Europe 'in need of renewable energy'

15 Nov 2010
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Europe 'in need of renewable energy'

Renewable energy, rather than rhetoric regarding a low-carbon future, is needed for Europe, it has been claimed.

The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) said that there should be a clear focus on developing Europe's renewables sector.

Criticising the European Commission's Energy 2020 document, EREC argued that policy should focus on extending Europe's leadership with regards to renewable energy.

President of the organisation Professor Arthouros Zervos said that EREC supports proposed developments such as improved grid infrastructure and the development of smart cities.

"However, instead of an undefined low-carbon rhetoric the EU needs a stable framework for renewable energy leading up to 2030 and a clear vision for achieving 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050," said Professor Zervos.

He added that a stable, well-balanced internal energy market would help to provide a level playing field.

Governments should support European countries working in the renewables sector, he said, noting that such companies help to create numerous jobs and that continued growth is important for the sector.

The EREC was created in 2000 to represent organisations working within Europe's renewable energy sector.
 

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