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Global network sets goal of promoting renewable
LONDON, England, 2003-10-29 (Refocus Weekly)
A global partnership developed by Britain's Foreign
& Commonwealth Office will promote the use of
renewable energy around the world.
The Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership
was developed after the World Summit on Sustainable
Development in South Africa last year. Regional meetings
were held around the world this year to identify policy
and regulatory barriers to the development of sustainable
energies and to link financial officials with the
renewable energy and energy efficiency sector.
The group will also provide strategic direction and
communications in promoting the value and benefits
of renewables to international organisations, governments,
regulators and consumers.
"In many situations, sustainable energy is economically
viable now, and the challenges of climate change and
possibly increasing insecurity in the supply of fossil
fuels can only make it more viable in the future"
says foreign secretary Jack Straw. Ministers from
a dozen countries attended the official REEEP launch
"The REEEP offers an opportunity to influence the
future direction of a new and expanding market and
access to key policy makers and regulators," says
environment secretary Margaret Beckett. "It opens
doors to new technology and the opportunity for innovations
to be shared globally. It provides the chance to evaluate
options against what has worked - and what has not
- in different countries and regions."
"Overall, the REEEP provides opportunity for
shaping the future direction of the energy system
in a way that meets partners social, economic and
environmental objectives," she says.
Britain wants to reduce its CO2 emissions by 60% by
2050, and the Energy White Paper released earlier
this year calls for greater use of renewables.
Part of REEEP’s mission is to deliver the energy
policy objectives agreed at WSSD and to promote the
recommendations contained in a report of the G8 Renewable
Energy Task Force.
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