Resolution on Energy Security

APPF14-RES-16

14th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
15-20 January 2006

Resolution on Energy Security

APPF14/RES/16

(Sponsored by Indonesia, Japan, Russian Federation)

The 14th Annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF):

Recognizing that energy is vital for economic growth and development and that reliable and affordable supplies of energy are essential for sustained economic growth, people’s prosperity, as well as the political and social stability;

Expressing concern about the impact of high energy prices caused by the supplydemand imbalance on the world’s economy, particularly the Asia Pacific region’s economy;

Noting that access to adequate, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally safe sources of energy is essential to the economic, social and environmental well-being of the region, as stipulated in the Gleneagles Plan of Action on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development adopted in Gleneagles G8 Summit in July 2005;

Recognizing the critical need for improving energy efficiency and encouraging energy savings, expanding cross-border trade in energy resources, attracting investment and fostering technology development;

Emphasizing the need to ensure development of energy resources in such a way as to contribute to poverty eradication, economic growth and environmental pollution abatement;

Recognizing the growing importance of peaceful use of nuclear and hydrogen energy;

Offering the deepest condolences to the victims of the hurricane “Katrina” in the United States, and appreciating the International Energy Agency (IEA) and its members’ initiative for the oil price stability that decided to release the oil stockpile so as to mitigate the impact of the hurricane disaster on the international energy market;

Convinced that efforts for the implementation of appropriate energy policies and the promotion of long-term energy cooperation among and by both producing and consuming countries participating in APPF should contribute to the enhancement of energy security in the whole international community as well as the Asia Pacific region;

Convinced that parliaments can play a more active role in ensuring and preserving energy security through their available functions and mandates;

RESOLVES TO:

1. Achieve a common understanding among the energy producing and consuming APPF member countries, and deepening of mutual understanding and cooperation among all energy producing and consuming countries in the world;

2. Request all the energy producing APPF member countries to increase energy production, transport capacities, maintenance and development, to improve and secure investment environment that enables new exploration. Also request all the energy consuming countries to take measures necessary to improve refinery capabilities.

3. Recommend the APPF member countries to perform policy restructurization and measures expansion that ensure diversification of energy supply resources by developing and using indigenous energy supplies; and to encourage cooperation so that any use of nuclear power energy is consistent with the existing international frameworks;

4. Welcome and support the Joint Oil Data Initiative under the recognition that it is important to improve the transparency of the international energy market in order to avoid the destabilization of the market caused by speculations and other factors, and encourage all countries to introduce oil stockpiling system, as well as to promote the cooperation for appropriate technology-transfer, to minimize the risk of energy supply disruption caused by terrorism, natural disaster and etc;

5. Request the APPF member countries to make efforts in introducing clean energy including renewable energy, implementation of eco-friendly energy policies, and appropriate technology-transfer among the member countries with a view to achieving the both goals of the environmental preservation and sustainable development, as a response to global environment issues that were mentioned in the Joint Communiqué issued at the 13th APPF Annual Meeting;

6. Urge parliaments to render political support for the development and use of renewable energy. In this respect, parliaments should also consider, where appropriate, enacting laws which promote the development and usage of renewable energy and provide incentive for energy saving effort.



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