HAVING REGARD to Article 5 (b) of the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14th December 1960;

HAVING REGARD to the Recommendation of the Council of O.E.E.C. of 23rd November 1956 concerning Action in the Field of Energy and its amendments approved by the Council on 30th September 1961 [Doc. Nos C(59)172 - OECD/C(61)15];

HAVING REGARD to the Report of the Energy Committee of 20th December 1961 on the Effects on Public Health of the Use of the Various forms of Energy [Doc. No. OECD/C(61 )97];

I.            AGREES:

1.            The Governments of the Member States shall, with a view to solving problems common to certain of them, compare within the Organisation their regulations on the effects on public health of the use of the various forms of energy.

2.            The work undertaken by the European Productivity Agency of the O.E.E.C. on the measurement of polluting agents with a view to establishing criteria of noxiousness should be actively pursued in co-operation with the other international organisations concerned.

II.           RECOMMENDS the Government of each Member State to consider whether progress in reducing air pollution can be made by:

(a)        improving fuel conditioning;

(b)        adapting heating appliances to fuels and improving their combustion devices, conditions of installation, maintenance and technical supervision;

(c)        installing and extending collective and town heating;

(d)        promoting rational use of the various sources of energy with a view, in particular, to lessening pollution due to improper use and loss of energy;

(e)        improving the efficiency and tuning of internal combustion engines;

(f)         determining the weather conditions which favour air pollution and the corresponding precautions to be taken in using the various forms of energy.

In adopting this Recommendation, the Council:

1.            TOOK NOTE of the statements by the Delegates for Canada and the United Kingdom who, although accepting this Recommendation, lodged a reservation;

2.            INSTRUCTED the Energy Committee to await further instructions from the Executive Committee before pursuing its work in this field.