Energy usage accounts for two thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. Accordingly, energy must be the focal point of any policy that seeks to reduce climate change. Although energy is not explicitly included in the UN Millennium Development Goals, its availability, use, or lack thereof, impacts achievement of all of them. The information below provides background on organizations that are working in the international energy forum and further materials for reference.
Additional resources: (This is by no means a complete list; your additions are very welcome! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Many of the divisions of the UN Secretariat are involved in energy and climate change, in particular the Department of Economic and Social Affairs which houses the UN Division for Sustainable Development and provides secretariat services for the UN Energy mechanism.
As no single entity in the UN system has primary responsibility for energy, UN Energy was established to coordinate the multi-disciplinary response of the UN to the global call to action on climate change; UN Energy also ensures the effective commitment of non-UN stakeholders in implementing energy-related decisions. UN Energy’s goal is to promote a coherent and consistent approach to system-wide collaboration in the area of energy. More information on UN Energy is available on the UN Energy page of the blog.
The 2009 study from the International Energy Agency provides extensive data, projections, and analyses of climate change scenarios. The publication’s foci are energy trends, policy frameworks, natural gas prospects, and energy in Southeast Asia.
The 2010 World Energy Outlook updates projections of energy demand, production trade and investment, fuel by fuel and region by region to 2035. It includes a new scenario that anticipates future actions by governments to meet the commitments they have made to tackle climate change and growing energy insecurity.
This early excerpt from the 2011 World Energy Outlook presents data and projections to the year 2035. The special focus of the excerpt is natural gas, answering the question “Are we entering a golden age of gas?”
The Department of Energy searches for transformative solutions to energy, nuclear, and environmental challenges, through scientific engineering, to restore America’s energy systems. The DOE also focuses on energy security, targeting energy sources that will replace imports.
The EIA is the analytical arm of the US Department of Energy, providing detailed independent statistics and reports on the state of energy in the US, both on the supply and demand side.
The EPA creates regulations and monitors their implementation, disburses grants, and constructs studies designed to protect human health and environment.
EPA’s energy portal provides links to its energy programs and publications. The scope of the EPA’s work on energy includes renewables, efficiency, transportation, and fossil fuels. Also available are links to regulations and standards pertaining to energy use that the EPA has established.
Prepared by Charlotte Ambrozek, Intern