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MEPs urge action on renewable energy

The Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC)

PRESS RELEASE

MEPs URGE SARKOZY AND BARROSO TO BACK EURO-MED SUPERGRID AND MEDITERRANEAN SOLAR PLAN

2008-07-17

A cross-party group of MEPs, 25 in all, have sent a letter to Nicolas Sarkozy,
President of the European Council, and to José Manuel Barroso, President of the
European Commission, urging the Council and Commission to take action to promote renewable energy and to support the development of the infrastructure that will be required.

German Green MEP Rebecca Harms and Finnish MEP Sirpa Pietkäinen have
issued a joint comment on their initiative:

There is huge potential for renewable energy from solar, wind, wave,
hydro and geothermal sources in Europe and the Mediterranean. We are
convinced that a 'supergrid' that would enable local renewable
sources to contribute towards energy needs in their wider region.
Europe's mountain rivers offer immense potential for energy storage,
further increasing security of supply. The major hurdle to harness
this potential is not technical know-how but political will.

We call upon the Council and the Commission to investigate the
prospects of a 'supergrid' and to identify possible sites for large-
scale solar power plants in Southern Europe. The Council and the
Commission must show that they are serious about the fight against
climate change. In light of rising fossil fuel prices and given the
numerous risks of nuclear power, it is high time for a major shift to
renewable energy sources such as sun, wind, and water.

German Green MEP Rebecca Harms added:

The French 'plan solaire' proposals need to be combined with the
discussions about the 'Union for the Mediterranean'. We want to draw
Mr. Sarkozy's attention to the huge potential of renewable energy
sources. Nuclear cannot be the answer to our future energy supply. He
should show leadership as President of the European Council and
refrain from pushing the business interests of the French nuclear
industry while concerns remain on the safety of nuclear technology
and the risk of proliferation.

Finnish PPE-ED MEP Sirpa Pietkäinen said:

Europe has a wonderful opportunity to combine the objectives of
sustainable development in Africa and non-polluting energy for the
benefit of both sides of the Mediterranean. The EU has a 5-10 year
window of opportunity to solve the challenges posed by climate
change, and to build our energy supply and economies on a sustainable
base. This will also have a positive effect on European industry. The
decisions to act have to be taken now. The green energy initiative
needs to be put into practice already during the French presidency.

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NOTES

The text of the letter to Presidents Sarkozy and Barroso may be downloaded from http://www.trec-uk.org.uk/resources/letter_to_barroso_and_sarkozy_en.pdf

More information about the Euro-Med supergrid and Mediterranean Solar Plan may be found at http://www.desertec.org/ and http://www.trec-uk.org.uk/ .

Endorsements of these proposals are detailed on http://www.trec-uk.org.uk/endorsements.html .

CONTACTS

TREC:

Michael Straub
Desertec Office Manager
Tel: +49 (0)711 - 67 52 999
Mobile: +49 (0)179 - 90 46 859
Michael.Straub AT ClubOfRome DOT de
www.Desertec.org

Desertec-UK:

Dr Gerry Wolff
Coordinator of Desertec-UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 712962
Email: gerrywolff65 AT gmail DOT com
Web: http://www.trec-uk.org.uk/


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