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State of renewable energies in Europe, 2008 edition

In 2008, the EU confirmed its commitment to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas by at least 20% by 2020, to limit energy consumption 20% through improved energy efficiency, and bring to 20% share of renewable energy sources in the EU's final consumption of energy.

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.

The latter publication EurObserv'ER, with the support of the Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE), provides a reliable reference for experts and officials of Member States responsible for the development of action plans for renewable energy. In recent years, it has shown that its data were well correlated with the official statistics published by Eurostat, while a year before they provided. It also offers interesting observations made by professionals in the energy sector, which influence the trends and any associated determinants.

The IEE program supports actions across the EU to remove barriers that inhibit the growth of renewable energy markets.

It has a key role in supporting multinational market players teams (experts, NGOs, governments, investors, industries and enterprises) to achieve the objectives 2020 so they materialize on the ground.

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