RESOLUTION ON PROMOTION AND USE OF NEW AND RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY

    1. Recalling the provisions on energy security and co-operation contained in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly declarations and resolutions,
    2. Reiterating the call on OSCE participating States in the 2008 Astana Declaration to commit themselves to a global energy transformation towards, inter alia, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy saving and access to energy,
    3. Welcoming the growing global awareness of the importance of new and renewable sources of energy,
    4. Recalling the United Nations General Assembly Resolutions 64/206 and 66/206 entitled "Promotion of new and renewable sources of energy",
    5. Recognizing that the development of new and renewable sources of energy plays a significant role in the attainment by the OSCE participating States of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals,
    6. Noting that, in addition to higher energy efficiency, a greater use of new and renewable sources of energy and advanced clean energy technologies enhances the opportunities for tackling challenges caused by climate change,
    7. Welcoming initiatives that aim to improve access to reliable, affordable, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound energy technologies and services,
    8. Underlining the imperative to intensify research on energy technologies and in support of energy for sustainable development,
    9. Stressing that the wider use and exploration of available and additional new and renewable sources of energy require technology transfer and diffusion on a global scale,
    10. Noting ongoing activities related to the promotion of new and renewable sources of energy within the United Nations system, and acknowledging the role of the UN-Energy group in promoting system-wide co-ordination in the area of energy,
    11. Appreciating the work of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on promoting the diffusion and sustainable use of various forms of renewable energy,
    12. Recognizing the contribution made by other relevant regional initiatives, mechanisms and institutions to the efforts of the OSCE participating States to expand the use of new and renewable sources of energy,
    13. Acknowledging that the private sector and civil society could play an important role in the promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy saving and access to energy,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Stresses the crucial role of energy security in the new security environment and the imperative need for fairness and transparency, in accordance with international law and the European Energy Charter;
    2. Underlines that the OSCE has a comprehensive normative and organizational framework for promoting regional and global co-operation and dialogue on energy security by raising awareness of challenges in this field and complementing relevant efforts of other global and regional stakeholders;
    3. Urges the OSCE participating States to make efforts to develop further an enabling environment at various levels for the promotion and use of new and renewable sources of energy;
    4. Calls upon the OSCE participating States to facilitate economically viable strategies conducive to reducing costs for new and renewable sources of energy and increasing their competitiveness, including through the implementation, as appropriate, of public policies for research, development and deployment;
    5. Calls upon the OSCE participating States and the OSCE executive structures to take further action to mobilize the provision of financial resources, technology transfer, technical assistance and capacity-building and the diffusion of environmentally sound energy technologies;
    6. Encourages the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities and other OSCE executive structures to continue to facilitate in the OSCE region a shift towards a global energy transformation, and to raise awareness of the importance of energy for sustainable development, including the need for the promotion of new and renewable sources of energy and the increased role they can play in energy supplies;
    7. Encourages the OSCE participating States to develop and implement measures and initiatives, in co-operation with the private sector and civil society, to inform and educate people about renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy saving and access to energy;
    8. Takes note with appreciation of global, regional and national initiatives in the area of energy that promote the use of new and renewable sources of energy, energy efficiency, and access to energy;
    9. Supports the idea of establishing under the aegis of the United Nations a global mechanism for transfer of technologies for new and renewable sources of energy, inter alia, by means of a global voluntary fund, a single global database, and an empowered UN-Energy group;
    10. Encourages the OSCE participating States to co-operate closely in transferring technical know-how for new and renewable energy technologies;
    11. Recommends that the OSCE holds an expert meeting with a view to sharing experience in the field of modern energy technologies and best practice related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy saving and access to energy;
    12. Calls on the OSCE participating States to promote the concept of renewable energy being used at the point of creation due to the nature of energy loss during the process of transmission and to recognize that regionalized areas on the perimeters of Europe, which have the greatest capacity to produce wave, wind, tidal and solar energies, should be cultivated for the peoples of these areas, where unemployment is traditionally highest, which can also be seen as a competitive advantage for the manufacturing sector.