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Cleaner Electricity Systems

Introduction

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The Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems (formerly known up until May 2019 as the Expert Group on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels) is a subsidiary body of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE) that focuses on activities that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired electricity generation. These activities are developed and implemented with the active participation of UNECE member States, representatives from the energy and financial sectors and civil society, independent experts and academia. Read more

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17th Session of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems
October (10.00) – 8 October (18.00) 2021
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland and Online

This 17th session of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems  will be delivered jointly with 8th session of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy  and will be part of the International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development.

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

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Carbon capture, use and storage is needed urgently to meet carbon neutrality targets, according to UNECE report.

Carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) is essential to unlock the full potential of decarbonization and attain carbon neutrality across UNECE region. Access the technology brief and learn more about CCUS technology here in English or Russian.   

CCUS is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil power generation and industrial processes for storage deep underground or re-use.

UNECE countries need to deploy zero carbon and negative carbon technologies to capture 90Gt of CO2 by 2050 in order to meet Paris Climate Agreement objectives and deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Fossil fuels are likely to continue to play an important role in the short and medium term. Today, roughly 80% of the energy mix in the UNECE region is fossil fuel-based. Many countries across the region benefit from fossil fuel energy. Coal, oil and gas remain vital for their energy security and economic well-being.

Therefore, carbon neutrality will require rapid deployment of carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) technologies to bridge the gap until innovative, next generation low-, zero-, or negative-carbon technologies are commercialized.

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Countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia host significant potential for CO2 storage. Using publicly available data, the analysis by geological experts identifies for the first time storage potential in oil reservoirs in excess of 62,000 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2  in the eastern part of the UNECE region with 56,410 MtCO2 in Russia alone, according to a United Nations study .  

The study was commissioned to support the exploration of alternative decarbonization strategies and to help countries in the UNECE region deploy carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) technology.  

Carbon capture, use and storage describes several processes for capturing CO2 emissions from industrial processes and fossil power generation and either storing it deep underground or re-using it. In its earlier report published a few weeks ago, UNECE  emphasized the urgent need for CCUS to be deployed, calling it “key to achieving carbon neutrality”.  

Read press release in English and Russian

Highlights

Best practices in High Efficiency-Low Emissions (HELE) Coal Power Generation A workshop organised by UNECE, World Coal Association and IEA Clean Coal Centre, Astana, 13 June 2017

UNECE member States adopt recommendations on Carbon Capture and Storage on the road to the Paris Climate Conference: UNECE member States agreed on recommendations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on how Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and CCS for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) should be treated in a Post-Kyoto Protocol Agreement. The agreement was made on 20 November during the annual meeting of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy held in Geneva (19-21 November). The UNECE Executive Secretary has submitted the recommendations to the UNFCCC secretariat for further action. UNECE Press Release of 25 November 2014

Events

8th session of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy
05 - 06 October
Palais des Nations and Online Geneva Switzerland
17th session of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems
06 - 08 October
Palais des Nations, Geneva and Online Switzerland