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Publications

Nordic Council of Ministers (norden)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
New Climate Economy (NCE), The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Best Practices

Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

According to the International Energy Agency, world energy consumption is expected to grow by one-third to 2040, primarily in non-OECD countries such as China and India (IEA, 2015). Growing populations and rising incomes will place added pressure on the current energy system.

With fossil fuels still dominating the global energy mix, communities, businesses, and national governments are confronted by the energy tri-lemma: assuring energy security, combating climate change by reducing emissions, and addressing energy poverty (World Energy Council, 2016). To help address this, the Clean Energy Solutions Center provides no-cost expert assistance on clean energy policy to representatives of government agencies and to technical institutes supporting them.

Relevance to SDGs

In line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, there is a global movement to address these challenges by substantially increasing investment in renewable energy technologies and implementation, doubling the rate of improvement to energy efficiency, and changing user behaviours, with the aim to achieve absolute decoupling between energy consumption and economic growth.

Explore green growth resources related to SDG 7:

SDG 7.2
Renewable Energy
   SDG 7.3
Energy Efficiency
   SDG 7.a
      Energy R&D      

Projects

Learning Products

Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP)
Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Insights

With a deal ratified from the recent Paris Climate Conference, attention now turns to the difficult task of actually achieving national emissions reduction targets.

For a long time, the international community has talked about the benefits that can be created by removing wasteful fossil-fuel subsidies and freeing up expenditure for more worthwhile things—but little analysis has looked at how this works out in practice.

The European Commission research programs in partnership with Udayana University and the Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund recently conducted an international workshop in Bali to discuss a wide range of issues related to bioenergy.