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United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009

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The United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) is a universally applicable scheme for classifying/evaluating energy and mineral reserves and resources — it is the successor to UNFC-2004. Designed as an all-encompassing framework, it enables the incorporation and unification of existing national systems, while allowing their classification units and glossary to be retained. The principal objective of UNFC-2009 is to enhance international communication by providing a simple, user-friendly and uniform format for the reporting of energy reserves and resources, using market-based economic criteria.

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Introduction

At its sixteenth session in November 2007, the Committee on Sustainable Energy of the Economic Commission for Europe directed the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Harmonization of Fossil Energy and Mineral Resources Terminology (now the Expert Group on Resource Classification) to submit any revised United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Resources (UNFC) for consideration by the Extended Bureau of the Committee on Sustainable Energy in 2008 in order to facilitate worldwide application of the UNFC. In response to that request a simplified revised version of the Classification (United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009)) was prepared by the UNFC Revision Task Force, which consisted of the Extended Bureau of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts, plus selected experts. The Explanatory Note annexed to UNFC-2009 (Annex III) explains in some detail the issues contained in the revised Classification, but does not form part of the Classification itself.

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