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EU a ‘world leader’ in climate change policy

The EU has chosen a more efficient, sustainable and affordable future through its policies to use renewable energy and fight climate change, says a new report.

The International Energy Agency says the EU is a world leader in beginning to mitigate the effects of global warming through ambitious proposals on climate change and energy policies.


IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said the way the EU produces and uses energy will be transformed if the proposed regulations are successfully implemented.

The European Wind Energy Association has welcomed the IEA’s comments and believes they show how non-polluting, renewable energy sources such as wind power can be an important part of that transformation.

Tanaka said the EU must greatly increase its overall R&D funding in order to effectively deal with the environmental and energy problems the world is facing. He called for R&D funding for non-nuclear energy, which includes wind power, to be increased significantly.

EWEA says it is pleased that Tanaka fully supports efforts to liberalise energy markets by making access to existing transmission grids easier, more transparent and cheaper for wind-farm operators. Tanaka noted that the European Council has agreed to adopt the proposals by the end of the year.