Wednesday, January 10, 2007

EU Plans "Post-Industrial" Revolution

In the wake the Russian trade dispute that cut off oil supplies to parts of Europe, the European Commission is calling for an unprecedented common energy policy.

"Europe must lead the world into a new, or maybe one should say post-industrial revolution - the development of a low-carbon economy."

Citing European vulnerability to foreign imports of gas as a major factor, the plan calls for binding targets for increased efficiency, the development of alternate fuels, and a the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Specific highlights include:

  • Establishing a true internal energy market
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020
  • Supplying 10% of vehicle fuel through biofuels &
  • Increasing energy efficiency
  • Making all new power stations carbon neutral in 13 years

    Siderite said...

    Isn't it funny that the EU finally reaches this conclusion only after Russia starts playing hard to get? I wonder if this entire plan will collapse harder than Kyoto when Russians decide to call off their bluff.
    --- Siderite

    WesternGrit said...

    Canada needs to join the EU in this bold initiative. Tying ourselves to the sinking American ship is (and for years has been) folly.

    The Unbelievable said...

    I think that there are more progressive leaders in green energy then Europe right now. Brazil could be the most advanced of all of us. We could learn a lot from them and so could Europe if they are serious about these issues.

    kitimat said...

    Thank God the EU is leading the way.
    Those are the kind of concrete targets we need here in Canada. Unfortunately, our premier here in B.C. has become fixed on the idea of coal fired power! British Columbians need to let the gov't know we need to be moving forward not backwards!

    Sunil S Chiplunkar said...

    The policy paper by European agencies is a welcome move and planet or rather humanity friendly. As we are aware, the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India- my country- and China) are economic hotspots. Economic growth is normally a pain on earth. The policy paper should work on extending support to practices in BRIC countries that will enable a cleaner and greener BRIC region.

    Where there is a will there is a way. - Sunil S Chiplunkar

    Diana Fasanella said...

    We definitely need alternative fuels or more wind/solar power sources of energy. Time to stop depending on Middle East oil.

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