Extract from Foreword by Willian Gillett:
As the renewable energy sector shows promising signs of growth, we acknowledge the growing accuracy of EurObserv'ER's estimates. According to the official data published in November 2011 by Eurostat, the share of renewables in the EU in 2009 was 11.7%; EurObserv'ER’s estimation of the same figure published in last year's report was 11.6%. Such a good approximation confirms the accuracy of the EurObserv'ER methodology and its ability to provide policy makers and market actors with timely and reliable information on the evolution of the renewable energy sector.
This year’s edition presents the main statistics on the renewable energy market in the EU for the year 2010, for which official data will only be available next year. Its last chapter focuses on seven EU regions which have particularly high amounts of RES investments during the last year, and highlights how these regions have managed to create a favourable climate for new investments. Their experiences can hopefully inspire and help actors across Europe to make their regions more sustainable and create new jobs in the renewables sector.
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