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Powering the European Unions Future

Funded under: FP5-EESD


The world community fears that using fossil fuels could lead in time to devastating climate change. It is progressively being accepted that 'something' must urgently be done to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.
At Kyoto, the European Union has led the international community in defining limits on the release of greenhouse gases. An Action Plan was agreed at Buenos Aires in November 1998.
The EU non-nuclear energy research programme (which embraces the entire range from basic research through to demonstration ) plays a critical role in the medium o long term, by feeding the market with technologies, processes and products which offer the potential to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
It also provides vital support for the Unions key policy objectives of reducing atmospheric pollution and improving the security of Europe's energy supplies -both of which are critical to the quality of life of its citizens.
First, research helps to cut pollution,by providing new technologies which allow our buildings, vehicles, manufacturing industries and electricity generation plants to use fossil fuels more efficiently. Second, research makes p9ossible the use of clean, renewable sources of energy - reducing the rate at which our oil reserves are consumed, and equipping us to produce the power we will still need when the oil starts to run out.
At the same time, the research programme makes a significant contribution to Europe's industrial competitiveness-for example, by helping to maintain Europe's global lead in the markets for renewable and clean coal technologies.
two factors in particular will tend to hinder attempts to promote clean or renewable technologies, necessitating a renewed research effort to reduce the environmental impacts of energy production and use.
First, the currently depressed price of oil reduces the competitiveness of cleaner alternative energy technologies, and makes oil production n less easily accessible fields unecono

Additional information

Authors: DG XII,
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18789 EN (1998) 44pp.
Availability: Available from OOPEC Sales agents
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-5745-9
Record Number: 199910407 / Last updated on: 1999-03-19
Original language: en
Available languages: en