The European Union has set itself the goal of
raising the share of renewable energy sources in the final
overall energy consumption of the Union from 8.5% in 2005 to 20%
in 2020. This is an ambitious objective, but it is also a
necessary contribution to the global fight against climate
change and towards better control over our energy dependence.
Governments have a crucial role to play through their good
example and their support. But each individual can also help to
achieve this objective. The various uses for renewable energy
sources are examined: electricity for wind and hydraulic
energies; electricity or heat for geothermal and solar energies;
multiple applications: electricity, heat, and biofuel for
biomass, the "Sleeping Giant". The European Union is a world
leader in the use and deployment of technologies that exploit
renewable energy sources, and it intends to remain so.