Online platform offering policymaker toolkit for secure and renewable energy
11, 2009 - Focus.com
A new online platform launched by the World Future
Council provides policymakers throughout the world with tools to unleash sustainable
and renewable energy development.
The PACT website, which was originally
launched in November 2007, has been completely rebuilt and embraces eight new
policy recommendations on energy efficiency.
Dr Axel Bree, Policy Officer
and chief editor of the PACT website, says: “Our new website has been explicitly
designed for policymakers. We want to sensitise them to the urgent need to develop
sound renewable energy policies and increase energy efficiency but also emphasise
that, by promoting the renewable energy transition, thousands of jobs can be created
and money can be made. The unique aspect is that we don’t leave it at that but
combine this information with precise policy recommendations and suggestions of
how to implement them”.
The PACT website is divided into a section that
provides ‘a one step clearing house’ for designing ‘Feed-in Tariffs’ as best policies
to accelerate the development of renewable energy and into a series of eight sound
policy recommendations to reduce the overall energy demand.
There are policy
examples for the use of cooking stoves, which do not emit CO2 or other hazardous
fumes, but produce biochar, an organic, carbon-storing fertiliser.
electricity meters inform consumers about how they could save up to 10% of their
electricity costs by running the washing machine at off-peak times or turning
off appliances on stand-by. Congestion charges can mitigate traffic problems and
curb gasoline consumption in large cities while taking in funds for public transport
and cycling lanes, WFC says.
The website is complemented by a new booklet
that can be downloaded at onlinepact.org/1552.html or ordered from the WFC.