Bonn meeting calls for renewable energy drive

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4 June 2004 , BONN - The largest-ever, international conference on renewable energies ended four days of discussions Friday in Bonn with a pledge for action to provide the world with environmentally- clean, alternative power sources. The International Conference for Renewable Energies had "sent out an important political message to the world", said German Economic Cooperation Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul at the final session. "(It is) a message of confidence that, with a strong political will, with t

4 June 2004

BONN - The largest-ever, international conference on renewable energies ended four days of discussions Friday in Bonn with a pledge for action to provide the world with environmentally- clean, alternative power sources.

The International Conference for Renewable Energies had "sent out an important political message to the world", said German Economic Cooperation Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul at the final session.

"(It is) a message of confidence that, with a strong political will, with the best technology and with adequate financial resources, we can master one of the biggest challenges of our times," she said.

Wieczorek-Zeul went on to that the challenge was creating a sustainable energy future for the whole world, for people in the north who are rich in energy, and for people in the south who are energy-poor.

Her comments came in the final plenary session wrapping up the conference attended by over 3,000 experts from 154 countries and numerous, international organizations and environmental lobby groups.

The conference approved a "Bonn declaration" outlining countries' shared political goals for an increased role of renewable energies and mapping out a joint vision of a sustainable energy future.

"Ministers and government representatives from 154 countries... acknowledge that renewable energies combined with enhanced energy efficiency, can significantly contribute to sustainable development," the declaration said.

Renewable energies could also help to make energy accessible to the poor and reduce greenhouse gas harmful air pollutants, "thereby creating new economic opportunities, and enhancing energy security through cooperation and collaboration", it said.

As the Bonn conference was not a United Nations event, the declaration is not legally binding, but is important all the same in putting renewable energy issues on the political agenda.

But the declaration did commit the governments to report the "measurable steps" they had committed themselves to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and that progress they make should be subject to review under the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

In addition to the declaration, the Bonn conference finished with the passage of an International Action Programme (IAP) which lists concrete moves and commitments for developing renewable energies by governments, international organisations and stakeholders from civil society, the private sector and other stakeholder groups.

The IAP consists of around 130 specific projects and initiatives in renewable energy in the world.

In her closing remarks, Wieczorek-Zeul said that Bonn conference had sent a "message of hope" that the world will be able to mobilize enough energy for its needs.

"We have given birth to a new alliance for a sustainable energy future. The declaration is the expression of a new consensus that renewable energies are the energies of the future," she said.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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