For Immediate Release
June 20, 2005
Energy Security, Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Economic Development
The United States and the European Union share a long tradition of
working together to promote strong economic growth and improve energy
security. We pursue this through such mechanisms as the International
Energy Agency, the G-8 initiatives and the Bonn "Renewables 2004"
By working together the European Union and the United States intend
to cooperate to promote sound energy policies, improve energy security
and foster economic growth and development. We recognize the need for
stronger actions to increase energy security and reduce the economic
impact of high and volatile energy prices.
We recognize that one of the greatest needs for developing
countries today is to provide the basic energy services necessary to
lift their citizens out of poverty. We believe that the advancement
and deployment of technology can contribute to the solution of the
problem. By developing clean, efficient, affordable energy
technologies for the longer term, while continuing to improve and
deploy the current generation of lower-emission technologies, we can
help all nations, including developing countries, meet the energy needs
of their people and grow their economies.
The European Union and the United States recognize the important
potential that can result from further efforts. We will continue to
address energy efficiency through effective policy measures and
technology, and focus our efforts on achieving security of supply and
helping the developing world to address energy challenges.
To further these objectives, the United States and the European
Union will focus their activities in the following areas of common
- Working in partnership with developing countries to help them reduce poverty by promoting energy efficient policies and the use of renewable energy sources, as well as deploying advanced, efficient, affordable energy technologies to help meet their energy needs.
- Working together through the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum to foster the development and deployment of clean, efficient technologies, especially in key developing economies, as global reliance on fossil fuels, particularly coal, continues.
- Promoting our work on hydrogen technologies and the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy.
- Working together to ensure the continued safe operation of existing nuclear generation and to exchange experience on nuclear safety measures and control. We take note of the efforts of those states who will continue to use nuclear energy to develop more advanced technologies that would be safer, more reliable, and more resistant to diversion and proliferation.
- Continuing work to advance all forms of renewable energy, and to promote the use of renewable and energy efficiency technology and policy measures, including promotion of energy conservation. As members of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), we will place a greater emphasis on cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities.
- Working together to promote the development, deployment and adoption of cleaner, more efficient diesel vehicle technologies, including by seeking to better align our regulatory standards for diesel engines and fuels.
- Working through the international Methane to Markets Partnership to capture and use methane as a clean-burning energy source from coal mines, landfills and oil and gas systems.
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