German environment minister Jürgen Trittin has urged further increases in the use of renewable energy in speeches on two consecutive days. In Berlin yesterday, Mr Trittin marked the publication of a new book on renewable energy and sustainable development by calling on industry and consumers to use more renewables. Germany's objective to increase the proportion of power from renewable sources from 5% now to 10% by 2010 and to 50% by 2050 could be achieved without the use of nuclear power, he said. Recognising that this cannot be achieved through market forces alone, the German government has budgeted DM200m (euros 100m) for a package of incentives to stimulate demand. He then took the opportunity of a visit to a solar power centre in Freiburg to call on consumers to use more solar energy for their energy and heating requirements, saying environmental protection and employment could benefit equally from the its use. He stressed that renewable energy sources were an essential component of any effective climate protection strategy.
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