Cost of sustainable HQ forces European Renewable Energy Council into liquidation

The European Renewable Energy Council has been dissolved after more than ten years of campaigning for green power technology.

The reason for its liquidation is its inability to pay the lease on its headquarters, Renewable Energy House in Brussels, a 140-year-old building which was turned into “a living renewable energy and energy efficiency showcase”.

EREC president Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes said: “It is particularly regrettable and somewhat ironic that, although Renewable Energy House itself is running fine and is a testament to the reliability of our technologies, the lease agreement of the building has now turned out to be the cause of the demise of the organisation that the [building] was intended to serve”.

The EREC was formed in 2000 by six renewable energy associations including the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the European PV Industry Association (EPIA). In 2004 it launched the call for a European Union 20 per cent binding renewables target.

Hinrichs-Rahlwes said “the dissolution of EREC couldn’t come at a more inappropriate time”.

He warned that “without a strong sense of collaboration, the European renewable energy sector will lose ground to competing and ever more desperate fossil fuel and nuclear industries and their lobbies”.

And he added: “Without EREC there would probably not be a 20 per cent à‚ renewable energy target for 2020 and the Renewables Directive would be weaker. EREC has now laid the ground for a positive and constructive debate on a 2030 policy framework including a meaningful and binding target for renewables.”

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