|Posted by Reacción Climática on 3 Ee abril Ee 2014 a las 14:50|
10th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Focus Area 7: Energy
Thank you Mr. Chair,
My name is Carmen Capriles from Reacción Cimática and speaking on behalf of the MGs Women, Youth, Indigenous Peoples and international networks including Slowcat and IBON and others, representing over 1000 organizations worldwide.
We support the inclusion of both standalone and cross cutting goals and targets on energy. A standalone goal on energy can set the stage of moving the humanity forward to renewable energy and away from the old development paradigm that heavily relies upon fossil fuels.
We recommend however, to entitle this section “safe, renewable and environmentally-friendly energy” in contrast to Business as Usual. This focus area should aim at community-based small-scale decentralized renewable energy systems, which offer a cost- and environment-friendly alternative to resource extraction, processing, and infrastructure development that are associated with fossil fuels.
The focus area 7 currently does not sufficiently address the existing drawbacks of unjust and unsustainable energy systems which harm the environment, climate, communities, and especially women. A transformative Post 2015 agenda must address this power imbalance – of the continuing corporate influence/control in the way the world produces, distributes and consumes energy at the expense of the people and the planet. For example, targets should be set to reduce the energy intensity of transport systems through modal shift to lower carbon transport (e.g. public transport, rail, water, cycling), move from single care ownership to shared ownership systems and improved efficiency (especially fuel economy of cars).
We are concerned about the definition of energy as used in your document, co-chairs. Special attention needs to be paid on what is being offered as ‘modern’ sources of energy since experiences from nuclear energy have shown that these can result even more detrimental economic, health and environmental impacts. We thus recommend to apply the precautionary principle to define ‘modern’ energy - it should be defined as safe, renewable and environmentally friendly energy and recognize the high cost of externalities of nuclear and fossil fuel based energy.
We call for the following guiding principles for this section:
We therefore call for following targets:
And finally, we need a target 7: by 2020 perverse incentives such as carbon offsets should be eliminated.
Thank you Mr. Chair!