UN to Discuss Sustainable Energy Future of the World

The 14th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 14) to be held in New York this week will examine progress in sustainable energy, climate change, air pollution and industrial development issues. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, representing the European Commission, will advocate energy policies that improve access to energy services for the world’s poor while maximizing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy globally, thus increasing the protection of the environment.

Commissioner Dimas will also announce the launch of the EU Energy Facility, which will make available Euro 220 million [USD$280 million] to projects improving access to energy, in particular renewable energy, mainly in Sub-Sahara African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The CSD process provides an opportunity to put the world on a sustainable energy path. It advocates an integrated approach with a view to improve energy efficiency, promote technological innovation, expand markets for renewable energy sources and foster cleaner fossil fuels for transportation. All this will increase the access to energy in developing countries while protecting the environment. Access to energy and energy services is crucial for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, especially on eradicating poverty. Today, more than two billion people in developing countries live without access to energy and to modern energy services, and they are relying mainly on traditional biomass. At the same time, there is an urgent need to reduce energy-related environmental and health problems, in particular those stemming from climate change and air pollution. CSD 14 is looking at the sustainability of industrial development. As a large energy-consuming sector, industry is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns in industry will be crucial to attaining economic and social objectives. The UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) has a mandate to review progress in implementing the outcomes of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
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