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Renewable Energy

Introduction

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The Group of Experts on Renewable Energy was established to carry out action-oriented, practical activities on renewable energy. The Group of Experts on Renewable Energy focuses on activities that help significantly increase the uptake of renewable energy in the region and that help achieve the objective of access to energy for all in the UNECE region. The Group of Experts facilitates regulatory and policy dialogue and sharing of best practices on various renewable energy sources, including biomass, with a view to increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

GERE in a nutshell

Overview of Activities

Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy for 2022-2023

In focus

The REN21 UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report 2022: renewables and energy efficiency offer an opportunity for a secure and sovereign energy supply in the region.

Released on 14 September, the UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report 2022 was prepared jointly by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). It provides the latest update on the status of renewables and energy efficiency in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.  

The region has seen an unprecedented growth in renewable electricity since 2018. The transport and heating and cooling sectors have not seen such increases. Public and private investment in renewables across the focus countries remains modest compared to global growth trends. Countries of the region need significant investment in renewables.

Between 2017 and 2021, 17 countries of South-East and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, plus Kosovo, saw an unprecedented growth in renewable power capacity. Over this period, they cumulatively added 21 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, for a total installed renewable power capacity of 106 GW. For the first time, this growth was driven mainly by solar photovoltaic (PV) (58%) and wind power (25%) additions. The region’s wind power capacity grew by more than a factor of 7 and solar PV capacity by more than a factor of 10 between 2017 and 2021.

The report highlights how renewables and energy efficiency offer an opportunity for a secure and sovereign energy supply in the region, which continues to depend heavily on fossil fuel sources and relies on a limited number of energy exporters. Breakthrough growth in renewables in South-East and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia must be accelerated to end fossil dependency and boost energy security.

The REN21 UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report 2022 is available HERE.

The report was launched on 14 September 2022

Development of large-scale renewable energy sources and its impact on the electricity market and network infrastructure in beneficiary countries Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan and Republic of Uzbekistan
UNECE is committed to supporting nations in ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy sources for all. Transforming energy systems by integrating various traditional and renewable energy sources in a wide range of capacities is key.
Many beneficiary countries operate on low carbon energy sources, and all have signed and ratified the Paris Climate Agreement. Despite the good progress made, the diversification of sustainable energy sources has not yet been achieved. More urgency is needed to deploy renewable energy technologies and invest in future sustainable energy systems.
The main priorities for renewable energy in the region are: mitigating the effects of climate change, energy security, creating development incentives for the local economy, and diversifying energy sources. Survey respondents identified the upgrade and modernization of the energy distribution networks as a main enabler of large-scale implementation and integration of renewable energy sources over the short, medium and long term. Limited capacity and access to resources were identified as the main barrier.
The results of the report will be used in the development of specific recommendations to National Sustainable Energy Action Plans. These documents support the implementation of the project on ‘Enhancing cross-border energy cooperation through the introduction of wind and solar energy in the energy systems of the CIS countries to achieve SDG7’.

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Highlights

 

Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments for Climate Change Mitigation - FINAL REPORT  -  The purpose of this final report is to review the implementation of the project Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments for Climate Change Mitigation (FEEI) and to evaluate the extent to which the main project objectives were achieved. (7 November 2018)

UNECE Sustainable Energy Division implemented Menu of Efficient and Economic Technologies and Policies to Promote Them in the ECE Region is here proposed as a working document  for a framework to exchange best practices in policies in order to accelerate renewable energy uptake in the region. It is the basis for a practical tool for collection, classification, exchange and use of information on concrete cases.

UNECE Sustainable Energy Division implemented a field project "Application of biogas technology model for rural areas in Kyrgyzstan:  Objective: To introduce a cost-effective green technology biogas mode in the rural area of Kyrgyzstan. (October 2018)

UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report: Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the UNECE have joined together to produce the UNECE Regional Renewable Energy Status Report 2015ToR of the UNECE Status Report.

Recent Events

05 - 06 October

Palais des Nations (5 October and 6 October AM in TEMPUS 2; 6 October PM in TEMPUS 3) and Online Geneva Switzerland

23 September

TEMPUS 3, as segment of Energy Week, 22-25 September, Palais des Nations, Geneva and Online Switzerland

07 - 08 October

Bangkok Thailand