Organization of American States Summits of the Americas
Follow-up and Implementation: Mandates

ENERGY: Energy Production and Consumption

  1. We will foster energy efficiency and conservation in the public and private sectors, particularly in our transport systems, industrial sectors, commercial enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as at the household level, and will promote cleaner, more sustainable patterns of production and consumption. (Declaration of Port of Spain, 2009).

  1. Foster the creation and strengthening of transparent and predictable regulatory systems, which take into account the needs of the different parties involved. (Plan of Action Santiago, 1998).

  • II.5 Energy and Minerals Recognizing that the primary challenges to the attainment of sustainable development in this area include:

    • Promotion in the Hemisphere of the most economically and environmentally efficient means of production, transformation, transportation, and use of energy, through policies and programs that facilitate bilateral, subregional and regional trade, in energy-related goods and services;
    • Attention to global and local environmental concerns by making existing and future energy production and consumption cleaner and more efficient and by increasing the development and use of renewable energy and clean conventional fuels;
    • Increase in the distribution of energy services to under-served areas, especially rural and indigenous communities; and
    • Creation of an environmentally responsible and socially sensitive minerals and metals industry, recognizing the key role of mining in the development of the Americas; and
    • The Hemispheric Energy Ministers Meeting, which took place in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in 1996, where the key role of energy in advancing sustainable development in the Hemisphere was identified; and
    • The First Annual Conference of Mines Ministers of the Americas held in Santiago in 1996, which called for the economic, social, and environmental development of mining in the Americas, (Plan of Action Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 1996).

  • Initiative 62. Promote the introduction of cleaner and appropriate energy production and consumption technologies and options, such as those involving alternative fuels, through public and private sector technology exchange initiatives. (Plan of Action Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 1996).



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