Last updated on: 12/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

European Renewable Energy Council Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Renewable energy, combined with energy efficiency, can meet half of the world’s energy needs by 2050…it is not only economically feasible, but also economically desirable, to cut U.S. CO2 emissions by almost 75% within the next 43 years. These reductions can be achieved without nuclear power, and while virtually ending U.S. dependence on coal. Contrary to popular opinion, a massive uptake of renewable energy and efficiency improvements alone can solve our global warming problem. All that is missing is the right policy support from the President and Congress.”

Cowritten with Greenpeace International, “Energy Revolution: A Blueprint for Solving Global Warming,” www.greenpeace.org, Jan. 2007

Description:

“Created on 13 April 2000, the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) is the umbrella organisation of the European renewable energy industry, trade and research associations active in the sectors of bioenergy, geothermal, ocean, small hydropower, solar electricity, solar thermal and wind energy. EREC represents thus 30 billion € turnover and provides jobs to around 350.000 people!”

“Organization,” www.erec.org (accessed Dec. 8, 2008)

Mission:

“EREC is committed to the following objectives:

  • To act as a forum for exchange of information and discussion on issues related to renewables as well as to represent the European RES industry & research community
  • To provide information and consultancy on renewable energies for the political decision makers on local, regional, national and international levels
  • To launch policy initiatives for the creation of positive frameworks for renewable energy sources
  • To promote European technologies, products and services on global markets”

“Objectives,” www.erec.org (accessed Dec. 8, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Is Expanding Nuclear Energy Production Necessary to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?