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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Australia (Part 2)

CSD 14: Enhancing energy efficiency to address air pollution and atmospheric
Plenary Session: 3 May 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Australian Statement ? Energy efficiency barriers and constraints (access to
finance and governance)
The constraints posed by finance concerns, insufficient access to expertise, experience
and technology to the uptake of energy efficiency measures have been widely
articulated; as has the desire for more coordinated approaches by donors to
developing countries to minimise duplication and get greater leverage from the aid
donor dollar. Australia views public /private partnerships as a key mechanism in
helping to address these constraints.
· Countries with small economies of scale, including Australia and our Pacific
neighbours, need to take advantage of the opportunities that international
engagement and collaboration provides.
· Such collaboration is an important means for smaller countries to learn and
share ideas and experiences, access new technology, promote local innovation,
and influence the development and acceptance of new technologies to meet
national priorities.
· Australia is party to a number of regional and international partnerships that
enhance our ability to share with, and learn from others, and to leverage our
contributions against other contributions and better coordinate our actions with
those of other donors. These include:
o Asia -Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate;
o Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP);
o Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum;
o Methane to Markets Partnership;
o Energy for Sustainable Development: The APEC Energy Working
Group; and
o a range of bilateral energy and climate change partnerships.
Being part of such partnerships creates opportunities to leverage both
inno vation and resources to all countries.
· Similarly good governance and action at the national level is fundamental to
encourage financial investments and ODA flows. Increasingly Australia?s aid
programme is focusing on working with developing countries to improve such