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Ad Hoc Open-Ended Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Energy and Sustainable Development
New York, 6-10 March 2000
 
Highlights from Friday, 10 March
On the final day of the Energy Expert Group, Co- Chair Freudenschuss Reichl opened the final Plenary meeting of the Expert Group. Delegates heard a statement by the World Bank, and considered the Expert Group's intersessional programme of work and provisional agenda for the second session. A third draft of the Co-Chairs summary was also distributed to delegates, but Co-Chair Reichl noted that there was no opportunity to provide for comments on the Draft. Delegates then adopted the Draft Report of the meeting.


Co-Chairs Mohammed Reza Salamat (Iran) and Irene Freudenschuss Reichl (Austria)


 

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The World Bank's statement to the Energy Expert Group

The World Bank underlined the importance of sustainable energy within the Bank and noted its recently approved environmental strategy for energy, "Fuel for Thought." Noting the need for a proactive approach, he emphasized the importance of, inter alia: rural energy development; increased action on urban air pollution; development of new technologies; promotion of renewable energy sources; and the effective transfer of knowledge. He stressed the importance of motivating investors to see clean energy as a good and profitable business, and underlined the benefits of deregulation, decentralized private commercial schemes, and the development of new business models. He identified current activities of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and noted the potential catalytic role of the recently approved carbon fund.

JoAnne DiSano, Director, UN Division on Sustainable Development

Speaking on the interagency task force on energy, DiSano said the interagency task force on energy is comprised of all UN agencies that have an interest and involvement in the area of energy. She said the task force was currently compiling a comprehensive overview of activities the agencies are involved in. She pledged to work with the CO-Chairs to ensure that comprehensive input is made from a regional perspective and that action items raised are operationalized.

Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, and Co-Chair Salamat

Discussion of the Intersessional Programme of Work and the Provisional Agenda for the Expert Group's second session

On the intersessional programme of work, Portugal, on behalf of the European Union, welcomed the emphasis on activities at the regional level and the importance of drawing on experiences. He drew attention to the World Bank's energy week and the work of the Inter-Agency task force on energy.

On the intersessional programme of work, Samoa (left) welcomed the attention paid to regional initiatives stating that this will cater to the problems of the smaller countries. He mentioned an upcoming meeting on an initiative that focuses on renewable energy islands.

 

 

Iceland proposed soliciting from governments more input on success stories and supported restructuring the Provisional Agenda to focus on success stories, as the Expert Group's work was to search for solutions.
Denmark, supported by the US (below), expressed disappointment and surprise at the absence from the Provisional Agenda of consideration of market reforms as an issue. Given the intergovernmental nature of the Expert Group, he described his difficulties with not being allowed to place the issue on the Agenda for discussion as the issue of market reforms is an issue in many countries.
On the provisional agenda, the United States suggested that an item on "Learning from each other: Success Stories in the Promotion of Energy for Sustainable Development" be the focus of future discussion at the Expert Group,
Australia supported focusing on success stories at the next meeting and suggested looking at energy use in different sectors
. The G-77/China expressed concern that consideration of success stories might overshadow the issues of capacity building, technology transfer and financial resources as set out in the second item of the Provisional Agenda and said success stories should be described during "side events"


ENBers Peter Doran, Angela Churie and Jon Hanks speak with Denmark (left) and Co-Chair Salamat (right)

Richard Ottinger, IUCN, speaks with Jon Hanks, ENB

 


UNEP's Sustainable Energy Advisory Facility (SEAF): Supporting Sustainable Energy Initiatives in Developing Countries
SEAF is a new effort in collaboration with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs that offers rapid and flexible assistance regarding sustainable energy policies, strategies, and technologies. It aims to contribute to the CSD-9 preparatory process. SEAF will provide information and technical support for a variety of sustainable energy activities, including: sector and national planning studies; climate change mitigation studies; technology assessment and selection; individual project assessment involving renewable energy technologies; and links to financing institutions.

John M. Christensen, Head of UNEP Collaborating Center on Energy and Environment (john.christensen@risoe.dk), and Mark Radka, Energy Program Coordinator, UNEP (mark.radka@unep.fr)

 


Solar Energy Technologies that make the lives of women better, save energy and at a low cost
Solar Cookers International and the NGO Energy and Climate Change Caucus sponsored this event in order to provide a forum for participants to talk about the problems and the situation of women and energy in different countries, and to present low cost technologies, such as solar cookers, that are available. For more information: mses@igc.org

For more information on solar cookers, visit www.solarcooking.org or email: sci@igc.org

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