Tuesday, June 26, 2012

[biofuelwatch] en frances! Open Letter about the Sustainable Energy for All initiative  for signups [1 Attachment]



For your information and use!!!
Merci a Amis de la Terre……
Simone

Begin forwarded message:

From: Elise le Guil <elise@foei.org>
Subject: Re: [foei_africa] [[climate-energy] ] Stronger Open Letter about the Sustainable Energy for All initiative  for signups
Date: June 26, 2012 8:33:43 AM GMT-04:00
To: simone lovera <simonelovera@yahoo.com>

Hi Simone,
One of our great volunteer translated the SEFA letter into French. I will circulate it on the African list for our francophone groups in Africa but in case you need it, I have attached it to this message.
Kind regards,
Elise
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On 15-06-12 19:55, simone lovera wrote:
Hi Elise, that would be great, thanks!
Simone

On Jun 14, 2012, at 3:56 AM, Elise le Guil wrote:

Dear Simone,
I hope this email finds you well. I was wondering if you know if this letter has been translated into French already (or maybe the name of the person I should contact to check this). If not, I can find a volunteer to translate it in order to circulate it among the francophone groups of FoEI.
Thank you!
Elise
*****************************************  Elise Le Guil  Membership and Programs Officer  Friends of the Earth International  PO Box 19199  1000 GD Amsterdam  the Netherlands  tel: 31 20 622 1369  fax: 31 20 639 2181  e-mail: elise@foei.org  skype: foei_elise  web: www.foei.org  *****************************************  Friends of the Earth International  (FoEI) is the world's largest grassroots environmental federation with 76 national member groups and more than two million individual members.  *****************************************  Keep current with Friends of the Earth International by signing up to our bi-monthly newsletter Voices of the Earth - www.foei.org/en/get-involved/voices    

On 13-06-12 06:32, Bobby Peek wrote:

This is the letter that we signed off on at the Africa meeting. 

 

From: Simone Lovera [mailto:simonelovera@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2012 3:12 PM
To: Climate Justice & Energy WG; unfccc-foei@lists.foei.org; rio-20@lists.foei.org; agrofuels@lists.foei.org; Ambiental Sobrevivencia FoE Py
Subject: [[climate-energy] ] Stronger Open Letter about the Sustainable Energy for All initiative  for signups

 

Dear all,

 

Please find below an open letter about the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative that has been developed by a group of allied organizations in consultation with me and several other FoE-people. This letter is a bit stronger than the letter Pascoe sent to the lists earlier this week, it calls for a full rejection of the initiative in light of its open promotion of corporate interests. As regional coordinators of the agrofuels campaign of FoEI we are particularly worried about the way SEFA is promoting agrofuels and industrial bioenergy production - some corporate actors who are part of the panel have openly admitted that they see SEFA as a great vehicle to promote agrofuels, especially in Africa and other 'energy poor" regions.

 

While I recognize that the other letter calls for the exclusion of industrial bioenergy from SEFA as well, I don't think it makes sense for us to ask for greater civil society participation in an initiative that is so clearly corporate-driven.

 

So I very much hope FoEI and individual FoE-groups can sign up to this stronger letter.

 

Best wishes,

 

Simone

 

 

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From: Almuth Ernsting <almuth@ernsting.wanadoo.co.uk>

Subject: [cjn-rio] Open Letter about the Sustainable Energy for All initiative  for signups

Date: May 31, 2012 8:53:40 AM GMT-04:00

Reply-To: Almuth Ernsting <almuth@ernsting.wanadoo.co.uk>

 

Dear all,

People from a number of groups have put together an Open Letter: "Sustainable Energy for All Initiative- Using poverty and climate change as excuses to
increase corporate profits from energy provision". The idea is to present it to governments during Rio+20.

Its key message is:

"We call on Governments to reject the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SEFA).

The SEFA process and Action Agenda are deeply flawed and threaten to further entrench destructive, polluting and unjust energy policies for corporate profit
under the guise of alleviating energy poverty, while undermining community rights to energy sovereignty and self determination."

The text is both below and attached. If your group would like to sign, please email biofuelwatch@ymail.com with your group's name and country. Many
thanks.

Best regards,

Almuth


OPEN LETTER: Sustainable Energy for All Initiative- Using poverty and climate change as excuses to increase corporate profits from energy provision

We call on Governments to reject the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SEFA).

The SEFA process and Action Agenda are deeply flawed and threaten to further entrench destructive, polluting and unjust energy policies for corporate profit
under the guise of alleviating energy poverty, while undermining community rights to energy sovereignty and self determination.

Like the UN Global Compact, SEFA is another attempt to supersede multilateral UN decision-making processes with 'multi-stakeholder partnerships'
whose primary mission is to generate profits for private companies irrespective of impacts on people and the environment. Any initiative that seeks to
genuinely address the climate crisis and provide access to 'energy for all' must be based on the principle of energy sovereignty rather than on corporate
profits.

Reasons why SEFA is inherently flawed include:

1) SEFA is undemocratic, unaccountable and corporate-controlled:

SEFA, launched by the UN Secretary-General in September 2011, is led by a hand-picked High-Level Panel. Its principal members include energy, industrial
and finance corporations that are major investors in the fossil fuel economy and have a clear interest in benefiting from SEFA - such as Statoil, Eskom,
Siemens and Riverstone Holdings, while only five government representatives and three NGOs are involved1. There was no democratic or transparent
process to select group members.

SEFA's Action Agenda2, which will be put to Governments for endorsement and support at Rio, has been drawn up by this hand-picked High-Level Panel
without any open, public consultation, either with governments or civil society. Subsequent 'civil society consultations' by the SEFA Secretariat have had no
impact on the Action Agenda. Neither the Action Agenda nor SEFA's overall process and principles have been put out for any type of consultation.

SEFA foresees no role for communities other than as new energy consumers, 'recipients' and supporters of private-sector investments. The initiative
ignores the principle of free, prior and informed consent as well as all other basic rights, including rights to land and food and the right to self-determination.

2) SEFA's aim is even greater corporate control over energy policies and decision:

Public-private partnerships designed to favour ever greater corporate investments, expansion and profits lie at the heart of SEFA's vision and strategy.
Meanwhile, governments are expected to absorb more of the risks and costs of corporate investments in energy, for example through research and
development funding to facilitate subsequent private investment, and through the use of public funds for loan guarantees and risk mitigation . Energy
policies are to be drawn up 'in partnership' with corporations and thus for their benefit. Instead of holding corporations accountable for destructive and
polluting energy investments and for excluding communities from access to energy, SEFA's priority is to 'create a better investment climate', including for
corporations with major responsibility for the current ecological and social crises.

3) SEFA's goals are deeply inadequate:

SEFA's goals of "doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency" and "doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix" by 2030 are
entirely inadequate in the face of the climate crisis. The over-consumption of energy in the global North will not be addressed by energy efficiency alone.
Furthermore, according to SEFA the goal of 'energy access' in developing countries is independent from the renewable energy and energy efficiency calls. It
can thus be met through any type of polluting and destructive energy. SEFA's goals would thus allow for an overall growth in energy use and carbon
emissions – including expanding fossil fuel consumption.

4) SEFA promotes dangerous, unsustainable and unproven types of energy generation:

SEFA explicitly promotes and facilitates new fossil fuel investments, including for example a gas pipeline and processing infrastructure in West Africa3.
Finance initiatives for oil pipelines are cited as 'examples'4. No type of industrial energy generation, however polluting and destructive has been excluded
from SEFA's definition of 'sustainable energy' – with at least one government looking at the potential for nuclear power investments to progress SEFA's
aims5. Waste incineration is listed as a positive example in the Action Agenda.

SEFA indiscriminately promotes all types of 'modern', i.e. industrial bioenergy, including agrofuels and electricity from biomass, as well as large scale
hydroelectric power as 'sustainable' despite well known and well documented negative impacts on communities, ecosystems and the climate. SEFA has
already been cited as a justification for new finance for mega-dams (by the World Bank)6 and for corporate investments in land-grabbing for agrofuels7.

Even where a technology could, in principle, improve people's lives and minimise climate change – such as clean and efficient cookstoves – actual
investments may offer few or no benefits. For example, cookstoves that are being promoted by a SEFA-supported initiative8 have already been shown to
offer no actual improvement to indoor pollution and thus people's health9.

Sustainable energy must mean a rapid phasing out of fossil fuels. However, this does not mean replacing them with other harmful types of energy
generation. Agrofuels, large-scale hydro power, nuclear energy, "more efficient" fossil fuel combustion and more natural gas exploitation will not serve the
interests of people or the planet. Energy "access for all" must address both energy poverty and energy overconsumption. It must also address humanity's
footprint on planetary systems, given that we are dangerously close to and in some cases clearly beyond various tipping points. Those who are energy poor,
including in particular women, need access to energy that really is sustainable and renewable, while those who are over-consuming must reduce energy
consumption. This means that the high-energy development model of rich countries must be changed and must not be replicated in the global South by
corporations – as SEFA seeks to do. There are many examples of community-driven, genuinely sustainable initiatives that contribute to energy sovereignty
for women and men that can be replicated. Far from moving in the right direction, the SEFA initiative is poised to further entrench corporate control of energy
policies and investments in polluting, destructive and socially exclusive forms of energy generation.


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