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Sustainable Energy



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


16th Session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane

Sixteenth Annual Session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane will be held on 3-4 March 2021 in Geneva and online.

Workshop on “Energy Transition with special focus on the coal sector” will be held on 5 March 2021 in Geneva and online.

Balkan Green Energy News interview with Branko Milicevic, UNECE Sustainable Energy Division (22 December 2020)
Green hydrogen not profitable yet, but major investments may spur technology development

Policy Brief on Accelerating achievement of SDG7 in the time of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic represents the biggest shock to the global energy system in decades. It is threatening to undermine the momentum of the clean energy transformation and universal energy access. We cannot let that happen. Energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency investments need to be at the centre of the economic recovery packages, ensuring sustainability, energy security and a just and inclusive energy transition, to leave no one behind. This was a key message of the policy brief prepared for the High-Level Political Forum 2020 by the SDG7 Technical Advisory Group. The chapter on Achieving Access to Clean and Affordable Energy in the UNECE Region is on pages 94-100.



Hydrogen in Europe: Russia’s friend or foe? Водород в Европе: друг или враг России?
29 October 2020 – Hydrogen is a bridge to achieving carbon neutrality. It is not zero-carbon today, but should be in the future. To achieve that, good planning is key. Some member States have already developed a hydrogen strategy, some are working on it. Who does what on hydrogen and how UNECE could help the member States coordinate their efforts is in the presentation that was given on 29 October 2020 at the online conference: “Development of renewable energy sources in the European Union and the assessment of their effectiveness”, organized by the Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University R.E. Alekseeva.

Sustainable Energy Subprogramme Quarterly Report 4th Quarter 2019 (October-December 2019)

UNFC-related papers presented at SPE ATCE-2019

How can we achieve energy for sustainable development?
LinkedIn article by Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy at UNECE, 21 February 2019  Read more articles

Applying UNFC to Solar Energy - An Introduction
This video provides a short introduction to the application of UNFC to solar energy and the benefits it will bring in particular to investors in energy projects.