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Energy for sustainable development: the new normal.

The Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development (the Ninth Forum) provides once again the opportunity to reflect on the implications of the fast-paced energy transition that has become the new normal. As technological innovation and decarbonisation pathways cannot do without social innovation and change, the Ninth Forum seeks to discuss lingering and new challenges and agree on ambitious and concrete measures to close the gap between action and ambition. Emphasis will be given to the resilience of energy infrastructure and the nexus arenas in the context of a circular economy.  Circular economy approaches can improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and maintain stability of eco-systems. Cross-sectoral holistic policy making plays a key role in anticipating potential trade-offs and maximize synergies while avoiding negative impacts for livelihoods and the environment. In this context, the Forum will focus on the disruptive drivers that are at play, and how they can be used favorably to shape energy for sustainable development. The event will unite all technology options with regional cooperation, investment and financing aspects.


The intent is to agree on a balanced set of options of what countries could do concretely and effectively and to inform key political processes about our collective insights on energy for sustainable development. The event will consider the solutions proposed during the Energy Ministerial at the outset of the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 11 June 2017, and thus further develop the collective recommendations as a further milestone in the international forum process.


The Forum is jointly organized by the Government of Ukraine and the United Nations Regional Commissions. Partners: IEA, IRENA, IAEA, Energy Charter Secretariat, Energy Community, the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, to be completed.


Topics of plenary sessions and parallel workshops will comprise:

Energy transition and decarbonisation

  • Energy transition to decarbonize societies and green economies
  • Future energy outlook and appropriate indicators
  • Fostering the transition towards a circular economy concept
  • The role of existing and new technologies and innovation to meet the SDGs
  • The role of fossil fuels in a future energy system
  • Water, food and energy nexus and connections with cities and transport
  • National action plans and holistic energy policies
  • Linking energy and climate objectives in national actions
  • Improving country capacity to gather reliable data and information as well as tracking SDGs

Robust systems and infrastructure

  • Energy infrastructure, modernization and resilience
  • The role of existing and new technologies and innovation to meet the SDGs
  • Enhancing market conditions
  • Cost effective and decarbonizing integration of renewable energy into fossil based systems
  • New approaches in the field of circular economy, waste management and industrial innovation
  • Resource classification and management

Matchmaking and investor confidence

  • Overcoming investment barriers in targeted regions: Matchmaking facility
  • Infrastructure finance and investor confidence
  • The need to modernize fossil-based economies holistically
  • Human and institutional capacities for energy policy making and project development/implementation

Hot topics and deep dives

  • Digitalization in the energy sector, the impact of big data
  • Emerging business models and disruptive drivers
  • Going towards a service model in energy
  • Use of Big and geo-spatial data for sustainable energy projects
  • What are the limiting factors to growth?
  • The case for a resource revolution
  • Geopolitical implications of the 2030 Agenda
  • Energy efficiency in buildings
  • Nuclear energy in sustainable energy systems

A site visit of a technical facility will complete the Forum.


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