The Eleventh International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development organized by UNECE aims to bring together professionals from its member states to tackle the issue of access to affordable and clean energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. The Forum acknowledges the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for resolutions, but it also calls for focus on the need for a more sustainable environment. Therefore, the UNECE Forum will look into topics such as fossil fuels, achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, enhancing integration of the energy markets and the transition to a sustainable energy system.
This year, the UNECE Forum will be organized in a hybrid form with the majority of the events held online, through numerous workshops on sustainable energy and its role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals, mainly SDG 7. The UNECE Forum will be attended by international energy experts, government officials, and representatives from academia, businesses, and civil society.
We are happy to announce that also the second REELIH regional conference is featured among the events under the scope of the Forum.
The UNECE Forum will start with its first session – the Eight session of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency – already on September 20, 2021.
The group of experts will discuss the possibilities to improve energy efficiency in industry and buildings through the process and use of digitalization. Furthermore, the existing regulatory and policy barriers which disable the improvement of energy efficiency will be discussed.
The session is especially significant for the REELIH project as Andrew Popelka, a representative of the USAID, will contribute to the discussion with a short presentation about our in-depth comparative study Gap Analysis of the Housing Sector In Western Balkan Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Serbia VS. Slovak Republic. The study analyses the gaps in the housing sector in the Western Balkans from different perspectives, including housing legal and regulatory structures, energy efficiency of residential building stock, and finance.
As a matter of fact, the Gap analysis highlighted the REELIH project and the impact it has in the implementing countries – mainly by establishing new mechanisms that help people to find consensus and get capital for the renovation of multi-apartment buildings. To learn more about the analysis, see the full report here.
We invite everyone to join all the interesting sessions of the upcoming UNECE Forum that will start off with a discussion including also our contribution.
Read the Gap analysis here.
Find more information about the UNECE 11th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development here.