EU Prosun condemns EU for “moving backward” on renewable energy policy

Risks to human populations from Climate Change predicted in the IPCC report include flooding. Image: Greenpeace
Risks to human populations from Climate Change predicted in the IPCC report include flooding. Image: Greenpeace

In light of recent findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), EU Prosun has issued a statement calling on the EU and member state governments to cease retroactive attacks on renewable energy support and take action to advance renewable energy adoption.

The organization has been known until now for its role in organizing European manufacturers to call for EU tariffs on imported Chinese solar photovoltaic (PV) products. However, with this move the SolarWorld AG (Bonn, Germany)-led industrial initiative is taking on a broader policy role.


State aid rules targeted

EU Prosun particularly targeted the European Commission's recent proposals for state aid guidelines, which it and other renewable energy advocates say will harm the deployment of renewables.

“It's unbelievable,” states EU Prosun President and SolarWorld VP Milan Nitzschke. “For years, the EU discussed climate goals and independence from energy imports but when it comes to concrete measures, they are actually moving backwards.”

“The EU has now put forward a proposal for environmental and energy state-aid guidelines that would effectively end most funding support mechanisms throughout Europe.”


IPCC report: Bad news for Europe, the world

The 2,000-page IPCC report on Climate Change impacts finds substantial danger to Europe as well as the rest of the world. Risks to human populations include sea level rise, coastal flooding and storm surges, heat waves, and ultimately impact to food and water supplies and livelihoods.

“It is in our own interest to go further to promote renewable energies and energy saving measures against climate change,” notes Nitschke.

In line with its earlier policy stances, the statement by EU Prosun does mention the dumping of Asian PV modules in the EU market and the loss of players in the European solar industry, and maintains that EU solar manufacturers remain technology leaders.


2014-04-02 | Courtesy: EU Prosun; Image: Greenpeace | © Heindl Server GmbH

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