Governments renew their green energy vows

Beijing conference "sends strong signal" on renewable energy; Dimas backs 25% target for Europe

Seventy-eight governments reconfirmed their commitment to more renewable energy at a major conference in Beijing, which ended on Tuesday. The current global situation, including high oil prices, "provides an unprecedented opportunity" for transforming energy systems and closing the energy divide between poor and rich, they said in a declaration.

The conference follows a pledge to boost renewables at the 2002 Johannesburg world sustainability summit. This was followed up aggressively by the German government, which organised a similar world renewables conference in Bonn last year (EED 04/06/04).

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