Conference kicks off EU renewable energy strategy
In a drive to implement renewable energy in the twenty-first century, a conference for the European Union's (EU) renewable energy strategy, will be held in Amsterdam on 26 and 27 May 1999. The conference, "Implementing Renewable Energy in the 21st Century" is planned to coincide with Sustain '99 - the World Sustainable Energy Fair.
The conference, a common EnR Altener Action, will provide a platform for the EU's "Campaign for Take-off", which sets out to achieve the following objectives by 2003:
- One million photovoltaic systems;
- 15 million square metres of solar collectors;
- 10,000 MW of wind turbine generators;
- 10,000 MW of CHP biomass installations;
- One million dwellings heated by biomass;
- 1,000 MW of bio-gas installations;
- 5 million tonnes of liquid bio-fuels.
These objectives are set out in the EC's White Paper for a Community Strategy and Action Plan and are intended to contribute to an overall target of doubling the share of renewable energy sources by 2010.
The strategy is now ready for implementation with the launch of the "Campaign for Take-off" initiative. Key sectors in the field of renewable energy will combine to meet these objectives at national and Community level.
The Commission will be involved with establishing the framework, providing financial and technical assistance, and coordinating actions. However, contributions will be needed from both the public and private sector in order to realize the ambitious objectives.
The Renewable Energy Partnership is a key element of this campaign. It consists of framework agreements for the implementation of projects involving renewable energy sources between the Commission and public authorities, industries, promoters and associations.
The full programme for the conference is available at:
For further information, please contact:
SUSTAIN '99 Conference organisers
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