International Energy Efficiency Forum

28-30 September 2010, Astana, Kazakhstan

The International Energy Efficiency Forum will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan on 28-30 September 2010. The Forum will be held in parallel to the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development for Asia and the Pacific and is organized jointly by the Government of Kazakhstan, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Forum will combine an assessment of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) policy and legislative frameworks with the analysis of international best practices in EE and RE. Status and potential of EE and RE in various economic sectors (industry, fuel and energy, housing and communal services, public buildings, construction, transport, etc.) will also be reviewed. Emphasis will be given to energy efficiency in the residential and municipal sector, as one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions with large potential for improvements in energy efficiency. The main focus of the Forum will be on ways and means of financing EE and RE investments.

The geographical focus of the Forum will be on countries of Central Asia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). However, the Forum will have a global outreach as it will offer opportunities to share experiences in overcoming barriers to energy efficiency from other regions of the world. For instance, a number of countries from South-Eastern Europe participating in the UNECE Financing Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation (FEEI) Project will be represented. Also, case studies from the European Union Countries on energy efficient buildings and passive housing will be discussed.   In the framework of the UNECE Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21) project, representatives from the countries of other UN Regional Commissions (Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)) are expected to participate.

The plenary sessions will feature presentations of high-level officials from Governments of the countries of the UNECE and ESCAP regions, representatives of UN and other intergovernmental organizations, financial institutions, business sector and energy efficiency experts. The second day of the Forum will consist of two parallel workshops.

The Workshop on Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects will focus on policy reforms to promote investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and on potential for such investments with specific examples of project proposals. In addition to participants of the FEEI and GEE21 projects, experts from the countries of the UNECE Project ‘Development of the Renewable Energy Sector in the CIS’ will make presentations. Part of the Workshop (continued on 30 September) will be dedicated to the ESCAP Project ‘Supporting the implementation of the Baku initiative on energy efficiency and conservation for sustainable and inclusive development’ for countries of the UN Special Programme for Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).

The Green Buildings Workshop is jointly organized by the UNDP Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF) and UNEP’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI). The workshop targets experts, policy-makers, international and private-sector stakeholders from across the Asia-Pacific and CIS/Central and Eastern European countries. It will share knowledge and best practices by focusing on policies, technologies and know-how for the building sector specifically highlighting the significant benefits that buildings offer with regard to energy efficiency, climate change mitigation, and green growth. It will also provide a review of cost-effective policies, base-lines for selected countries and the support provided by the various programmes of UNEP-SBCI, UNDP-GEF, UNECE and ESCAP.  The workshop will provide specific, hands-on examples of Building Energy Efficiency projects from within the region and beyond and generate specific recommendations for policy makers on how to capture the significant environmental and economic benefits provided by buildings.

More information on the Forum, including the provisional agenda, will be available at the websites:

www.unece.org/energy

www.unescap.org/esd/energy/efficiency

www.unep.org/sbci

www.feei.info