EU Sustainable Energy Week 2010: opening of the "Europe 2015 and beyond" Conference
End production: 23/03/2010 First transmission: 23/03/2010
On 23 March 2010, Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, took part in a press conference in Brussels, in the margins of the 4th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Miguel Sebastián Gascón, Spanish Minister for Industry, Tourism and Trade, were also present at the press conference and made statements. The Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign is a European Commission initiative in the framework of the Intelligent Energy - Europe programme, which aims to raise public awareness and promote sustainable energy production and use among individuals and organizations, private companies and public authorities, professional and energy agencies, industry associations and NGOs across Europe.
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||Exterior of the Charlemagne building, in Brussels
||Arrival of Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, at the press conference (2 shots)
||General view of the press room
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in ENGLISH): we must engage all levels of society; the Intelligent Energy funding programme will provide its contribution; I am pleased to announce that this year's application period starts today with 56 millions Euros available; secondly, there is an urgent need to reduce administrative barriers to development of renewable energy projects and the needed infrastructures; thirdly, the heating sectors must be addressed in order to use the huge potential for renewable energy development.
||General views of the meeting (2 shots)
||Soundbite Miguel Sebastián Gascón, Spanish Minister for Industry, Tourism and Trade
and President in office of the Council (in SPANISH) saying that he European Union's aim of 10 percents renewable energy by 2020 needs the contributing of electric vehicles which can also energise European industry and employment, in addition of development of energy bioful; obviously, this is a sector where the new technologies have to try and come up with a solution of sustainability; it is true that currently there is no short term alternative to oil which represent 98 of the fuel used for transport.
||Cutaway of the participants
||Soundbite by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (in ENGLISH): quite honestly, I do not believe that the 20 percents commitment reduction that Europe has currently embraced reflects a step change; I believe it is a sense in the right direction but I don't believe it will catalyse a step change; on the other hand, the 80 percents reduction by 2050, which I think the European leaders, earlier in 2005, were talking about in the European council, does represent a step change; you can get to minus 20 without fundamental change and without real suffering; you can't get to minus 80 percent without fundamental change.
||General views of the press room (4 shots)