The overall objective of the Cleaner Energy Development (CED) programme is in line with the UN Environment Climate Change Strategy, i.e. sound policy, technology, and investment choices leading to GHG reduction and related co-benefits, focusing on cleaner and, where possible, renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and energy conservation. We support this strategy by conducting research, methodology development, capacity building and technical assistance at regional, national and sub-national levels in developing countries.

The CED programme has a specific focus on developing science-based methodologies and tools to facilitate countries’ prioritization and planning for low carbon technology policies and investments. These efforts are combined with capacity building and close collaboration with partner institutions in developing countries. The activities of the CED programme thus complement and create the basis for countries’ technology prioritization included in NAMAs, LCDSs and NDCs supported by the LCD Programme.

Our work is a combination of applied research and international research-based consultancy, as well as a component of education. The latter focuses on PhD programmes and support/supervision of selected master’s student projects, as well as professional training courses. The CED programme pursues a work plan divided into two broad thematic areas:

Strengthening the diffusion and uptake of environmentally sound technologies

UN Environment is increasingly focusing attention on the role of environmentally sound technologies, not only related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and in supporting the establishment of conditions conducive to the transfer and diffusion of technologies across and within national borders. Our current and future project work related to enabling frameworks and analytical work undertaken within the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) project supports and strengthens UN Environment's ongoing activities on environmentally sound technologies. The CED group is thus a leading hub of expertise on understanding the processes related to technology innovation, transfer and diffusion, and supporting the development of enabling environments for such processes in partner countries.

Mobilising low-emission transport for achieving SDGs

Transport, with its consequent impacts on energy use and the environment, is an essential component of economic and societal development. Cities in the developing world are facing serious problems of congestion, air pollution and increasing GHG emissions. The CED programme aims to address these problems in collaboration with researchers and institutions in the target countries of the South, with the ultimate aim of developing implementable plans for sustainable transport systems. To this end, the CED programme is engaged with national governments and municipalities in selected Asian countries, working towards low-carbon sustainable transport systems, based on knowledge, information and analysis on benefits and local potential. Building on this base, the programme is developing similar projects in Latin America and Africa.






18 APRIL 2019