Greenpeace celebrates European Parliament backing for renewable energy and efficiency research

Press release - June 15, 2006
Brussels, International — Greenpeace welcomed the European Parliament's decision, today, to earmark two-thirds of non-nuclear energy research funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency. This package, for the period 2007-2013, is expected to amount to roughly 1.6 billion euros.

Thermographic image showing heat loss from building (Vienna, Am Schöpfwerk residential estate).

"The European Parliament played to the best of their form today, and put on a great show for renewable energies and energy efficiency. Their vote is a goal in favour of the environment, competitiveness and innovation. It stops taxpayers money being wasted on unsustainable, fossil fuel-based technologies, which was a serious risk under the Commission's proposal," commented Frauke Thies, Greenpeace renewable energy campaigner.

The two-thirds package was adopted as an amendment to the proposal on funding for the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), at the European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg. The European Commission's proposal had not designated any split for particular energy sources within the 2.4 billion euro total (non-nuclear) energy package.

The European Commission must now revise its proposal to put to EU ministers in the Competitiveness Council, who will vote on the package in July.

"Greenpeace is looking to Research Commissioner Potočnik to take note of the Parliament's message and give funding priority to renewable energy and efficiency in its new research budget proposal, rather than expensive end-of-pipe options such as carbon capture and storage," Frauke Thies added.

Greenpeace criticised the Parliament, however, for waving through a vast amount of cash for nuclear energy research, worth up to 4 billion euros for the same funding period. "This support for nuclear energy is a shameful own goal by the Parliament, which leaves a threatening legacy for the future," said Thies.

Other contacts:

Frauke Thies, EU renewable energy policy campaigner, Greenpeace European unit, tel +32 477 790415
Katharine Mill, media officer, Greenpeace European Unit, tel+32 496 156229


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