United NationsDépartement des Affaires Économiques et Sociales Développement Durable

Finland

27.2.2007. IPM for the 15th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, CSD,
26.-2.3.2007, New York
- Energy Efficiency and Energy Auditing, Statement by Finland
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen
I would like to associate myself with the statement of Germany on behalf of the
European Union. In my intervention, I would like to elaborate on energy
efficiency and energy auditing.
During the CSD 14 Finland organized an Energy Audit side event. Finland also
emphasized that better energy efficiency and energy saving, cleaner fossil fuel
technologies and a greater share of renewable energy sources should be high in
our strategies.
In September last year, Finland hosted EnergyAudit'06 Conference in the city of
Lahti. The Conference offered an unique opportunity for exchanging ideas and
experiences gained in energy audit programs, and for future developments
worldwide. A dedicated global energy audit program, in partnership with
international financial institutions (IFIs), international environment and energy
organizations and the private sector, was one of the items discussed.
It is my pleasure to tell that since EnergyAudit Conference, pilot projects have
been established - in Vietnam, Russia and in Central America - in order to see
how an international energy audit programme could be realized. I am also
pleased to inform you all that next steps will be taken already in early April in
Paris when International Energy Agency together with UNEP and International
Finance Corporation (IFC) will host a workshop called 'Scaling up energy
efficiency: bridging the action gap'. As a part of the workshop, the follow-up to
the EnergyAudit 06 Conference will be discussed in a session called "The Road
from Lahti: Call for an International Program on Energy Efficiency Audits".
Mr. Chairman, I know that energy efficiency including energy auditing is only part
of the huge package of energy for sustainable development. At the same time, I
am convinced that we should encourage expanding both energy savings
assessments and energy audits, especially in cases where cost-effective
investments are possible.
Mr. Chairman,
Finland will work very hard together with its partners between now and CSD-15
on energy auditing and as part of our efforts we are planning for a side event on
this theme during the CSD-15. Thank you!
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