUNECE Study on Underground Gas Storage in Europe and Central Asiain close cooperation with INTERNATIONAL GAS UNIONReviews the main trends in the underground gas storage in the UNECE regionContributes to increased visibility of future capacity and investment needsDiscusses regulatory, cost and operational