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Regional News- Europe

INforSE Europe Meeting

The coming regional meeting in Europe will be July 9, 1994 at Energie-und Umweltzentrun am Deister near Hannover in Germany. On the agenda will be a new action plan for INforSE Europe, discussions about future common actions by sustainable energy NGOs in Eastern and Western Europe and an evaluation of the past year. An important point will be a discussion of the European part of the INforSE campaign.

The INforSE meeting will take place immediately after the European Sustainable Energy NGO Seminar, July 4-8, also at Energie- und Umweltzentrum am Deister.

Further information: OVE, att. Gunnar Boye Olesen, Willemoesgade 14, 2100 Kobenhavn 0, ph: +45-3142 9091, fax: +45-3142 9095.

INforSE Europe Campaign

The European part of the INforSE campaign will focus on energy and employment. Basically, the first steps of transition to a sustainable energy system will create employment and economic activity that can be financed by reduced use of fossil fuels, besides it has environmental benefits.

In Europe, the new campaign for a job-creating sustainable energy development will set focus on activities that can be started with public money made available from reduced social security and unemployment expenditures, and multiplied by private investments. With the right selection of measures, such a strategy can reduce unemployment without increases in the public expenses simply by a smaller change in public expenses and a larger activation of private capital. These measures can include raising the efficiency in domestic energy use (improving of homes, better energy control systems), utilization of solar heat in active and passive systems, energy efficiency improvements in commercial and industrial sector, a shift to more efficient transport systems, as well as the creation of whole new business sectors for sustainable development.

The campaign will be coordinated with plans on environment and employment from WWF, Friends of the Earth, Climate Action Network, BUND, etc. It will produce inputs to the global INforSE campaign, presented in last issue of Sustainable Energy News.

For Western Europe an important result of these joint efforts will be an environmental employment plan that can be seen as an alternative to the EU-Commission Whitebook on employment from December 1993 Delor's Plan.

For Eastern Europe the campaign will focus on sustainable energy solutions for economies in transition, highlighting successful experiences in the region.

The campaign will be presented at the BUND environmental fair in Freiburg, Germany in June, and at different occasions in the autumn of 1994.

All European INforSE organizations have received a more detailed description of the campaign. For more information and cooperation on the campaign, please contact INforSE Europe, att. Gunnar Olesen, Willemoesgade 14, 2100 Copenhagen 0, Denmark, ph: +45- 3142 9091, fax: +453142 9095 or c/o SZOPK-FAE, att. Emil Bedi, Gorkeho 6,81101 Bratislava, Slovakia, ph/fax: +42-7-36 46 65.

US invests in Temelin NPP

Last year the Czech government made a contract with the American company Westinghouse about completion of Temelin Nuclear Power Plant. On January 27 the American Export/lmport Bank gave preliminary approval for the needed credit guarantee, and they have sent an application for the credit guarantee to finance Temelin to the US congress. The US congress will probably take a decision during March '94.

The construction of Temelin NPP was started during the communist era. Temelin will be a hybrid of Soviet and US design that is completely untested, and will have a high risk of accident. The power generated from the plant is not needed. There are great possibilities for energy efficiency in the Czech Republic. There is also an unused potential for hydropower as well as utilization of other renewable energy sources.

All the time there has been a strong local and international opposition to the plans of finishing Temelin, but there has never been any public hearings or discussions about the project in the Czech parliament. European environmental groups have fought the plans of completion for years. Right now the struggle continues, especially in the USA, to stop the dying Western nuclear industry from expanding their activities to Central and Eastern Europe in order to survive. Join the campaign in the US or this summer in the Czech Republic.

More information on Temelin nuclear power plant issue on the e-mail conference: gn.nuclear or energy.nuclear or at Hnuti DUHA, Jakubskenam. 7, 60200 Brno, Czech Republic, ph: +42-5-42210438, fax: +42-542210347.

CADDET Center for Renewable Energy

The IEA's Center for the Analysis and Dissemination of Demonstrated Energy Technologies (CADDET) has set up a new unit to focus on renewable energy. The original CADDET is operated by NOVEM in the Netherlands. The CADDET Center for Renewable Energy will be operated by the Energy Technology Support Unit (ETSU) at Harwell in Britain.

(Energy..in Demand)

Campaign Against Windfarms in Wales

One of the main environmental groups in Wales, The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, reversed its earlier stance and is now opposing all new plans for windfarms. The Campaign is urging a moratorium on new windfarms until substantial results have been achieved through conservation and energy-saving measures. The group feels that the subsidy for renewable energy would be more valuable if used for conservation measures.

(Energy..in Demand)

Renewable Energy Share Increased in Germany

The renewable energy share, including hydro, of total German electricity production increased 1% 1990-92 to 4.3% in 1992. Neverthetess the hydropower has a share of 80%, the non- hydro renewables are gaining ground. Electricity production from non-hydro renewables in Germany:

 

1990

1992

Solar

0.6 GWh

1.4 GWh

Biomass

220 GWh

295 GWh

Wind

43 GWh

275 GWh

(Energy..in Demand)

Biodiesel Plant in Italy

The world's largest biodiesel plant, with a capacity of 80,000 tonnes per year, opened in Livomo, Italy in the end of 1993. It will be supplied by soya, rapeseed and sunflowers. The biodiesel fuel will be sold throughout Europe. (Energy..in Demand)