European MPs urge progress on renewables

Parliamentarians call for stronger treaty basis for supporting renewable energy growth

MPs from the European Parliament and national assemblies have called for further measures to boost the role of renewables in European energy supply, following a conference held in Madeira, Portugal, last weekend. In the Madeira statement, MPs welcomed the new draft directive on renewables promotion (ENDS Daily 10 May) but called on governments to agree a clearer treaty commitment to promotion of renewable energy and expressed concern over EU guidelines on state aids for environmental protection.

Organised by the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (Eufores) and the Madeira environment and energy agency (Aream), the meeting also ended with a call for national parliaments to hold an inter-parliamentary colloquium on energy policy, and for the EU to come up with a clear strategy on helping accession countries to achieve sustainable energy use. Eufores promotes achievement of 15% of EU primary energy from renewable sources by 2010, compared with the official target of 12%.

* In a related development, the European Commission yesterday adopted a communication reviewing progress in liberalising EU electricity markets and calling for faster steps towards a truly single market. Only four EU countries have so far opened 100% of their power markets to competition. Liberalisation has been repeatedly attacked in recent months for allegedly undermining the prospects for renewable energy and cogeneration.

Follow Up:
Eufores, tel: +34 91 383 3339; Aream, tel: +351 291 72 33 00. See European Commission press release on the internal electricity market, IP/00/485, dated 16/5/00 on Rapid.

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