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Join the Global Energy Observatory - GEO

The recently created GEO looks for your cooperation to monitor the progress towards sustainability

By Helene Connor, coordinator, GEO

The Global Energy Observatory (GEO) is being created to report on energy by using a framework that can assess the progress on energy sustainability since Rio '92. While there is no specific chapter on energy in Agenda 21 and there is not an international body to oversee the energy field in its entirety, GEO, with the active cooperation of several international energy environment NGOs, will be useful for Rio + 5, as well as for future assessments of the energy situation.

An independent review and an analysis by the GEO Team will lead to the identification of a methodology and of the tools best suited to be used in a monitoring system that would ideally be simple, transparent, adaptable, and comprehensive enough to capture all meaningful data.

Some professionals already involved in energy studies are part of the Global Energy Observatory. This will guarantee the continuity, quality, and credibility of the reporting for Rio + 5, Rio + 7, Rio + 10, etc.

GEO is being structured along geographic and expertise criteria, such that, as much as possible, every constituency is represented and every part of the world is handled by people from their own region.

GEO is structured around a Steering Committee whose members are involved in the daily management of the project via e-mail. They provide active help and guidance to the GEO coordinator. They are:

· Dean Anderson, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, UK

· Emilio Lebre La Rovere, Coordinator of INFORSE Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

· Pierre Radanne Institut d'evaluation des strat√©gies sur l'√©nergie et l'environnement en Europe, INESTENE, Paris, France

· John Robinson, Sustainable Development Research Institute of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

· Fulai Sheng, WWF, Macroeconomics for Sustainable Development Program Office, Washington DC, USA

· Youba Sokona, ENDA-TM, Coordinator of INFORSE West Africa, Dakar, Senegal

· Andy Stirling, Greenpeace International, and Science & Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, City of Lewes, UK and

· Steve Thorne, an energy efficiency consultant in South Africa.

A Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee is being set up to advise the GEO Team in its efforts. The report for Rio + 5 is now being prepared by the Steering Group and will be presented in March at the Earth Council Workshop.

Members/reporters are asked to volunteer in GEO's work, especially if this type of monitoring is already somehow part of their daily routine. The role of GEO's very limited staff is to coordinate information flows that can help provide a global picture.

If you are willing to contribute to the monitoring of energy sustainability progress, contact:
GEO, 56, rue de Passy, 75016 Paris, France.
Ph: +33-1-4224-5148,
fax: +33-1-4224-8633,

INFORSE Participation

INFORSE participates with a special dimension of the GEO-project:

Collection and dissemination of NGO-driven success stories in sustainable energy.

For ideas and proposals to this, contact the INFORSE Secretariat