EU announces initiative on renewable energy

Sep 04, 2002 02:00 AM

The European Union announced – on the closing day of the Earth Summit -- a declaration on boosting the use of renewable energy, and invited other nations to join. The EU said it would go beyond the summit's agreement reached on renewable energy which included no firm targets or timetables.
"We have adopted, or will adopt, such targets for the increase of renewable energy and we encourage others to do likewise," the declaration said. It was said that renewable energy "can provide important new ways to reduce pollution, diversify and secure energy supply and help provide access to energy in support of poverty eradication".

The issue of renewable energy was a contentious issue at the summit with Brazil and the EU demanding firm targets and timetables on boosting the global use of renewable energy. The United States, backed by the oil-producing countries, had strongly resisted targets on the issue and soft wording merely calling for a "substantial increase" in the use of renewable energy.
Brazil announced it would boost its own national use of new renewable energy -- only clean energy such as solar, wind and geothermal -- to 10 % by the year 2010. Brazil proposed this as a global target and was supported by such countries as Norway, Mexico, the Caribbean and Pacific island nations.

Source: Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
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