Friday, February 20, 2009

Will Europe become a green energy centre?

Bournemouth will host MEP Graham Watson later today, who encourages making the green energy switch at a time of crisis.

He will speak at Bournemouth Adult Learning Centre in Slades Farm at 7pm about the European initiative on a proposed new supergrid, using high voltage direct current (HVDC), to bring together all the various renewable energy resources within Europe.

European Parliament wants to create a whole system of green energy supplies throughout the world.

Its project includes building solar, wind and hydro stations in different regions of the world and transmitting it by HVDC cables.

Members of European Parliament sent an official letter to Nicolas Sarkozy on 18th July 2008, encouraging him urgently to begin work on creating the new infrastructure Europe needed if they were to make a rapid shift to clean energy.

Emily Bullock from Dorset Energy Advice Centre says: "The UK and EU have ambitious renewable energy targets.

"These are important as a response to climate change and to reduce our dependence on current fuels such as nuclear, coal, gas and oil, for environmental and energy security reasons."

Bournemouth Liberal democrat Councillor Roger West: says: "We must move towards stopping burning fossil fuels. The Council has signed up to the Earth Charter and our major 2026 conference at the BIC I believe endorsed it."

Emily Bullock says: "Bournemouth and Poole's Energy Efficiency Strategy will aim to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2025 based on a 2005 baseline by saving energy."

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