ENERGY EFFICIENCY: COMMISSION TO OPEN ANOTHER 33 AGENCIES UNDER SAVE II
Sixteen new regional agencies and seventeen new urban agencies are set to benefit from EU grant aid to the tune of ECU 150,000 for their first three years of operation, as part of the EU's SAVE II programme, the European Commission announced on July 30. The role of these agencies will be to promote energy efficiency and ensue a better use of local and renewable resources.
The announcement of more funding for 32 new agencies now brings the total EU contribution this year to the establishment and support of energy agencies within the SAVE II programme to some ECU 4.95 million. The programme, a multiannual programme to promote energy efficiency, currently helps fund 141 such agencies.
Amongst the new agencies, for the first time, will be one founded in Norway, a European Economic Area country (EEA), which was entitled to submit proposals and participate on terms similar to those of Member States of the EU.
The agency to be opened in Athens will cooperate with a partner agency to be set up in London. Their aim is to promote energy saving in the city of Athens, and to contribute to the preparation of "sustainable" Olympic Games in 2004.
Accent on sustainable development.
The projects selected are expected to further the development of a European energy policy consistent with sustainable development. They should contribute to better integration of Community provisions through a bottom-up approach to energy problems, while encouraging cooperation and know-how exchanges at a European level.
They should also help the EU to conform to the reduction to carbon dioxide pollution targets, as set by the Kyoto Protocol of last November. The efforts to combat climate change would bring improvements to environmental protection and the quality of life.
Their proximity to energy consumers puts them in a privileged position to cause change, with a knock-on impact on local job creation.
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|Date:||Sep 15, 1998|
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