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International Clean Energy Business Coalition Urges Existing Technology Deployment to Revitalize Economies and Achieve Real Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions Now

December 10, 2008 - Poznan, Poland.  In an address before the delegates attending the 14th Conference of the Parties/ 4th Meeting of the Parties of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Poznan, the International Council for Sustainable Energy (ICSE) urged governments to adopt mid-term and long-term targets and support market-based approaches in the post-2012 international climate agreement.

The ICSE is a coalition of over 750 clean energy companies and business organizations worldwide, represented by the Clean Energy Council of Australia, and the European, United Kingdom and United States Business Councils for Sustainable Energy. The statement was presented by the ICSE on behalf of its members and other business groups such as the Global Wind Energy Council, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and Carbon Market Investor Services.

Lisa Jacobson, Executive Director, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Energy delivered the intervention on behalf of the ICSE and stressed that the “Current economic situation requires dramatic investments in existing clean energy sources and technologies as the foundation for competitive economies. Strong government signals are needed to accomplish these benefits.”

 

In Poznan, the ICSE urges governments to shift towards negotiations on critical elements of the post-2012 climate agreement, including:

 

  • Quantifiable, mid-term and long-term emissions reduction targets for industrialized countries
  • Actions by rapidly developing countries to reduce emissions below their business as usual scenarios
  • Continuity in the legally-binding frameworks underpinning the carbon market
  • Common definition of targets
  • Governance improvements to the Clean Development Mechanism
  • Incentive structures for technology transfer and deployment; and effective instruments for measure and compliance

The ICSE urged the UN delegates to engage the clean energy business sector in the upcoming deliberations - as existing clean energy and energy efficiency technologies offer a first phase solution to climate change mitigation.

To read the ICSE’s Poznan Intervention Statement, click here.

 

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