European Renewable Energy Lobby Liquidated

  • Date: 08/03/14
  • Dave Keating, European Voice

The dissolution of EREC after a decade in existence comes as the Commission has proposed to scrap renewable energy targets after 2020.

The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the umbrella lobby group for all renewable energy technologies in the European Union, has gone into voluntary liquidation. This development will leave the sector without a main co-ordinator for lobbying at a time when the European Commission has proposed to scrap nationally binding renewable energy targets after 2020.

EREC, which operated as a non-profit organisation, had incurred major debts from its lease on the ‘Renewable Energy House’ in Brussels, which also hosted other renewable energy associations.

The building, situated on Rue d’Arlon in central Brussels, was inaugurated in 2006 as a showcase for sustainable energy, with EREC as the main tenant of all three of its buildings. It was part of a project proposal by Prince Laurent of Belgium to turn a 140-year-old neoclassical building into a showcase for renewable energy technologies. However the organisation had become weighted down from the heavy debts on this lease.

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