3 October 2005
Preserving the environment by energy savings within the public sector and the Council of Europe
Motion for a recommendation
presented by Mr Schmied and others
This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it
Energy in general and energy saving in particular, as a way to reduce pollution, limit climate change and contribute to the preservation of the environment, has been since a long time on the list of the Assembly’s main topics of interest. The Assembly recalls inter alia its recent Resolution 1435 (2005) on energy systems and the environment.
Public administrations should make conservation and energy efficiency a priority and should be urged to take steps towards contributing to the preservation of the environment through better energy saving policies applied within their own areas of activity.
As a matter of fact, public administrations sometimes tend to neglect simple and cheap possibilities of saving energy. Asking civil servants to turn the lights off after business hours, inciting them to use public transportation instead of private cars for reaching the offices and reducing paper consumption would be only several examples of easy-to-do savings.
The Assembly invites member states to urge public administrations to save energy, among others by:
- installing solar panel systems on administrative buildings;
- encouraging civil servants to use public or shared transport to/from the offices;
- gradually replacing their fleet of cars and buses by environmentally-friendly ones;
- reducing energy consumption due to lighting, which can represent up to one third of the general electricity consumption in administrative buildings;
- using more efficient lighting and implementing electricity-saving technologies in administrative buildings;
- proceeding to recycling of paper and e-waste;
- developing a real energy-saving culture among civil servants.
The Assembly invites in particular the Council of Europe to have a leading role in saving energy by taking measures to reduce energy consumption, using environmentally- friendly technologies and making use of its position for influencing national administrations.
Signed (see overleaf)
SCHMIED, Walter, Switzerland, ALDE
ANNEMANS, Gerolf, Belgium, NR
ANTTILA, Sirkka-Liisa, Finland, ALDE
DORIĆ, Miljenko, Croatia, ALDE
DUIVESTEIJN, Adri, Netherlands, SOC
DUPRAZ, John, Switzerland, ALDE
ETHERINGTON, Bill, United Kingdom, SOC
FLYNN, Paul, United Kingdom, SOC
GUBERT, Renzo, Italy, EPP/CD
JAKAVONIS, Gediminas, Lithuania, ALDE
LENGAGNE, Guy, France, SOC
LOBKOWICZ, Jaroslav, Czech Republic, EPP/CD
MEALE, Alan, United Kingdom, SOC
NESSA, Pasquale, Italy, EPP/CD
PUCHE, Gabino, Spain, EPP/CD
1 SOC: Socialist Group
EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
EDG: European Democratic Group
UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
NR: not registered in a group