STEFAN JUNGCURT PH.D., IISD, SDG Knowledge Hub
25 September 2017: Switching to renewable energy sources not only contributes directly to SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy) and SDG 13 (Climate action), but can also support achieving multiple other SDGs, including SDG 3 (Good health and well-being), SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and several others. Recent initiatives and partnerships highlights these co-benefits and aim to use synergies between SDGs to drive accelerated implementation. [...]
UN Environment Partners with Chinese Group to Boost District Energy Services
District energy systems that provide integrated energy, heating and cooling services in urban centers are an effective approach to deploy renewable energy sources and achieve greater energy efficiency. To promote the development and wider use of this solution, UN Environment and the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) have formed a partnership that will explore renewable energy opportunities and efficiency gains through district heating in Chinese cities. The two organizations will cooperate in supporting district energy systems through developing policies, incentives and business models; training and capacity building in support of the International Coalition for Green Development on Belt and Road; and increasing the participation of the Chinese private sector in international environmental activities.