447th European Economic and Social Committee Plenary session: extracts from the speech by Andris Piebalgs
End production: 17/09/2008 First transmission: 17/09/2008
Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, intervened at the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee on 17 September 2008. He presented the main economic and social arguments in favour of renewable energy. He insisted on the safety that represents such a resource against high prices of domestic oil and gas. The Commissioner explained that the EU Member States have taken national action plans for that purpose.
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||Minute of silence observed in honor of the death of Istvan Garai, Hungarian Member of the European Economic and Social Committee; Istvan Garai died on 1 September 2008
||Arrival of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, to the Plenary session of the EESC
||Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that as long as oil prices remain high, the economic and social arguments in favour of renewable energy will only get stronger; with domestic oil and gas reserves in decline, the energy security attractions of renewable energy become even greater; indeed, a business model can look forward to the prospect of growing demand and falling costs, not the fossil fuel energy business model; for the first time, Member States will have binding individual targets for renewable energy targets; as we are at a crucial moment and have to take important decisions, he would like to thank the European Economic and Social Committee for its overall support to the climate and energy package and more concretely to the proposal on the renewable energy directive including binding targets
||Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that with all the predictions of the 2020 target, Europe will need more oil imports until at least the year 2030; from a security of supply point of view, they should address transport, they cannot remain dependent on oil exclusively; that is why the target of 10% of renewable energy in transport is so crucial; renewable energy does not mean necessarily biofuels, it could mean also hydrogen, or renewable electricity; it will require industry to react very strongly but that is why it is important to state that this is a target they try to achieve
||Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission is determined that by the end of this Commission's mandate in 2009 it will be possible to say that the EU has become the most energy efficient region in the world; regarding the national action plans, he believes that the Member States could do better but he also believes that this is a learning phase for them; he is expecting it to become better in the next years; they have received action plans from all Member States
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