During the project a high-level promotion and market penetration strategy for Renewable Energy Sources both within the European Union as well as in the new Member States was developed, thereby contributing to the uptake of renewable energy sources in the enlarged European Union (EU-25). This is considered to be important in view of reaching the target of doubling the percentage of renewable energy sources within the European Union from 6 to 12 % until 2010 which the European Commission's communication "Energy for the future: Renewable Sources of Energy - a White Paper for a Community Strategy and Action Plan" (COM(97)599 final) sets. To prepare the enlargement of the European Union, special actions had to be taken in order to assist the Accession States in fostering the uptake of renewable energy sources and help them prepare for their adhesion to the European Union.
In order to reach these ambitious goals the following work packages were carried out:
Building upon already existing studies, 15 to 20 page overviews of recent technological and market development for each of the following RE sectors were prepared: biomass, PV, small hydropower, solar thermal, wind, geothermal. These overviews were grouped together into the "Renewable Energy in Europe - Building Capacity and Markets" book.
An overview of current policy initiatives within the European Union was prepared, taking all levels of decision making (EU, national, regional and local) into account.
Austria - Belgium - Denmark - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Ireland - Italy - Luxemburg - Netherlands - Portugal - Spain - Sweden - United Kingdom
Work package 3: status of renewable energy within the New Member States
With the support of local partners in the New Member States a policy review of the current RE development and technology leaflets were produced (solar electricity, wind, small hydropower, biomass, solar thermal).
Work package 4: Berlin Conference - Intelligent Policy Options (Berlin, 19-21 January 2004)
In order to discuss current policy initiatives of the European Commission and to stimulate the further uptake of RES both within the EU as well as in the countries of accession, a high-level policy conference on RES was organised in Berlin in January 2004.
Work package 5: Workshops in the new Member States
In order to best ensure the uptake of RES in the accession countries listed above and to ensure that best use is being made of the achieved results, workshops were organised in these countries to encourage future policy initiatives for RES.