Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Europe: Alternative Energy European Union (EU) - Stuck at 6%

The European Parliament

Brussel's EU Observer reports Europe's efforts to secure 12 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the end of this decade remain stuck at six percent, according to Energy Commissioner Loyola de Palacio.

Only six percent of the EU's current energy supply comes from renewable sources such as wind power and solar power, seven years after the goals were established.

Current use of renewable energy remains far short of a 12 percent target set for 2010, she said.

Speaking to industry representatives and the press in Brussels, Ms de Palacio described the EU's efforts as "stagnating" but said that the take up of biofuels should help achieve the goals.

"Bio-fuels should reach 5.75% of energy supply for transport by 2010", she told the audience.

However, the Commissioner, who leaves office next month, also noted that the EU's energy demands will grow by a fifth over the next 25 years, meaning a significant increase in use of renewables would be needed in real terms.

"In real terms their [renewables] production is rising, but against rising demand, their share of demand is more or less stagnant around 6%".

Ms Palacio is urging more be done to make renewable energy technologies competitive.

However according to the article companies such as Exxon continue to warn that renewable sources still do not look profitable - even with government subsidies.

That must be why those well known charities General Electric, BP and Royal Dutch Shell are investing in renewables.

EU Observer Article on Alternative Energy in European Union


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it too unrealistic, or just not worth the effort, for the government, either the US or the EU, to get together a few environmental engineers, mathematicians, economists, and politicians, chuck them into a room for a few hours/days, and say, "Look guys. Here's where we're at. We have x national debt, y amount to spend before 2010, and we need to know how many wind farms and solar energy systems to build in order to meet our goal."? Sure, the politicians would be the ones least likely to cooperate, but they're supposed to be doing what's best for the most, right? So that means they should forget about their party or about being reelected for a second and focus on what needs to get done. If the other people in the room could get that into his head, they'd be on the right course to getting this global problem figured out, as long as they continued to fight for it.
By the way, I'd recomend checking out MIT's Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) School Website right now. There's some pretty neat stuff going on there, and you can tell MIT is serious about leading us into the next generation of energy.

8:42 am, July 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The European Union and its member states are being urged by leading scientists to make a major multi million Euro commitment to solar driven production of environmentally clean electricity, hydrogen and other fuels, as the only sustainable long-term solution for global energy needs.

6:11 am, September 01, 2006  

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