Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: renewable energy

Last updated: 5/30/2012 // This statement on renewable energies: types, uses and role in sustainable development, was delivered by Counsellor of Legal Affairs Anniken Enersen at 29 May, during the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea.

We would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the International Energy and Climate Initiative, the so called Energy + which was established by the Norwegian Prime Minister and the UN Secretary- General, in Oslo November 2011. The initiative aims at contributing to the achievement of the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative of the UN Secretary-General.

The idea of Energy + is through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, to support efforts to achieve universal access to sustainable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries. The aim is to contribute towards global efforts to mitigate greenhouse gases by successfully demonstrating the attractiveness and viability of low carbon development. In turn, this will contribute to energy and job security, improved health, business opportunities for private investors and national economic growth.

Energy + is technologically neutral so in principle also renewable energy developed from the marine environment can be taken into account.

Energy + will directly support the poverty reduction efforts of developing countries while contributing to the international goal of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, it will support commitments made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Energy + is established as an international partnership and is open to developing and developed countries, investors, enterprises, foundations, international organisations and civil society. The only requirement being that they contribute towards the goals of the Energy+ actions and agree with the principles of the Partnership.

Each partner’s specific contribution to the initiative will vary depending on the national or regional conditions and nature of the partner’s expertise and experience. Support from partners is voluntary and non-binding.

The partnership will not only be a knowledge-sharing forum, but is also designed for those partners capable of building momentum in policy, technical support and finance.

Wherever possible, Energy+ partners will work through existing programmes and institutions, thereby limiting transaction costs and speeding up progress.

Energy + will use public sources of finance in ways that will mobilize commercial investment that lead to increased energy access and energy efficiency in developing countries.

The project will adopt a results-based approach and support will be provided based on verifiable progress on increased energy access and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

More information about the initiative can be found on the soon-to-be-launched website:

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