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Committee calls on member States to use cleaner energy resources focusing on renewables

In a draft resolution adopted on 11 October 2016, the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) urges Council of Europe member States to ensure strict environmental and public health regulations are applied to the exploration and exploitation of non-conventional hydrocarbons.

While supporting the efforts of States to comply with their international obligations in combatting climate change, the committee recommends “that Council of Europe member States diversify their energy supplies and prioritize the use of cleaner and safer energy resources focusing on renewables”.

The Committee recalls that Council of Europe member States have the opportunity to take global leadership in developing sustainable alternatives to current energy production and consumption that excessively relies on fossil fuels.

It also recommends in particular that efforts be accelerated “to elaborate a trans-European plan with a view to ironing out the fluctuations in energy supply linked to the regional use of solitary renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power.”

The draft resolution, based on a report by Geraint Davies (United Kingdom, SOC), is due to be debated at the meeting of the Standing Committee in Nicosia (Cyprus) on 25 November 2016.