Energy secretary to tell EU governments "act now to preserve green growth"
Portuguese secretary of state for energy
Artur Trindade will today call on EU heads of state and government to set
ambitious targets for 2030 including a 40% renewable energy target and a target
for grid infrastructure.
Ambitious targets are the only way of
ensuring green growth in leading European industries such as the wind power
sector continues, he will say when he addresses the opening session of the
European Wind Energy Association's (EWEA) 2014 Annual Event in Barcelona this
Wind energy also allows countries to become
less dependent on fossil fuels - a new EWEA report, to be launched at the event
today, reveals that in 2012, the EU spent three times the cost of the Greek
bailout on fossil fuel imports.
EU heads of state and government will meet on 20-21 March to discuss the European Commission's 2030 climate and energy framework proposal, which contains an unambitious renewables target of 27%. A more ambitious 30% target would create 568,000 more jobs and save EUR260,000 in fossil fuel imports.
International Energy Agency executive director Maria van den Hoeven will also speak at the EWEA Annual Event opening session, as will conference chair and managing director of wind turbine manufacturer ENERCON, Hans-Dieter Kettwig.
More information and read EWEA's new report: www.ewea.org/annual2014
For more information:
Sarah Azau, EWEA
Tel: +32 2 213 18 38