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Council adopts specific programme on energy, environment and sustainable development

The Council of the European Union has decided to cover the issues of energy, environment and sustainable development in the Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (RTD) in a Decision on 25 January 1999 adopting a specific programme for the period ...
The Council of the European Union has decided to cover the issues of energy, environment and sustainable development in the Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (RTD) in a Decision on 25 January 1999 adopting a specific programme for the period up to 31 December 2002.

The amount for carrying out the specific programme is 2,125 million euro (see details below), with a maximum of 6.5% for the Commission's administrative expenditure.

Article 5 of the Decision requires the Commission to draw up a work programme, which includes the objectives and RTD priorities, including key actions, as follows.

A. Environment and Sustainable Development:

- (i) Sustainable management and quality of water. The overall goal of this key action is to produce the knowledge and technologies needed for the rational management of water resources, for tackling important problems such as water scarcity, and for networks for domestic needs and those of industry and agriculture, while maintaining the integrity of ecosystems;

- (ii) Global change, climate and biodiversity. The aim of this key action is to develop the scientific, technological and socio-economic basis and tools necessary for the study and understanding of changes in the environment, while aiming for an integrated approach;

- (iii) Sustainable marine ecosystems. The aim of this key action is to promote the development of sustainable integrated management of marine resources and to contribute to the marine aspects of environment and sustainable development policies of the EU. This action will contribute to better coordination of national marine policies, and therefore a continued commitment is required, all the more so because the European seas are among the most heavily used in the world. Synergy with other relevant activities of the Framework Programme will be ensured through a specific coordinating mechanism;

- (iv) The city of tomorrow and cultural heritage. The overall goal of this key action is to support sustainable economic development and competitiveness, improved urban management and integrated planning policy, and help safeguard and improve the quality of life and cultural identity of citizens. It will focus on the provision of an integrated socio-economic knowledge-base, and products, services, tools and technologies for better city management and on the environmental challenges, particularly in relation to reducing pollutant emissions.

B. Energy:

- (i) Cleaner energy systems, including renewables. The aim of this key action is to develop and demonstrate technologies and associated measures which will help minimise the environmental impact of the production and use of energy in Europe and be consistent with the energy policy objectives, including the reduction of the Community's dependence on imported energy. These will help preserve the ecosystem by reducing emissions at local and global levels and increasing the share of new and renewable energies. Accordingly action will be taken to investigate cleaner, most notably renewable, energy sources as well as to help reduce the environmental impact of existing fossil fuel use;

- (ii) Economic and efficient energy for a competitive Europe. The aim of this key action is to provide Europe with a reliable, clean, efficient, safe and economic energy supply for the benefit of its citizens, the functioning of society and the competitiveness of industry. A more efficient use of energy is required with technologies capable of achieving substantial overall cost reductions and reduction of energy intensity, environmental impact and external dependence. Action will need to be taken at all stages of the energy cycle - production, distribution and final use - to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Details of the amount of 2,125m euro for the specific programme "Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development", which is divided into two parts, as follows:

(Environment and Sustainable Development) 1,083m

- Key actions:

. Sustainable Management and Quality of water 254m;
. Global Change, Climate and Biodiversity 301m;
. Sustainable Marine Ecosystems 170m;
. The City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage 170m;

- RTD activities of a generic nature 119m;

- Support for research infrastructure 69m.

(Energy) 1,042m

- Key actions:

. Cleaner Energy Systems, incl. Renewables 479m;
. Economic and Efficient Energy 547m;

- RTD activities of a generic nature 16m.

Source: Council of the European Union, Research Secretariat

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