State of Renewable Energy in Europe, 2008 Edition
In 2008, the EU has confirmed its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2020, to limit 20% energy consumption through improved energy efficiency, and to bring to 20% the share of renewable energy sources in the final energy consumption of the EU.
These commitments will be transposed into legislation, such as the new Renewable Energy Directive, which has been accepted in 2008. In response to the new Renewable Energy Directive, one of the first and most important measures in 2009 for Member States will be the development of their "Renewable Energy Action Plans". They will set the scene for local and regional investors, communities and industries, showing the way to building new energy infrastructure and creating new jobs and businesses in the energy sector, while providing great opportunity to face the economic crisis.
This latest publication, EurObserv'ER, produced with the support of the Intelligent Energy Europe Program (IEE), provides a reliable reference for experts and officials from Member States in charge of developing renewable energy action plans. In recent years, it has shown that its data are well correlated with the official statistics published by Eurostat, while being provided a year before them. It also offers interesting observations made by energy professionals, which influence trends and possible associated drivers.
The IEE program supports action across the Union to remove barriers that inhibit the growth of renewable energy markets.
It has a key role in supporting multinational teams of market players (experts, NGOs, governments, investors, industries and companies) to achieve the 2020 objectives so that they can be realized on the ground.
Read more and debate: RE in Europe in 2008