Consolidating European Renewables Strategy

The European Renewable Energy Council, has published the “Renewable Energy Export Strategy,” which calls for increased coordinated actions at EU level to strengthen the leading position of the EU Renewable Energy technology industry on world markets, ideally implemented by a European Renewable Energy Export Council.

Brussels, Belgium – April 17, 2003 [] “European Renewable Energy technologies play a leading role on the world market,” said Prof. Arthouros Zervos, president of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC). “For 2010, a €17 billion (US$18.5 billion) annual export business is predicted in this sector in Europe, creating potentially as many as 350,000 additional jobs. However, in order not to loose this position, a common approach at EU level is needed, which is ideally implemented by one single agent such as a European Renewable Energy Export Council.” A European Renewable Energy Council would be a powerful tool to actively promote European Renewable Energy technologies on world markets and would be needed as a strong counterpart to similar actors in the US, Australia and Japan, according to EREC. “The promotion of Renewable Energy technologies has a two-fold benefit for the EU industry on the one side and for the target export countries on the other side where Renewable Energy sources can significantly improve livings conditions and social welfare,” said Christine Lins, Secretary General of EREC. “It is therefore a win-win strategy for all parties involved.” The “RES export strategy” gives an overview of the state-of-the-art of the different Renewable Energy technologies as well as their export potential. In addition to this, the document provides an overview of target countries for future export initiatives and identifies concrete measures to strengthen this market segment, which is dominated by small and medium sized enterprises.
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