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UN Reports Energy Indicators Help with Renewable Development

Energy indicators for sustainable development represent an important component in the national analysis and planning tool kit for achieving sustainable development, according to a new report issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations (UN) Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The report, “Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development: Country Studies on Brazil, Cuba, Lithuania, Mexican, Russian Federation, Slovakia and Thailand,” was launched in New York May 8 at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, which focused on energy, climate change, air pollution and industrial development. The 463-page volume presents examples of how energy indicators — such as energy use per capita, share of renewable energy, share of households without electricity, per capita greenhouse gas emissions from energy production and use — are developed at the national level, how they can be used to assess national energy systems and how they assist in reviewing the effectiveness of policies undertaken or planned. Analytical tools such as energy indicators can be helpful in finding the best solutions among available options, the report says. Countries can adapt the indicators to suit national energy characteristics and use them as a versatile tool for analyzing different energy policies, with respect to their social, economic, environmental and institutional dimensions.