Why energy matters?

Energy is at the heart of most critical economic, environmental and development issues facing the world today. Clean, efficient, affordable and reliable energy services are indispensable for global prosperity and can also lead to a sustainable future for all with multiple co-benefits for development, human health, environment and climate change.

The decisions we take today on how we produce, consume, and distribute energy will profoundly influence our ability to eradicate poverty, support sustainable development opportunities and respond effectively to climate change. Addressing these challenges is beyond the sole reach of governments, it will take the active engagement of all sectors of society including local communities, civil society and the private sector.

What we do

Our Mission

The Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch supports developing countries to improve energy efficiency and increase use of renewable energy as part of their effort to achieve low-carbon and climate resilient development pathways. It does so by providing guidance on sound policy, technology and investment choices and thereby assists countries to reduce emissions and drive sustainable development. With its team of experts and a network of partners, it supports the deployment and scaling up of cutting-edge clean energy technologies, and removal of financial and other barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Our Services

We support countries through the combination of four areas of focused intervention:

  • Improving understanding of science
  • Providing sound policy advice for strengthening policy and institutional framework policies
  • Catalizing public and private finance for clean energy
  • Stimulating the uptake of low GHG and climate friendly technologies

How we work

Working together with Collaborating Centres

UNEP DTU Partnership 

UNEP DTU Partnership is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. It has been a long standing partner of UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) and it is an active participant in both the planning and implementation of UNEP’s Climate Change Strategy and Energy Programme.

UNEP DTU Partnership comprises two Centres: Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency. It is located at the UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark and is organisationally a part of the Department of Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark."

The Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre (UNEP FS)

With more than 20 international energy finance experts, UNEP FS serves as the hub for climate and sustainable energy finance. The Centre combines in-depth knowledge of financing markets, particularly in developing countries, with extensive skills for the design of appropriate financial mechanisms and contractual arrangements for financiers under local conditions.

Global Efficient Lighting Centre (GELC)

UNEP and the National Lighting Test Centre of China launched GELC in 2012. GELC assists developing and emerging countries in the establishment or strengthening of national and regional lighting testing laboratories. Projects undertaken by GELC include lamp quality testing conducted with countries participating in UNEP's en.lighten initiative.

Delivering Results

Our projects and initiatives form a connected, strategic approach aimed at strengthening the ability of countries to move towards climate-resilient and low emission pathways.

Our projects are designed to:

  • develop climate technology partnerships and multi- stakeholder networks that stimulate encourage development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies,
  • provide technical support to countries and partners that allows them to plan and implement sectoral initiatives and to make renewable energy and energy efficient solutions affordable and replicable, and
  • develop tools and approaches that support development of mitigation plans, policies, measures, and low emissions development strategies.

Supporting Global Initiatives

We contribute to key UN Processes such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change negotiations conducted under the UNFCCC and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

UNEP is supporting SE4All both at the political and technical levels. The UNEP Executive Director UNEP is a member of the SE4ALL Advisory Board.

UNEP has committed to co-lead or partner in the following SE4All High Impact Opportunities:

  • Efficient lighting (co-lead), with its en.lighten programme
  • Vehicle fuel efficiency (co-lead), with its Global Fuel Economy Initiative
  • Sustainable Energy Investment (co-lead), with its Renewable Energy Performance Platform
  • Energy Efficiency in Buildings (partner), with its SBCI and the UNEP Finance Initiative
  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus (partner), with integrated assessments
  • Energy/Women/Health (partner), with work under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

Donors and Partners

UNEP's Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch works with a wide range of committed donors and partners. To deliver our results, we work in close collaboration with national governments, foundations, UN agencies, international financial institutions, civil society organizations, academic entities and the private sector. The resources contributed to achieve our results make all the difference.

For questions and comments regarding partnerships, or if you are seeking a way to contribute please contact: Kornelia.Guse@unep.org