The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) co-organised the 6th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development from 29 September – 2 October in Yerevan, Armenia. More than 250 government officials and experts from 50 countries participated in the forum.
The Forum is one of the important events of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) 2014-2024. Like the 2014 Forum in Hammamet, the Forum emphasized attaining the three objectives of the SE4All Initiative of the UN Secretary-General by 2030: ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. C2E2 arranged the plenary session on Accelerating Energy Efficiency Action and Investment, in which Tim Farrell delivered a presentation on the RISE of International Action on Energy Efficiency.
The Workshop on Status and Best Practices on Energy Efficiency was also sponsored by the Copenhagen Centre. Ms Ksenia Petrichenko from C2E2 launched the report Accelerating Energy Efficiency: Initiatives and Opportunities – Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
‘The report maps energy efficiency developments in ten transition economies and identifies countries, which can be targeted for accelerating energy efficiency actions. The report successfully ranks countries across five key indicators including National Efforts, Power and heat, industry, buildings and transportation’, said Ms Petrichenko.
The workshop also engaged participants on a recent joint C2E2 and UNECE publication entitled Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency. Examples of best practice policies for households, transport and industry were discussed and participants were encouraged to share their best practice policies.
In the evaluation of the workshop all participants agreed that the workshop was useful for countries wanting to accelerate energy efficiency. During the workshop participants indicated a strong demand for more guidance material on how to implement best practice energy efficiency measures.
The Forum was organized in collaboration with Government of Armenia, United Nations Regional Commissions (UN RCs), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Armenia, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2), Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), and Habitat for Humanity International.