Renewable energy cooperation between Europe and Asia is arguably one of the world’s most significant axes of international cooperation in light of concerns over energy security, future economic competitiveness, and climate change. The EU has led the expanded deployment of renewable energy technologies, while Asia represents the main growth region for future energy consumption. Excellent business opportunities and policy co-ordination are emerging, and cooperation between Europe and Asia is a key factor in facilitating the renewable energy expansion in a way that is economically feasible, socially acceptable, and environmentally sustainable.

This volume is based on the results from the 3rd roundtable of the Asia-Europe Environment Forum, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden from 26-28 August 2004. Forty experts participated, including Internationally-respected authorities such as former Chairman of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Preparatory Council, Dr. Emil Salim of Indonesia, and Prof. Michael Grubb, Policy Director of The Carbon Trust of the United Kingdom (UK). The roundtable followed on the momentum that emerged from the International Conference for Renewable Energies that was held in Bonn, Germany on 1-4 June 2004.

The papers in this volume address the organisational and institutional context of renewable energy, with a focus on the electric power sector. A number of papers consider the process by which renewable energy technologies and implementation platforms move from RD&D through small-scale application into large-scale commercialisation. In addition to climate change mitigation, the authors emphasise the important relationships between renewables and sustainable development. Education, training, and capacity building are also argued to be among the most vital and viable areas for Asia-Europe co-operation.

ISBN: ISBN 981 05 4099 X