Sustainable Energy

During the Energy Event at the House of the Dutch Provinces in Brussels, Emiel Hanekamp argues why Europe should invest more in renewable energy in developing countries and emerging markets.

The yearly annual meeting of the House of the Dutch Provinces took place on September 13 in Brussels. This years theme: New Energy. The meeting focused on questions such as “How can we market ideas for new energy?” “Where do we find funding for new ideas?” and “What are the main trends in the field of energy for the future?”.

Enlightened self-interest
According to Hanekamp Europe invests too little in renewable energy in developing countries and emerging markets. As a result:

  1. 1.3 billion people still lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people depend on wood for heating and cooking. With enormous negative consequences for the economic and social development of the countries concerned.
  2. We produce more and more CO2 and increase the environmental pressure on ecosystems in general.
  3. The European renewable energy sector lacks support to effectively compete with a.o. the United States, Brazil, China and India.

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