Survey Says: Renewable Energy

An international survey conducted by the European Commission shows that Renewable Energy is a top priority for European citizens, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Brussels, Belgium – March 10, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] It also documents that research in Renewable Energies such as solar and wind is significantly more popular over other energy-related research in the European Union. “Energy policy should catch up with public opinion. The powerful public support for Renewable Energy over fossil fuels and nuclear power expressed by EU citizens should form an important basis in the shaping of future European energy policies,” said EWEA Policy Director Christian Kjaer. “In two decades Europe will be importing 70 percent of its energy unless we change direction: renewables can plug the gap in the European energy supply. Europe is not rich in oil, gas and coal but we have huge wind resources and European companies are world leaders at converting it into energy. Wind power and other renewables provide economic growth, security of energy supply, employment, and technology development which does not come at the expense of the environment.” The Eurobarometer survey was presented last week in Brussels by European Commissioner Philippe Busquin. According to the results: · 76 percent answered that the use of fossil fuels adversely affects air quality · 40percent of respondents stated that Renewable Energy sources will be the least expensive energy resource in 2050 compared to 7 percent for oil, 10 percent for nuclear fission, and 11 percent for solid fuels, such as coal. · 67 percent of respondents stated that Renewable Energy sources will be the best for the environment in 2050 compared to 2 percent for oil, 3 percent for nuclear fission, and 3 percent for solid fuels. · 69 percent of the European Union (EU) citizens support more Renewable Energy-related research compared to 13 percent for gas, 10 percent for nuclear fission, 6 percent for oil and 5 percent for coal. · 88 percent of EU citizens stated that global warming and climate change are serious issues which need immediate action · 75 percent answered that the use of fossil fuels contributes significantly to global warming and climate change
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