EU urged to develop sustainable energy charter

Renewable energy forum calls for European renewables target to be increased to 15%

The European Commission has been urged to develop an effective and comprehensive charter on sustainable energy by an independent organisation aiming to promote the use of renewable energy. The European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (Eufores) said member states should come up with common policies to promote energy efficiency and thus reduce overall consumption, increase the use of renewable energy and give priority when using convention sources to those generating least pollution. The proposals, known as the protocol of Wels, would build on the Commission's white paper on doubling use of renewables to 12% by 2010 (ENDS Daily 27 November 1997). They were approved last week by more than 500 delegates from 55 countries attending a meeting in Wels, Austria, to mark world sustainable energy day. Eufores, a Madrid-based association with more than 65 members, has called for the EU's renewables target to be increased from 12% now to 15%.

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