Japan, the United States and European countries will jointly propose at this year’s Group of Eight summit meeting that an international organization be established to study and evaluate the energy-saving measures of countries including China and India, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

The launch of the organization is part of international efforts to provide emerging large consumers of energy with the advanced energy-saving know-how of developed countries, and study the effectiveness of such measures.

It is believed this may have some influence on discussions to formulate a framework for measures to combat global warming in the post-Kyoto Protocol era.

The new organization will be funded by Japan, the United States and European countries, with the International Energy Agency in Paris being considered as a possible location for the new body’s headquarters.

Discussions on the new confederation will get under way during a preparatory meeting for the energy ministers of the G-8 countries, set to be held on Jan. 22 and 23.

The energy ministers will meet again in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture in June and the new international organization will be formally proposed at the G-8 summit meeting in Hokkaido the following month.

According to sources, the new body will develop indicators for energy conservation based on measures introduced by developed countries relating to the amount of energy consumed by vehicles, home appliances and the industrial sector.

By employing these indicators, the organization will analyze measures adopted by G-8 and IEA member nations, including China and India, and encourage them to take further steps where necessary. The new institution also will study the effects of the suggested measures after their implementation.

Therefore, the new entity is expected to act as a kind of international command center in the fight against global warming.

The IEA estimates that about 45 percent of the increase in global primary energy demands through 2030 will come from China and India.

In recent years, China has increased its export of electrical appliances and automobiles. Demand for automobiles is expected to rise sharply in India in the near future.

It is believed the targeted introduction of advanced energy-saving technologies in these two countries could help reduce burgeoning global energy consumption.

There is a considerable gap between developed countries and emerging and developing nations over the post-Kyoto Protocol framework aimed at tackling global warming.

But Japan, the United States and European countries plan to press forward with discussions on the new framework using the new organization as a driving force.

The IEA – comprising 27 oil-consuming countries that also belong to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – works to secure petroleum and other energy supplies via a system based on reserving oil.

The establishment of the new body will boost the promotion of energy-saving efforts around the world, as well as placing new responsibility on the IEA.


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