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New report publicises European-wide facts and figures

Renewable energies cope with economic crisis

In 2009, renewable energies met 11.6% of the gross final energy consumption of the European Union, whereby they generated 18.2% of the electrical energy supplies. Their economic importance is also growing: more than 900,000 workers in the various sectors generate a turnover of 120 billion euros. These are the results of the tenth report published by the EurObserv’ER consortium on “The State of Renewable Energies in Europe”. The annually published report describes not just the development of the various technologies, broken down according to the respective EU countries, but also explains their socio-economic importance. The documentation, which is published in English and French, can now be downloaded free of charge.

In 2009, around 100,000 jobs were created throughout Europe in the renewable energy sector. The greatest growth was in the wind energy and photovoltaics sectors as well as in the utilisation of solid biomass. These are therefore among the economic sectors whose growth was at best curbed by the economic crisis. By means of regional case studies from Portugal, Bulgaria, Northern Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic, the report shows how individual regions are benefiting from the development.


The State of Renewable Energies in Europe“ can be downloaded as a PDF file from the website of the EurObserv‘ER consortium. It is based on market reports that are updated every two months and which the EurObserv’ER consortium publishes as part of the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme run by the European Commission. By means of direct cooperation in a broad network of national experts, the figures published in the barometer are usually more up to date than the data provided by national statistical offices.

You can obtain further information about the EurObserv’ER barometer at:

Mr Frédéric Tuillé or Mr Gaëtan Fovez
146, rue de I’Université
75007 Paris - France
Tel: 33 (0) 1 44180080
Fax: 33 (0) 1 44180036
E-mail: observ.er(at)energies-renouvelables.org


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