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Communication from the Commission: Biomass action plan, COM(2005) 628 final

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Energy is the key in helping Europe achieve its objectives for growth, jobs and sustainability. High oil prices put the spotlight on Europe's increasing dependency on imported energy.
The Union needs to respond strongly to this challenge. The central importance of energy policy in helping Europe to meet the challenges of globalisation was confirmed by the Union's heads of state and government at the informal Hampton Court summit in October 2005.
With this in mind, the Commission is carrying out a fundamental review of its energy policy. This will be the subject of a Green Paper in spring 2006, with three main objectives - competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply.
Essential elements of this policy are, within the context of stronger economic growth, the need to reduce energy demand; increase reliance on renewable energy sources, given the potential to produce them domestically and their sustainability; diversify energy sources; and enhance international cooperation. These elements can help Europe to reduce dependence on energy imports, increase sustainability and stimulate growth and jobs.
Success requires a coherent management of these objectives, within appropriate timetables. The process will include mechanisms to involve Member States, representatives of the European Parliament and stakeholders.
It is in this wider context of an integrated and coherent energy policy and, in particular, of the promotion of renewable energy sources that the Commission is presenting this action plan. It is just one component of the measures needed to achieve the objectives set out above - but an important one, since biomass presently accounts for about half of the renewable energy used in the EU.

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