Vice-President Loyola de Palacio and José Folgado, Spanish Secretary of State for Energy handed-over the 2002 EU Awards of the Campaign for Take-Off. The Campaign for Take-Off rewards efforts made in promoting Renewable Energy and showcasing successful projects and initiatives all over Europe. For this third EU Awards edition, the winners represent 8 EU countries.Salamanca, Spain – December 10, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “The European Union is making steady progress in legislating in favor of renewables, be it with the renewables directive, now being implemented by member states, with the energy efficiency in buildings directive, adopted in record time, or with the biofuels directive on which discussions are progressing. But legislation can sometimes be a dead letter without a true involvement from stakeholders. This is why I am particularly thrilled to see that on the ground innovative renewables projets are implemented throughout the European Union,” said Loyola de Palacio. The winners which represent 8 EU countries are the following: · “Energy 21” The energy action plan of upper Austria; · Campagne pour le décollage des sources d’énergie renouvelables (Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie France); · Renewable Energy Sources and rational Use of Energy (City of Munich Germany); · Yeleen Kura: a decentralized service company for rural electrification in Mali (Electricité de France Nuon France The Netherlands); · Sustainable Energy Action in Powys (Powys County Council – United Kingdom); · The Municipality of Gotland: a Renewable Energy island in the Baltic Sea (Sweden); · Ecopower gathers flemish citizens to invest in Renewable Energy (Ecopower cvba Belgium); Sustainable Island programme (Ministry for the Environment Italy). · The Campaign for Take-Off launched in 2000 is designed to kick-start investment in Renewable Energy and to underpin credibility by achieving substantial investment by 2003. It encourages public and private institutions and organizations to promote Renewable Energy and sets out quantifiable targets for the Campaign key sectors, including communities planning for 100 percent energy provision from Renewable Energy sources. The first two annual Awards Competitions took place in 2000 and 2001 in Toulouse, France and Brussels, Belgium. In total, 13 Renewable Energy Partnerships were selected in 2000 and 2001 as leading projects with a substantial contribution to the Campaign for Take-Off.