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
The Energy 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.
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
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 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