Success Celebrated on Anniversary of Renewables 2004 Conference

REN21 logoOn the second anniversary of the International Conference for Renewable Energies (Renewables 2004), German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul declared that “excellent progress” has been made in developing a renewables-based energy system, according to a June 2 press release from the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The landmark conference in Bonn, Germany, in June 2004, was the largest-ever international gathering on renewable energy and resulted in the creation of an International Action Programme that includes some 200 voluntary commitments to promote use of wind and solar power, biomass, and other renewable energy sources worldwide.

More than 56 percent of the partners who committed to the Action Programme have submitted status reports, and nearly 80 percent of these confirm that commitments are being implemented, according to an interim assessment released in early June. In February 2005, the Chinese government approved its new national Law on Renewable Energy Sources, which requires grid operators to purchase all of the electricity generated by renewable energy facilities and includes tax incentives, discounted loans, and a national development fund to promote use of renewables. Chinese officials worked closely with Worldwatch Institute researchers to develop the law, considered an important step towards China’s goal of generating 15 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

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