International Renewable Energy Conference (BIREC 2005),
November 7-8 2005, Beijing
by Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE-Europe/OVE, 92 Group,
participated when China hosted a world conference for
renewable energy in Beijing on November 7-8, 2005.
The conference gathered 78 countries that were officially represented
as well as representatives from industry and civil society. China set
the tone of the conference by presenting new targets for renewable energy,
including a target of 30,000 MW in windpower for by 2020, as well as
a new, ambitious renewable-energy law. Unfortunately, China includes
large hydropower in its expansion plans, in ways that cause deep concerns
among many NGOs for environmental as well as social reasons.
The 78 countries agreed upon increased efforts for renewable energy,
nationally and internationally, in the “Beijing Declaration” for
renewable energy. Some main points in this declaration are in summary:
• The countries agreed to take further actions to accelerate the market
uptake of renewable-energy technologies and to increase investment
in research and development, especially by the developed countries.
• The counties agreed that the international community should strengthen
its commitment to the scaling up of renewable energy development and
use, especially in developing countries.
• The countries urged International Financial Institutions (IFIs), including
the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to expand
significantly their investments in renewable energy.
• The UN system can and should play a key role to make renewable energy
widely accessible to developing countries with the use of technical
assistance, especially to the least developed countries. Its capacity and resources
should be strengthened.
• Connecting multi-stakeholders through networks and other initiatives
should be done to facilitate exchange of information on renewable energy
and energy efficiency as well as to make information more accessible
to developing countries.
• The countries noted that the current global situation provides an unprecedented
opportunity to address the strategic challenges of transforming our
energy systems and of closing the energy divide between poor and rich.
• The countries invited the Commission for Sustainable Development to consider
an effective arrangement to review and assess progress towards substantially
increasing the global share of renewable energy. In addition, voluntary
reporting can be enhanced through inputs from relevant international
organizations and networks.
As part of the CURES network, INFORSE called for:
• increased efforts for renewable energy with ambitious, binding targets;
• establishment of the institutional basis for promoting renewable energies
at an international level;
• a fundamental shift in energy lending of development banks towards renewable
energy and energy efficiency; and
• increased support for regional and local initiatives in developing countries,
with involvement of civil society and local actors.
These are some of the main points of the “Joint Declaration from
Civil Society at BIREC2005”.
was represented by member organisations. Among
- Gunnar Boye Olesen representing 92 Group a Danish
NGO Group, which includes OVE and DIB.
- Jane Kruse and Preben Maegaard from Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
- Tetsunari Iida, ISEP, Japan
- International NGO Workshop on
Renewable Energy for BIREC2005
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Development on
6th November, 2005.
program and proceedings at the INFORSE member and Asia
INFORSE joined the Joint
Declaration from Civil Society ( 30kB
INFORSE is member and one of the Coordinators of CURES (Citizens
United for Renewable Energy and Sustainability).
- Official Conference site: BIREC
- INFORSE Position together with CURES
- Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)