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United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009)


Basic Bibliographic Information

Status:
Operational
Type:
To Be Determined
Citation:
UNECE: United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 incorporating Specifications for its Application, ECE Energy Series No. 42, 2013.
ISBN:
978-92-1-117073-3
Website:
Custodian:
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Available Formats:
Print, PDF
Year Adopted:
2013
Year Published:
2013
Available Languages (besides English):
Français, Español, العربية, Pусский, 中文, Thai Details...
Français
Classification-cadre des Nations Unies pour l'énergie fossile et les réserves et ressources minérales, 2009 incorporant les spécifications pour son application (CCNU-2009)
ISBN:
978-92-1-117073-3
Español
Clasificación Marco de las Naciones Unidas para la energía fósil y los recursos y reservas minerales 2009 con especificaciones para su aplicación (CMNU-2009)
ISBN:
978-92-1-117073-3
العربية
تصنيف األمم املتحدة اإلطاري الحتياطيات وموارد الطاقة األحفوريّة واملعادن، 2009 متضمنًا املواصفات الالزمة لتطبيقه
ISBN:
978-92-1-117073-3
Pусский
Рамочная классификация ископаемых энергетических и минеральных запасов и ресурсов Организации Объединенных Наций 2009 года, включая спецификации для ее применения (РКООН-2009)
ISBN:
978-92-1-117073-3
中文
联合国 2009 年化石能源和矿产储量 与资源框架分类及应用规定
ISBN:
978-92-1-117073-3
Thai
กรอบการจําาแนกของสหประชาชาติ สําาหรับ ปริมาณสําารองและทรัพยากรพลังงานฟอสซิลและแร่่ 2009 (UNFC-2009)
ISBN:
978-92-1-117073-3
Availability:
Fully available in all of the languages above

Purpose of the Classification

Statistical Domains:
2.4.2 Energy
Purpose:
The United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) has been designed as a Project-based system for the evaluation and classification of fossil energy and mineral reserves and resources located on or below the Earth’s surface. Universally acceptable and internationally applicable, UNFC-2009 is a generic principle-based system in which quantities are classified on the basis of the three fundamental criteria of economic and social viability (E), feasibility and project status (F), and geological knowledge and potential recoverability (G), using a numerical and language independent coding scheme. Combinations of these criteria create a three-dimensional system. UNFC-2009, which applies to all extractive activities, can either be applied directly or used as a harmonizing tool.
Main Applications:
UNFC-2009 can be applied to all extractive activities, including both energetic and non-energetic solid minerals, oil and gas and uranium and thorium. Work is underway to broaden application to encompass renewable energy and also injection projects, in particular for the geological storage of carbon dioxide.
Main Users:
Governments, Industry, International Organisations, Financial Community

Methodology

Scope:
Recoverable sales and non-sales quantities from energy and mineral projects, including the underlying resource base.
Concept Being Classified:
goods
Statistical Units:
International organizations, governments, industry and financial organizations
Main Principles:
Assessment of natural endowments, scientific/technical/industrial assessments and economic and social assessments.

Classification Structure

Definition of Structure:
N/A
Criteria for Definition of Levels:
UNFC-2009 is 3-dimensional on the E, F, and G axes. Labels are numerical (and international). Classes are defined by a combination of categories , i.e. E1, F1, G1 or 1,1,1 for short since the sequence is predetermined. E: Economic and Social maturity/acceptability; F: Scientific, technical, industrial maturity; G: confidence in estimated quantities or probablility of exceedance (cumulative probability distribution functions).

Revision Information

Chronology of revisions/versions of the classification:
Year Adopted:
Title or Version Number:
Website:
Official Adopting Entity:
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Coordinating Entity:
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Next Review:
2018
Documenting Website:
Reason for Latest Revision:
To simplify the category definitions and hence broaden the scope of the system.
Major Changes:
No major changes were made to the classification itself.

Supporting Documents

Coding Index Available:
No
Training Materials and Other Documents:
N/A
Training Website:

Contact Information

Agency / Office:
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Unit:
Sustainable Energy Division
Email:
Telephone:
+41 (0) 22 917 12 34
Fax:
+41 (0) 22 917 00 38
Address:
UNECE Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland

Comments

Application of UNFC-2009 is being broadedened to encompass both renewable energy resources and injection projects for the geological storage of carbon dioxide. Significant progress has been made on development of the generic renewable specifications for UNFC-2009 and the geothermal- and bioenergy-specific specifications. Additional identifiers: PDF: ISBN 978-92-1-056516-5 ISSN 1014-7225