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The global voice  for consumers La voix des Consommateurs  à travers le monde La voz global para la defensa  de los consum...
What CI want to see for developing countries in a global charter on energy services October, 2007 Bjarne Pedersen Head of ...
Introduction <ul><li>Energy is essential for development. Yet two billion people currently go without, condemning them to ...
Introduction <ul><li>fifty six per cent of the world’s rural population does not have access to electricity </li></ul><ul>...
The need for an Energy Charter <ul><li>Many people need greater access to energy sources. Naturally, we all want to see co...
Non-integrated systems   <ul><li>The charter and the standards emanating from it should be applied to non-integrated syste...
Equitable distribution of service <ul><li>The principle of equitable distribution of service. If the existing networks are...
C ontractual rights to service <ul><li>There should be contractual rights to service. The contracts should be ‘implicit’, ...
Public participation in the regulation of the service <ul><li>There needs to be public participation in the regulation of ...
Payment methods <ul><li>Payment methods should be developed to help those on low incomes.  For example it is well establis...
Pricing <ul><li>Prices need to be set in function of a range of factors including capacity to pay of the population, costs...
For more information <ul><li>www.consumersinternational.org </li></ul>
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Presentation to Consumers International 18th World Congress Fringe Event 29 October 2007 see www.choicevoice.com.au/cicongress

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  1. 1. The global voice for consumers La voix des Consommateurs à travers le monde La voz global para la defensa de los consumidores
  2. 2. What CI want to see for developing countries in a global charter on energy services October, 2007 Bjarne Pedersen Head of Policy and Advocacy Consumers International
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Energy is essential for development. Yet two billion people currently go without, condemning them to remain in the poverty trap. We need to make clean energy supplies accessible and affordable. We need to increase the use of renewable energy sources and improve energy efficiency. (Kofi Annan) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>fifty six per cent of the world’s rural population does not have access to electricity </li></ul><ul><li>electricity accounts for 38 per cent of worldwide CO2 emission </li></ul><ul><li>in countries where less than five per cent of the population is poor, per capita energy consumption is four times higher than in countries where more than 75 percent of the population lives under the poverty line. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The need for an Energy Charter <ul><li>Many people need greater access to energy sources. Naturally, we all want to see consumers climb above the poverty line. But the world as a whole needs to consume more carefully, to protect both its current environment and security of supply for future generations. So we need to develop a viable service which is financially and environmentally sustainable and which remains within the limits of consumer affordability – sustainable access . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Non-integrated systems <ul><li>The charter and the standards emanating from it should be applied to non-integrated systems that is to those systems which are not necessarily physically connected. </li></ul><ul><li>Off-grid’ systems such as highly localised solar panel based systems or micro-hydro services or even simpler systems such as battery charging or kerosene or liquid gas cylinder distribution systems. </li></ul><ul><li>If people are not served by a public system they should have the right to know when they will be served. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Equitable distribution of service <ul><li>The principle of equitable distribution of service. If the existing networks are subject, as many are, to cuts in supply then such cuts should be managed in an equitable manner, avoiding discrimination against poor districts which is common in so many countries </li></ul>
  8. 8. C ontractual rights to service <ul><li>There should be contractual rights to service. The contracts should be ‘implicit’, that is not necessarily in the form of individualised paper contracts for individual households. Of course contractual rights need to be written down in order for people to exercise their rights but the individual should be able to assert rights when not in possession of a written contract. </li></ul><ul><li>This is of particular importance to the one sixth of the world’s adults that are illiterate. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Public participation in the regulation of the service <ul><li>There needs to be public participation in the regulation of the service, This requires the development of forums for such participation and the release of relevant information in comprehensible form. </li></ul><ul><li>There needs to be provision for disclosure of information regarding service contracts between for example local government and service providers. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Payment methods <ul><li>Payment methods should be developed to help those on low incomes. For example it is well established that consumers on low incomes much prefer to make frequent small payments, and in doing so often prove to be no less willing to pay than more wealthy consumers. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Pricing <ul><li>Prices need to be set in function of a range of factors including capacity to pay of the population, costs of production, historic prices and rate of return on capital (regardless of public or private). </li></ul><ul><li>There is no fixed answer as to which factor should predominate that is a matter for local political decision. </li></ul><ul><li>We also propose that the allowed cost of capital be restricted to a ‘fair return. The above principles for price setting are universally applicable not just in developing countries. </li></ul>
  12. 12. For more information <ul><li>www.consumersinternational.org </li></ul>
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