This year has presented the Commission with the challenge of tackling the deepest economic crisis since the creation of the European Union. Fortunately, there are encouraging signs that your 2020 vision for encouraging green jobs and innovation is bearing fruit. Europe’s offshore wind industry, for example, reported solid year-on-year growth of 4.5 percent in the first half of 2011.
However, we are concerned that not all renewable sectors are contributing equally to green growth or to climate protection. Investment in biofuels, for example, has been stalled by uncertainty over the future regulatory landscape and considerable doubts about the green credentials of biofuels.