I'm at an Inter Parliamentary Meeting on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency hosted by EUFORES, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting Renewable Energy Sources. I took the high-carbon route this time (offsetting via MyClimate.Org), as I was locked into our Parliamentary Party Meeting in the Royal Marine in Dún Laoghaire until yesterday afternoon.
A delayed Aer Lingus flight got me into
The Conference concentrated on National Energy Efficiency Action Plans. I'm not sure if
Mechtild Rothe MEP opened up proceedings and pointed to problems arising from different regulatory environments in different countries. She stated that over €3Bn has been invested in renewables in
Claude Turmes, a Green MEP from
Interestingly, Claude felt that the worsening of targets for new cars (up from 120g/km to 130g/km) will more or less cancel the 10% commitment to bio-fuels. He said efficiency is so much more important than renewables, but less sexy. Wind turbines always look good in the pix, but insulation?
He says there’s between 11-13 new energy packages coming out of
In response Clause Turmes cautioned us against relying totally on market based responses, and expressed concern at the suggesting doing the rounds that European Trading Scheme would solve everything. Market support for renewables is essential he concluded.