SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament
European Workers at the Heart of Renewable Energy
In the context of the ongoing economic crisis, when national budgets are increasingly stretched, the EU is committed to generating 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. This can enable a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, less dependence on imported energy and a boost to technological innovation and employment. Despite this, governments view the cost of a transition from non-renewable to sustainable energy as high. In response, the EU is promoting widespread understanding of the benefits of renewable energy – and the importance of a secure, cost-effective energy system to Europe's future. (Source: EUSEW)
The aim of VISUALIZING ENERGY | RENEWABLES IN ACTION is to highlight the human dimension of renewable energies by showing workers on projects around Europe. Renewables are not the only answer, but they are part of the solution to moving towards a cleaner future.
On the occasion of the opening, S&D MEP Linda Mc Avan said:
" The Green sector creates jobs in a lot of other sectors, e.i: a wind farm can produce jobs in the steal, traditional or intellectual property sectors. There's a huge potential for building our own energy resources and creating jobs right across our continent".
In the past, we have created targets for each country for renewable energies (20% target by 2020). The Parliament is now looking at 20-30% target but the Socialists and Democrats want a target of 45% in order to decarbonize our power sector in a longer term".
Esplanade of the European Parliament Date: 24-28 June 2013 (EU Sustainable Energy Week)