ALTENER, the only Community programme to focus
exclusively on the promotion of renewable energy sources, ended
its five-year term at the end of 1997. It was succeeded by ALTENER
II (1998-2002), an initiative that extended activities in the renewable energies field
and make a major contribution to the Community Strategy and Action Plan outlined
in the White Paper 'Energy for the Future: Renewable Sources of Energy'.
ALTENER II, which is managed by the European Commission's Directorate-General
for Energy, will run for five years, from January 1998 until December 2002.
ALTENER II's specific objectives can be
summarised as follows:
To implement and complement Community measures designed to develop the renewable
energy resource potential.
To encourage the harmonisation of products and equipment in the renewable energy
To support the development of an infrastructure that will increase investor
confidence, stimulate the take-up of renewable energy technologies and improve
the sector's competitiveness.
To improve information dissemination and co-ordination at the international,
Community, national, regional and local level, thereby increasing investor
confidence and market penetration.
To increase operational capacity for the production of energy from Renewable Energy
Sources, which are environmentally sustainable and constitute a major component
of the Community
strategy to abate greenhouse gas emissions.
The aims and scope of the ALTENER programme are continued in the
"Vertical Key Action" of the same name in the
Energy for Europe (2003-2006).
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