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Digitalization in Energy

Digitalization, an emerging trend reshaping the energy sector, paves the way for sustained enhancements in energy efficiency. In this context, policy development will consider the multifaceted aspects of digitalization to ensure a net benefit to the entire energy system and its stakeholders.

UNECE work on Digitalization in Energy is led and coordinated by the Task Force on Digitalization in Energy, established by the Committee on Sustainable Energy in 2020 under the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (ECE/ENERGY/133, para.22(d)).

Serving as an umbrella for the subsidiary bodies of the Committee on Sustainable Energy to conduct relevant research and assess sectoral opportunities and challenges, the Task Force on Digitalization in Energy:

  • Monitors 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;
  • Conducts in-depth research into the potential of integrating digital solutions throughout the entire energy system, based on thorough evaluations of challenges and policy obstacles, including notably the socio-economic context, to provide a clear, concise and balanced view to policymakers and other stakeholders;
  • Organizes workshops, information sharing sessions, roundtables for policymakers on relevant topics, to bridge the gap between academic research, industrial innovations, and policy needs;

The findings of the Task Force hold considerable significance and inform the subject-matter discussions at UNECE level and beyond and serve the development of a comprehensive roadmap for the integration of digitalization across all subsidiary bodies of the Committee on Sustainable Energy.

2020

Digitalization: enabling the new phase of energy efficiency

2021

Improving Efficiency of Buildings through Digitalization

2022

Digitalization: Accelerating the Electricity System Transformation

Addressing Behavioural Barriers to Energy Digitalization

Challenges of big data and analytics-driven demand-side management

2023

Key considerations and solutions to ensure cyber resiliency in smart integrated energy systems

Improving efficiency and reliability of energy systems by means of Big Data analytics

Case Study on "Grid Edge Management Reference Architecture and Policy Recommendations for Interoperability and Resilience"

Case study on “Cyber Resilience of Critical Energy Infrastructure”

The activities of the Task Force on Digitalization in Energy for 2024-2025 are laid down in the Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency for 2024-2025 (Section C “Unlocking the potential of energy system efficiency through digitalization”) and the Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems for 2024-2025 (Section C “Assessing the contribution of digitalization to designing cleaner electricity systems”).

One of the ongoing tracks in 2023-2024, is development of national case studies on digitalization in energy. The case studies will form part of a publication scheduled for 2024.

To propose your case study and respond to this call for inputs, please:

  • Contact the Co-Chairs of the Task Force on Digitalization in Energy, Mr. Andrei Covatariu and Dr Elizabeth Massey, through the Secretariat at: energy.efficiency [at] un.org or litvinyuk [at] un.org; or
  • Use the Contact us form.

 

To join the Task Force and help shape the digitalization in energy agenda, please submit your applications through the Questionnaire.