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Renewable energy action plan to be examined at Madrid conference

Announcing the Madrid conference on "An Action Plan for Renewable Energy Sources" which is to take place on 16-18 March 1994, Mr. Abel Matutes, Commissioner responsible for Transport and Energy, emphasized the Commission's commitment to the support of this form of energy.

He ...

16 March 1994 - 16 March 1994
Spain

Announcing the Madrid conference on "An Action Plan for Renewable Energy Sources" which is to take place on 16-18 March 1994, Mr. Abel Matutes, Commissioner responsible for Transport and Energy, emphasized the Commission's commitment to the support of this form of energy.

He underlined that European energy policy must be able to resolve the essential elements of competitivity, protection of the environment, security of supply and economic growth in developing countries. This latter will bring about an increase in energy consumption.

In this context, renewable energies have a major role to play. A plan of action is in preparation and will be debated at the Madrid conference. Mr. Matutes considers that this plan should serve as the basis for a "European Renewable Energy Charter", permitting the development of a coherent global policy with the objective that renewable energies shall provide 15% of primary energy used by the year 2010.

The action plan will define the local, regional, national and Community responsibilities for the implementation of this policy, both in the public sector and in industry. It will put forward an initial package of actions which will be carried out at all stages of the process. These include RTD actions, dissemination and support for market penetration.

It is intended that the plan will provide a framework permitting renewable energy resources to contribute, in the short term, to European energy production.

Six working groups of high-level experts have prepared the base documents which will be discussed at the conference. Five of these have a sector-related approach (solar thermal, solar voltaic, biomass and waste, wind, small hydropower and sea energy) while the sixth will integrate common aspects of renewable energy sources (also including geothermal energy).
For details of the Madrid conference, contact:

Conference Secretariat "Action Plan for Renewable Energy in Europe"
c/o Fundacion Canovas del Castillo
Calle Marques de la Ensenada, 14
Centro Colon, 3 Planta, Officina 25
E-28004 Madrid
Tel. +34-1-3195904/-3195908; Fax +34-1-3198258

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