EU Parliament Earmarks Billions for Renewables Research

Surrey, UK [Environmental Data Interactive] The EU parliament has assigned two-thirds of the next seven years’ energy research funding to renewables and energy efficiency. An amendment to the Seventh Framework Programme as proposed by the European Council will ensure that Euro1.6bn out of the Euro2.4bn energy R&D funding goes to clean energies and minimizing energy use. … Renewable industry and environmental groups welcomed Parliament’s decision. … Environmental campaign group Greenpeace also welcomed the funding boost, calling the vote a “goal in favour of the environment, competitiveness and innovation.” But Greenpeace criticised Euro MPs for “waving through” Euro4bn in nuclear energy funding for the same seven-year period under the same research funding package – almost three times as much as the renewables research funding.
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