RESOLUTION ON PROMOTING ENERGY SAVING AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN THE OSCE REGION

    1. Recognizing the need for further enhancement of the OSCE dialogue on energy security and co operation, including on agreed principles of our co-operation, as was emphasized by Heads of State and Government of the OSCE participating States in the Astana Commemorative Declaration of 2010,
    2. Recalling the other provisions and commitments on energy security and co-operation contained in the relevant OSCE Ministerial decisions as well as OSCE Parliamentary Assembly resolutions and declarations,
    3. Noting the outcome of "RIO+20", the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro held on 20-22 June 2012, and the 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All,
    4. Stressing the vital role of energy efficiency and renewable energy in achieving sustainable energy and growth and fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals,
    5. Recognizing that improving energy saving and energy efficiency is one of the quickest, greenest, and most cost-effective solution for reducing energy dependency, which also contributes to job creation, combating climate change and progress towards a resource efficient economy,
    6. Welcoming the efforts of the OSCE participating States aimed at elaboration and implementation of the national policies and measures to increase energy efficiency, taking into account their technological and economic development,
    7. Underlining the existence of the huge unutilized potential for strengthening international co-operation between OSCE participating States in the area of energy saving and energy efficiency,
    8. Stressing the need for exchange of information, experience and best practices on the most effective measures and policies to promote energy efficiency, taking into account the co-operation established between the participating States in the context of international organizations and agreements,
    9. Underlining that co-operation between participating States in the area of dissemination of know-how and technology on energy efficiency can effectively promote energy efficiency in the OSCE region,
    10. Recognizing that further research and development of cost-effective energy efficiency technologies should be fostered, inter alia through development of public/private partnerships and through expanded international co-operation,
    11. Expressing full support for the work of the OSCE Co-ordinator for Economic and Environmental Activities in the area of promoting energy saving and energy efficiency,
    12. Taking note of the Ukrainian OSCE Chairmanship's priorities in the second dimension and the theme and discussions held within the 21st Economic and Environmental Forum, and expressing hope that the concluding meeting of the Forum will produce meaningful recommendations for future OSCE activities, in particular in the area of energy efficiency,
    13. Welcoming with satisfaction the fruitful discussions held under the Ukrainian Chairmanship during the first and the second preparatory meetings of the 21st Economic and Environmental Forum in Vienna on 4 and 5 February and Kyiv on 16 and 17 April 2013, which proved the necessity and importance of promoting energy saving and efficiency,
    14. Expressing hope that the concluding meeting of the 21st Economic and Environmental Forum to be held in Prague on 11-13 September 2013 will help generate ideas and recommendations for new OSCE decisions and further promote activities in the area of energy co operation, energy savings and efficiency,
    15. Welcoming the joint initiative of the Presidents of Ukraine and Turkmenistan to hold an international conference under the auspices of the OSCE devoted to "Energy Security and Sustainability – the OSCE Perspective" to take place in Ashgabat on 17 and 18 October 2013,
    16. Recognizing the invaluable contribution made by the relevant international and regional organizations to the promotion of energy efficiency, and stressing the importance of co ordinating those efforts and avoiding duplication,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Underlines the benefits that energy saving and energy efficiency measures can provide in terms of energy and environmental security;
    2. Stresses that energy efficiency is a major element in ensuring the sustainability of the use of energy resources;
    3. Stresses the need to improve energy efficiency by promoting innovative and cost-effective investments in key economic sectors, such as construction and industry, including shipping, as well as transport and agriculture;
    4. Supports the OSCE participating States' efforts aimed at further development of energy efficiency and renewable energy that are essential elements for strengthening energy and environmental security;
    5. Welcomes the efforts and activities related to the promotion of energy saving, energy efficiency and sustainable management of energy resources undertaken within the UN system, and notes with interest the Sustainable Energy for All initiative identifying the need for doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency amongst the key objectives which underpin the goal of achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030;
    6. Encourages the OSCE Secretariat and the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities to further develop co-operation and dialogue with relevant international and regional organizations on energy efficiency issues, including through the organization of regular meetings with the aim of complementing their efforts in the field of energy saving and efficiency;
    7. Encourages the OSCE Secretariat in co-operation with other OSCE executive structures to strengthen OSCE engagement in the area of energy efficiency with the Partners for Co-operation;
    8. Supports the use of the OSCE as a platform for exchange of best practices and experience between participating States and relevant international organizations in the area of energy saving and efficiency;
    9. Encourages the participating States and OSCE to engage in activities aimed at raising awareness of consumers and stakeholders through dissemination of clear, credible and accessible information on energy efficiency;
    10. Acknowledges the need for developing public-private partnerships for improving energy efficiency in and across key energy-consuming sectors;
    11. Encourages the participating States to establish relevant tools and mechanisms to facilitate investments in energy saving and energy efficiency and scientific research in this area.