EU research deal signals renewables priority

Parliament approves FP7 compromise with "major part" of energy budget for renewables and end-use efficiency

The European parliament approved a second reading compromise agreement on the €54.58bn EU research programme for 2007 to 2013 (FP7) at its plenary session on Thursday.

The deal agreed by MEPs and ministers ensures at least half the programme’s €2.3bn non-nuclear energy budget will be spent on research into renewables and end-use efficiency (EED 18/07/06).  The remainder will support research into clean coal technologies, carbon capture and storage and hydrogen fuel.  Another €2.75bn is reserved for nuclear energy research.

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