United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

South Africa

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THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF
ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE,
ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
14th SESSION OF THE UN COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT, 9 MAY 2006
The Johannesburg Plan of Implementation states that the implementation of
the development goals requires substantially improved partnerships between
major stakeholders.
The JPOI called upon all of us at a country and the international level to make
full and effective use of existing financial mechanisms and institutions,
including through actions to encourage the private sector, including
transnational corporations, private foundations to provide financial and
technical assistance in order to meet the objectives of sustainable
development.
The basis for this call is the general recognition and acceptance that the
public and the private sector need to work in partnership to achieve the
objectives of sustainable development. In the current work programme of
CSD 14 dealing with Atmospheric pollution, Climate change, Energy for
sustainable development and Industrial development, a number of constraints
have been identified. The participation of the private sector in overcoming
these challenges is key to achieving sustainable development goals.
Constraints
Whilst we acknowledged that the private sector have played a critical role in
implementing the various international development, a number of constraints
remain. These constraints include the following:
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1. Lack of appropriate incentives to stimulate the private sector to invest
more in technologies that support sustainable development.
2. Lack of transfer of sustainable development technologies between
multinational companies and the SME sector.
3. Lack of risk appetite for sustainable energy production methods from
both the public and the private sector.
4. Lack of widespread harmonization of energy efficiency standards and
labelling.
5. Insufficient capital infrastructure to support sustainable development in
both the private and the public s ector.
There are various ways in which the private sector can drive and
contribute to sustainable development.
Environmental performance is already emerging as a competitiveness
driver and unless there are concerted efforts between governments and
the private sector, this competence may not be easily harnessed for higher
yield and impact.
Key Considerations for the Policy Session
1. Development of incentives to reduce the risks associated with
sustainable production methods.
2. Long term planning modalities for sustainable energy initiatives
involving governments, the private sector and communities.
3. Integration of sustainable development principles into production
processes that harness knowledge of multinational corporations for
use by the SME sector.
4. The use of advertising to promote energy efficiency and demand for
more environmentally friendly consumption.
Stakeholders