in cooperation with ECO-Forum participates in the Environment for Europe
Energy and Climate Group Proposal for Revision of Environment for Europe
(December 2008) Following
the Pan-European Environmental Ministers meeting in Belgrade in 2007,
a revision is ongoing for the
Environment for Europe
The NGOs in European Eco-Forum support continued Pan-European environmental
activities, also on ministerial levels. The Eco-Forum’s Energy & Climate
Issue Group has developed the following overall proposals for strengthening
the energy-related work.
The group proposes that the environment ministers include sustainable
energy (renewable energy and energy efficiency) as important elements
in Pan-European environmental activities and that they:
- Promote Pan-European cooperation on renewable energy, including
windpower, to strengthen the capacities of involved countries to use
from renewable energy
- Promote Pan-European cooperation on energy efficiency standards,
requirements, and labels on energy using products to reduce energy consumption
in cost-effective ways
- Promote cooperation energy, energy efficient
cars with standards, requirements, and labels
- Promote Pan-European cooperation on energy
efficiency in buildings, linking up with EU's work on energy efficiency
requirements for houses
These proposals will be amended and expanded as the official revision
of the EfE process progresses.
(June 2008) The coordinator of the Energy & Climate Group, Yusup Kamalov,
had to withdraw from his position; but he continue in the group. For
to the group,
contact European Eco-Forum or INFORSE-Europe
Energy and Climate
Group Meeting in Belgrade,
October 12, 2007
The Energy and Climate
Issue Group of the European Eco-Forum met at the end of the Belgrade
conference and decided to work further.
At the meeting it
was decided that the Group:
- is working on getting energy and climate issues higher on the agenda of the
Pan-European Environment for Europe debate and process.
- will increase the exchange of information on relevant sustainable energy activities,
mainly NGO activities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
- will set up a listserver with all participants in the meeting, and all
interested members in the previous email list of the Energy & Climate
- will continue to follow the Energy Charter Energy Efficiency Group for the
time being and will report back after the next meeting of that group.
A new email list is in
place for the group, and Yusup Kamalov has replaced Gunnar Boye Olesen
as coordinator. The group is open
to European NGOs.
Gunnar Boye Olesen from INFORSE-Europe has been coordinator
of the European ECO-Forum's
Energy & Climate Issue Group in the last 12 years (1995 - 2007).
Gunnar resigned as coordinator, but remains active in the group. The new coordinator
elected for the European ECO-Forum's Energy & Climate Group is: Yusup Kamalov from
Uzbekistan. Yusup is chairman of the Union for Defence of the
Aral Sea and the Amudarya, and has been very active in establishing Eco-forum
If you want to participate you
are still welcome to send e-mail to Gunnar to:
10 -12 October,
6th Conference of Environmental Ministers
of UNECE region “Environment for Europe"
INFORSE-Europe was participating on the
Conference with presentations, as well as, exhibiting together
with SPARE and Eco-forum.
Pictures from the Exhibition, SPARE side
event, and the Conference.
- Presentation of the side event of SPARE,
October 11, 2007
kB), slides (4.2
MB) and Please seethe
web page of SPARE
at the ECO Forum Pre-Conference on biodiversity and its link to sustainable
production and consumption
patterns - 9 October, Tuesday.
Energy, climate change and biodiversity by Gunnar Boye Olesen, (INFORSE, Eco-Forum).
891 kB pdf file. - slides (757 kB word doc)
Presentation at the Belgrade Conference
Item 6: Partnerships (Environmental
policy and international competitiveness, and environmental finance and
- 11 October,
NGO keynote address and interventions:
by Gunnar Boye Olesen (INFORSE, Eco-Forum)
text (word doc 37kB)
Both presentations are available
on CEEWEB where
you can see all presentations.
Belgrade Conference Evaluation from
Energy Point of View:
When ministers from the Pan-European
region met October 10-12, 2007, energy was often mentioned. Departing
energy was not a major topic. The main topics were environmental education
and the Aarhus Convention on rights to environmental information.
On energy, the ministers recognized the need to integrate further provisions
addressing climate change into other policies. They called for further
efforts to improve energy efficiency to meet environmental and sustainable
INFORSE-Europe presented an exhibition
during the conference, SPARE was also active in side-events on environmental
Gunnar Boye Olesen from INFORSE-Europe addressed the ministers on the
topic of environmental financing on behalf of the NGO network European
Eco-Forum, of which INFORSE-Europe is a member.
See more on the NGO participation
Eco-Forum's Proposals for Belgrade Conference Agenda
March 1-2, 2007, Brussels Belgium
International ECO's Strategy Meeting
“From Kiev to Belgrade - Implementing Environment for Europe Decisions”
See more about the preparatory process
to the Belgrade Conference at:
Coalition of Environmental Citizens Organisations)
See more about the 6th Conference of Environmental
ECE (United Nations Economic Commission
for Europe), Belgrade
- Host country website of the Belgrade
on behalf of the
ECO-Forum's Energy & Climate Group
at the 5th Ministerial Conference "Environment
21 to 23 May 2003 in Kiev.
pictures from the official and NGO Events in Kiev: Kiev
The energy issues were included in the agenda of the European Environmental
Ministers' Conference in Kiev. The Conference addressed in particular
the phase out of
cooperation in energy efficiency issues and targets on renewable energy
at and beside the Pan-European Environmental Ministers’ Meeting,
May 21-23, 2003:
May 20, 2003
9-19: Side event "Energy Efficiency: The Way from Aarhus
at National Technical University in Kiev, Ukraine
Organised by: The Energy Charter and the State Committee of Ukraine for
Energy Conservation (special program, prior application required)
All the following events are at:
International Exhibition Center,
15, Brovarskoy ave., Kiev 02089; Ukraine
May 21, 2003
11-12.30: Workshop: European Phase out of Environmental Harmful
Subsidies in Energy; Renewable Energy targets and prospects, room 24
Facilitator – Gunnar Boye Olesen
- Presentation of challenges of phasing-out harmful subsidies,
- Presentation of international activities
- Discussion on subsidies
- Presentation of renewable energy targets, and possible targets in different
- Presentation of opportunities for renewable energy in selected countries
- Discussion on prospects and targets on renewable energy
15-16.30 Workshop: Environmental Action Program for Central and Eastern
Europe and EECCA , room 24
Facilitator – Olga Ponizova
The program included a presentation on energy in the action program.
May 22, 2003
11.30 – 12.00
Ministerial session on energy, main conference hall (in the Official
Ministerial Conference Program):
-Guidelines for reforming energy prices and subsidies
-Explanatory notes to guidelines
-Input from Energy Charter Secretariat (Energy Efficiency Statement)
(badge for access to the plenary session May 22 in the morning is required
15-16.30 Workshop: Sustainable Production and Consumption
Facilitator – Jeffrey Barber, ISF
The issue was linked with energy.
Joint NGO – Ministerial
Session on Environmental Policy Integration; main conference hall
(in the official Ministerial
Energy is one of the sectors covered by the environmental policy integration,
though agriculture is the main sector for the session.
May 23, 2003
13.00 - 14.00
Title: Official Side Event: Workshop "European Phase out of Environmental
Harmful Subsidies in Energy", Place: Room #9
Organised by: INFORSE on behalf of ECO-Forum Energy & Climate Group
- presentation of NGO views of phase-out of subsidies in the future and
the new guidelines on
reforming energy subsidies
- official’s opinion on subsidies
More information: www.eco-forum.org
INFORSE/ ECO-Forum Energy & Climate Group, att. Gunnar Boye Olesen
Conservation & Sustainable Energy on ECO-Agenda
has no strong structure to promote it (unlike oil, gas, coal, nuclear
etc.) It benefits everybody, - it is the responsibility of everybody.
i.e., reduction of primary energy consumption, is part of the agenda
of all major environmental citizens' organisations (ECO's). By
consensus, European ECO's seek a phase-out of the use of nuclear power
of fossil-fuel use to sustainable levels. These goals should be achieved
via increased energy efficiency, use of renewable energy, and lifestyle
On the Pan-European
level, the European ECO-Forum's Energy & Climate Group follows the
official negotiations for increased energy efficiency in Europe including
former Soviet Union. The group follows the international cooperation
energy efficiency in the Environment for Europe Process (EfE) and in
the Energy Charter process. The Group participates in the governmental
meetings with 1-2 observers, and communicates internally via an Email
The Email List is open to European ECO's: just write an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> with
the heading "Energy & Climate Group: new
entry". In the body of the text write 5-10 lines about your organisation/activities. The group is part of the European
In 2002, the group is discussing inputs to
the Environment for Europe process on energy, for the upcoming Pan-European
Environmental ministers meeting, May 2003 in Kiev (Kiev 2003). The group
has also started to follow the UN-ECE task force on reforming energy prices.
The input's to Environment for Europe has the aim of increasing Pan-European
cooperation on sustainable energy. The group has proposed specifically
to focus on:
- Transition to sustainable heating, given the
current problems with decaying heat supply structures and the opportunities
for sustainable heating with biomass, local cogeneration etc.
- Phase-out of
environmental harmful subsidies. The official commitments to phase-out
subsidies must become operational
and lead to increased phase-out of the environmentally harmful subsidies.
- Phase-out of
nuclear power, starting with the high-risk reactors
For the Energy Charter working group on energy efficiency,
the group has made a Proposal
for Energy Efficiency / Sustainable Energy Issues for Kiev 2003 (word
file 24 kB - July 2002).
For the Kiev conference
the group has been in charge of parts of the ECO-Forum "Bratislava Declaration"(December
2002), see the energy parts
(word file 30 kB) or read the full
The group has followed the Pan-European Task force
for Reforming Energy Prices that has proposed national guidelines for
reforms of energy prices and energy subsidies at is meeting November 2002.
The group is currently (december 2002) developing its position on the
guidelines that will be proposed for adoption at Kiev 2003. Read about
the new guidelines at the official site.
Read also about the activities in Sustainable
Energy News, issue 38, 39.
In 2001, the group has been discussing
vision for sustainable energy co-operation across Europe in the light
of lack of progress in official co-operation on the issue. See article "Pan-European
Energy Efficiency - Problems and Visions" (word .doc 17 kB).
At the ECO-Forum's
Strategy Meeting, September
2000 in Kiev, it was decided to work for increased Pan-European activities
for energy efficiency and renewable energy. It was further decided to
put more emphasis on the problems with nuclear power plants.
the European Environment Ministers decided to start work for a European
strategy at their meeting in Sofia, 1995, the ECO-Forum has followed
the process. Before the meeting of the Environment Ministers,
in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1998, the ECO-Forum's Energy and Climate Group
agreed on NGO-positions
and proposals for energy conservation in Europe. This was formulated
in a number of proposals to the official process, as well as in a
statement "NGO Visions for a European Energy Conservation
Strategy" . A special statement was made on NGO-views on nuclear power
"Towards a Nuclear-Free Europe".
to participation in the official process, several NGOs were involved
in the collection
of sustainable-energy success stories
in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), resulting in a compilation of
more than 20 good examples of how energy is conserved at the local level
CEE. The publication was publishes in 1998. Later on a database
was started and further cases were added, which are available online.
After the Environmental
Minister's Conference in Aarhus, June 1998, the ECO-forum's Energy and
Climate Group has followed the official negotiations to implement the
decisions from the conference in Aarhus, in particular:
To follow this, the Group
participates as observer in:
- that the countries
plan to phase out environmental harmful subsidies by 2005
- that the World
Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and
the EU programs for Central and Eastern Europe (PHARE and TACIS) are
asked to strengthen their energy efficiency programs.
- a guideline for
national energy efficiency policy is proposed
Committee on Environmental Policy of the UN Economic Commission
for Europe. This
Committee is in charge of the official negotiations between the Pan-European
Environmental Ministers' Meeting. The ECO-Forum follows these negotiations
and the Energy & Climate Group will usually be present if major
energy issues are on the agenda.
- The working group
for the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects
(PEREEA) to the Energy Charter Treaty. This group is in charge of the
international follow-up of the above mentioned decisions on energy from
the Aarhus meeting.
- The Committee
on Sustainable Energy of the UN Economic Commission for Europe and its
Task Force on Reforming Energy Prices.
following ECO's participated in the work of the ECO Forum's Energy & Climate
Group, either with participation in official meetings (first five organisations
in the list) or in other ways:
(International Network for Sustainable Energy - Europe),
att. Gunnar Boye Olesen
(OVE, Denmark) and att. Emil Bedi (FAE, Slovakia);
- Social Ecological
Union in Russia, Center for Nuclear Ecology and Energy Policy, att.
- BankWatch Network,
att. Olexi Pasyuk, Peter Hlobil (Ukraine / Czech Republic);
- Energie & Umwelt - Swiss
Energy Foundation, att. Heini Glauser;
- Climate Network
Europe, att. Rob Bradley
- Green Action Zagreb
(Croatia), att. Toni Vidan;
- Hungarien Energy
Club, att. Ada Amon;
- Slovenian E-Forum,
att. Andrej Klemenc;
- Anti-Atom International,
att. Heinz Högelsberger (Austria);
att. Heinz Stockinger (Austria).
- Belorussian Division
of International Society of Ecology, att. Eugeny Shirikov;
- Youth Ecological
Movement "Belaja Rus", att. Natalia Petruskevich
- E-Misszio Environmental
Assocition, att. Erzsébeth Pálfy (Hungary).
- and several others