EU Celebrates Sustainable Energy Week with Good News

Apr 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Green Living

The European Union is celebrating EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) this week from April 11 through April 15. As part of the celebration, the EU announced that Europe’s renewable energy capacity almost doubled over the last decade.

G142 SolarPowerPlantSerpa EU Celebrates Sustainable Energy Week with Good NewsAccording to statistics released Monday, while oil remained the main source of energy in Europe, the proportion of energy provided by renewable sources such as solar energy, wind, and water rose from 5.4 per cent to 9.0 per cent between 1999 and 2009. Meanwhile the proportion of energy provided by oil, solid fuel, and nuclear power fell. The largest percentage increases in renewable energy usage came from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Portugal.

These figures were published by the EU’s statistical office Eurostat to help promote Sustainable Energy Week. In other promotional efforts, local communities are hosting Energy Day events, ranging from exhibitions and conferences to concerns and online gatherings. Government authorities, NGOs, businesses, consumer associations, and universities are participating.

In addition to local events, Brussels is holding a three-day policy conference for the European Commission from April 12 through 14. The first day of the conference will host the annual Sustainable Energy Europe Awards to recognize outstanding European energy projects with high potential for practical applications. Awards will be given in six categories: communicating, learning, living, producing, consuming, and traveling.

EUSEW was initiated by the European Commission in 2005 to promote the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign for renewable energy and energy efficiency. It is organized by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy.

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