Clean Energy Coalition Leads Industry Call for Post-Kyoto International Climate Change Agreement
Vienna, Austria – As the United Nations holds talks on the future of multi-lateral climate change commitments this week in Vienna, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) led a global industry call for continued international action to address climate change and for the launch of a new negotiation round on a legally-binding framework to follow the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.
“It is essential that the multilateral climate change process send confident and consistent signals to the marketplace to accelerate deployment of energy efficiency and clean generation technology products and services, such as renewable energy and combined heat and power options,” said Jim Wolf, chairman of the BCSE climate change task force, addressing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s Fourth Session of the Dialogue on Long-Term Cooperative Action.
“Existing clean and energy efficiency technologies will play a vital role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in the next 10 to 20 years,” said Wolf, speaking on behalf of the Australian, European, United Kingdom, and United States Business Councils for Sustainable Energy, the Global Wind Energy Council, and the International Carbon Investors and Services.
The global alliance of business councils represents companies and trade associations worldwide, with a strong commercial interest in the expansion of sustainable energy and energy efficiency markets. Their address to UN delegates was part of an exchange of views on next steps in the development of an effective and appropriate international response to climate change.
“To enable a significant increase in clean energy and energy efficiency in the near-term, governments need to adopt stronger and sustained government policies at the national level, such as research and development, tax incentives and new codes and standards,” added Wolf. “To accelerate deployment, these policies must be clear and stable to impact the investment cycle and be combined with a long-term market price for greenhouse gas emissions.”
The preparatory meeting in Vienna will provide input for upcoming UN climate change negotiations in Bali, Indonesia in December.