At a conference last week in Bonn, Germany, senior officials from 154 nations including the United States signed onto a communiqué committing to a substantial increase “with a sense of urgency” in the percentage of renewable sources in meeting global energy needs.
Reportedly the delegates did not set specific targets or timetables as a concession in order to get the Bush administration on board. Bush has said he favors the “invisible hand” of the free market over government regulation.
“Renewable energies, combined with increased energy efficiency, will become a most important and widely available source of energy and will offer new opportunities for cooperation among all countries,” said the communiqué.
Delegates also issued a set of policy guidelines for moving the development of renewable energy sources forward. These guidelines include 165 detailed promises by governments and corporations for promoting solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, wave and hydro power.
Delegates are optimistic that a follow-up meeting will take place by the end of 2006, perhaps in China, which has established itself as a pioneer in the development and implementation of renewables.