VIENNA, 25 June 2021 – As part of the preparation towards the High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE), virtual Ministerial Thematic Forums were held from 21 to 25 June 2021, which focused on energy access; energy transition; enabling SDGs through inclusive, just energy transitions; innovation, technology and data; and finance and investment.
As part of the events, reports detailing recommendations for action were officially launched; together, the five reports comprise a global roadmap for achieving affordable and clean energy for all by 2030, on the road to net-zero emissions by 2050. As such, during the ministerial segment, UNIDO Director General LI Yong and his counterparts from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and UN-Habitat launched the Theme Report on Innovation, Technology, and Data. The Theme Report works to align international action; capture the status of energy innovation; propose actionable recommendations with priority results and action areas; and assess the catalytic impacts.
“Energy is a key enabler for many sectors; we still have much to do to achieve the required policy convergence and coordination among the various players The main challenge is to accelerate the pace and scale of the technology development and deployment for us to meet the 2030 and 2050 goals”, said Li. “We are still missing some technologies in areas such as electrification of heat while we have other technologies, such as the ones related to hydrogen use, that still await full demonstration and commercialization”.
Selected key recommendations from the Theme Report include align energy innovation governance and international cooperation with meeting the targets for 2030 and 2050; expand the supply of energy innovation that addresses key gaps; increase the demand for clean and sustainable energy technologies and innovation; leverage digitalization for innovation while addressing the digital divide; and improve the collection, management and application of data and data systems.
All three heads of organizations noted the need for strategic international and local cooperation to drive innovation when addressing key challenges and gaps, which needs to be complimented by strengthening capacity, knowledge and skills for energy innovation. They also highlighted the need for inclusive measures that both create opportunities and consider the needs of women, youth and vulnerable groups.
In September 2021, the HLDE will be convened during the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly to accelerate action on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (clean and affordable energy for all). Held just ahead of the pivotal COP26 climate conference, the Dialogue represents the first global gathering on energy under the auspices of the General Assembly since the UN Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy held in Nairobi in 1981.
To access the executive summary and the full report, please access the following links:
Executive Summary: 2021-twg_4-exesummarie-061721.pdf (un.org)
Full TWG 4 report: 2021-twg_4-062121.pdf (un.org)
For more information please contact:
Chief, Energy Systems & Infrastructure Division
Directorate of Environment and Energy