Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs of The Parliamentary Assembly of The Council of Europe (CoE), Resolution 1435 (2005) - Energy systems and the environment– (Rapporteur: Bill Etherington, Doc. 10486, Text adopted by the Assembly on 26 April 2005 (11th Sitting))
Energy issues have been widely discussed by the Parliamentary Assembly in the past and the effects on the environment of conventional energies (fossil fuels and nuclear) are well known. Fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) generate air pollution which contributes to global warming and climate change as well as fine particle pollution. In addition to the issue of the security of supplies, such energy sources are depleted rapidly without any possibility for a quick and natural replenishment. Nuclear energy produced in modern nuclear power plants and envisaged as a possible medium-term solution to avoid increasing air pollution (greenhouse gases and fine particle pollution) has the drawback of the unsolved issue of processing and storing the spent fuel and other radioactive nuclear waste. Renewable sources of energy (e.g. biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind, tidal and wave energy, etc.) can solve the sustainability issue and may offer a possible alternative to the conventional energy production systems. The Parliamentary Assembly invites parliaments and governments to take all legislative and fiscal measures needed to develop new sustainable renewable energy policies and to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
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