Renewable energies in the UNECE region

The dena study ‘Status and perspectives for renewable energy development in the UNECE region’ analyses the renewable energy markets in the UNECE region and provides practical recommendations for the implementation of policies for the promotion of renewable energy sources. The study is carried out as part of the 2021 UNECE RE-Uptake project, which is jointly undertaken by dena, REN21, the UNECE and in close cooperation with and commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).


The challenge:

The member states of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are not only different in terms of their language, culture and geographical location, but also in regard to their energy systems. While some countries have already achieved very high shares of renewable energy sources in the electricity and heating market, others are still lagging behind. We therefore see great potential in sharing this know-how on a transnational scale.


What we are doing:

The study ‘Status and perspectives for renewable energies in the UNECE region’ provides a comprehensive analysis of the energy markets and support mechanisms for renewable energies in the UNECE member states along with a summary of successful policy approaches for the expansion of renewable energies undertaken in close cooperation with regional energy experts and actors from politics, business and international organisations. The analysis provides decision-makers in the UNECE region with access to information about common obstacles to and effective measures and instruments for the energy policy implementation. The first dena UNECE study was published in 2015. The 2021 study will be updated to reflect interim progress and developments in the region.

The overall outcome:

The study informs the UNECE member states about the structures and developments of the regional markets and support mechanisms for renewable energy sources. Decision-makers can thus learn about the instruments and measures that have been successfully implemented. The dena study therefore contributes to removing the obstacles and speeding up the energy transition in the UNECE region.

2021 UNECE Hard Talks

In the course of the study, so-called ‘Hard Talks’ with selected UNECE member states will take place as part of the UNECE RE-Uptake project in 2021: Albania, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Serbia.
The ‘Hard Talk’ is a discussion format on the current issues concerning renewable energy sources with actors from the participating UNECE member states, which is organised by the UNECE secretariat and partner organisations.
These Hard Talks are aimed at identifying the best measures for promoting renewable energy sources. The results of the Hard Talks will be incorporated into the study ‘Status and perspectives for the development of renewable energies in the UNECE region’.


Hard Talk with Albania

The first of the four UNECE Hard Talks was dedicated to Albania and took place on 6 and 7 July in the form of an online event. It focused on the grid integration of renewable energies, accompanying energy policies and funding. The outcome of the Hard Talk will help Albania to further advance the use of renewable energies and implement the relevant policies for an attractive, target-oriented market.

Hard Talk with Serbia, October 2021

Hard Talk with Georgia, October 2021

Hard Talk with Kazakhstan, November 2021

Additional information on the 2021 and past Hard Talks, including concept, agenda and Hard Talk outcomes, can be found here.

If you would like to find out more about the UNECE RE-Uptake project, the dena study or the Hard Talks, or if you would like to participate in them, please get in touch with dena’s experts.

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