State of Renewable Energy in Europe, 2008 Edition
In 2008, the EU confirmed its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% by 2020, to limit energy consumption by 20% through improved energy efficiency, and to increase the share of renewable energy sources in EU final energy consumption to 20%.
These commitments will be transposed into legislation, such as the new renewable energy directive, which was 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 investors, communities and local and regional industries, showing the way for the construction of new energy infrastructure and for the creation of new jobs and new businesses in the energy sector, while providing a great opportunity to deal with the economic crisis.
This latest EurObserv'ER publication, produced with the support of the Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) program, provides a reliable reference for experts and officials from the Member States responsible for developing action plans for renewable energies. In recent years, it has shown that its data are well correlated with official statistics published by Eurostat, while being provided a year before them. It also offers interesting observations made by professionals in the energy sector, which influence trends and any associated determining factors.
The IEE program supports actions across the Union to remove barriers that inhibit the growth of renewable energy markets.
It has a key role in supporting the multinational teams of market players (experts, NGOs, public administrations, investors, industries and companies), to achieve the 2020 objectives so that they can materialize on the ground.
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