VII. ENERGY RESOURCES:
In view of SIDS dependency on energy
imports, energy conservation and the development of renewable
sources of energy need to be encouraged. This chapter still
contains three sets of brackets. The first is in the section on
national action, which states that governments will promote the
efficient use of energy and the development of environmentally
sound energy resources and energy efficient technologies. The
problem arose over the use of "appropriate economic instruments" to
this end. Many developing countries felt that this language is too
specific and that economic instruments are not necessarily the best
approach for all SIDS.
The other two sets of brackets appear in the section on
international action. Paragraph C(iii) on the transfer of energy
technology was unacceptable to developed countries. Paragraph C(iv)
"ensures" that international institutions and agencies incorporate
efficiency and conservation into energy-sector-related training and
assistance. Developed countries preferred the term "encourage,"
however, developing countries thought that this weakens the
paragraph too much.