Canada 'to catch up with Europe on renewable energy'

20 Aug 2010
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Canada 'to catch up with Europe on renewable energy'

Canada is aiming to catch up with Europe with regards to the usage and production of renewable energy.

Prince George mayor Dan Rogers stated that the country is not doing enough to support renewable energy, although it produces the wood pellets used by many other countries for this purpose.

Speaking to British Columbia newspaper the Globe and Mail, he said: "We are not seizing the full opportunities by shifting to what is, in essence, a renewable energy source."

It is estimated that only six per cent of the wood pellets produced in British Columbia are currently used to produce renewable energy for homes in the region, with the rest exported.

This comes after senior policy officer at the Campaign to Protect Rural England Dustin Benton stated in a piece for the Guardian that Europe could use solar energy produced in Africa to power its homes.

German physicist Gerhard Knies made the suggestion and claimed the new renewable energy source could enable the continent to meet its 2020 carbon emissions reduction targets. 

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