United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Energy for Sustainable Development
1. My delegation wishes to align to the statement made by the
distinguished delegate of Pakistan, speaking on behalf of Group 77
and China on this issue. In this regard, I would like to underscore, in
the spirit of outcome of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable
Development, the importance of energy supply in supporting the
achievement of the goals of sustainable development, poverty
alleviation, and the MDGs. While formulating policy options for the
upcoming CSD, it is equally crucial to devise strategies to increase
access to energy particularly among developing countries.
2. In light of the increased gap of energy supply and demand worldwide
particularly fossil energy, we need to adopt policies which are aimed at
diversifying energy while bearing in mind efforts to enhance more
advanced, cleaner, more efficient and affordable energy technologies.
We firmly believe that international cooperation should be more
developed including at regional and national levels in this regard.
3. In this context, my delegation would like to highlight the success of the
East Asian Political Leaders in adopting the Cebu Declaration on East
Asia Energy Security on 15 August 2006. This Declaration has shown
a bold initiative by those East Asian leaders to establish a framework
for strengthening regional cooperation in promoting energy security
particularly with a view to enhancing renewable energy development.
4. This Declaration sets out measures inter-alia as follows:
a. Promoting cleaner and lower emissions technologies that allow for
the continued economic use of fossil fuels while addressing air
pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
b. Encourage the use of bio fuels and work towards freer trade on bio
fuels and a standard on bio fuels used in engines and motor
c. Increase capacity and reduce costs of renewable and alternate
energy sources through innovative financing scheme,
d. Promote clean use of coal and development of clean coal
technologies and international environmental cooperation towards
mitigating global climate change.
e. Pursue regional and bilateral cooperation through research and
development sharing best practices and financing of energy
5. In the national context, my Government has introduced a legislative
framework through the adoption of Presidential Decree No. 5 of 2006
which serves as a basis for establishing a national action plan to
develop renewable energy as a national priority. Since then, the
Government has taken on further step to make more synergy on
developing renewable energy policy coupled with other policy to
enhance more efficient use of energy. This has inspired the
Government to introduce the operation of ?Trans Jakarta Bus? in
Jakarta, utilizing gas energy, as a reflection of creating more efficient
use of energy in transportation sector. In line with this, the
Government is also in the process of establishing Mass Rapid Transit
6. To create national awareness in energy efficiency, the Government
has made national campaign for advocating efficient use of energy
national wide, and thus reducing consumption. Public are encouraged
to use more efficient energy starting from household activities. Trying
to always supply demand on energy is not a sound policy. Reducing
consumption without compromising development and social welfare
should therefore become a sound policy option to be pursued. In this
regards, we support the promotion of sustainable economic growth,
also called green growth, as stated by the representative of ESCAP
yesterday. This principle aims at the promotion of sustainable
production and consumption pattern, among others through the
improvement of energy efficiency, and thus reducing the energy
intensity. In addition the Government focuses this campaign towards
industry sectors which still contributes significantly in energy