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Wednesday, 09 September 2009

UNIDO releases final report for 2009 Vienna Energy Conference

VIENNA, 9 September 2009 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) today released the final report for the 22-24 June Vienna Energy Conference.

The Report offers six recommendations, including energy development goals for 2030, energy efficiency, accelerating energy research and development, the diffusion of energy technologies, strengthening UN-Energy, and global energy support.

The paper also suggests that “there is no single energy challenge, and energy issues cannot be addressed in isolation. There is no “easy fix”. The inter-relationships between energy, climate change, poverty, security, and economic development require that the energy challenges facing humanity be considered as part of an integrated environmental, economic, and social sustainability agenda. Integrated strategies and solutions are needed to meet multiple objectives simultaneously—failure to do so will mean that humanity and the planet will continue on their treacherous path of unsustainability.”

The Report concludes that energy remains at the core of every major economic, environmental, security, and developmental challenge facing humanity in the 21st century. “Current levels of access to energy services and patterns of energy use are unsustainable. Nothing less than an energy revolution will be sufficient to address these challenges and it needs to happen quickly,” says the Report.

The Vienna Conference, under the theme “Towards an Integrated Energy Agenda Beyond 2020, was organized by UNIDO, the Austrian Government, and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and brought together over 700 participants from 93 countries.

In 2009, UNIDO is organizing a series of conferences on green industry and renewable energy, including in Austria, the Philippines and Mexico.

A full summary of the Conference can be found at:

www.viennaenergyconference.org

and a concise summary of panel discussions at

www.iisd.ca/ymb/energy/iec2009