In the European Union (EU) energy system, renewable energies play an important and growing role.
What are the leading renewable energy associations in the EU?
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The following are the renewable energy industry associations in the European Union (EU):
Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centre (EUREC)
European Renewable Energy Research Center (EUREC) was established in 1991 as a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) with the aim of improving the quality and scope of European Renewable Energy Technology Research and Development. The basic purpose is to prompt transition towards a sustainable energy system by encouraging and supporting the development of innovative technology and human resources.
Bioenergy Europe is a European trade association which helps European bioenergy organizations and bioenergy companies. It aims to foster a competitive market for bioenergy focused on fair conditions of business. More than 40 associations and 90 enterprises, academia and research institutes from across Europe are involved.
Concerted Action of Offshore Wind Energy in Europe
The Concerted Action Offshore Deployment Offshore Wind energy (COD) aims at progressing offshore energy across the European community by sharing and incorporating best practices into legislation and consent procedures. COD exchanges information between national energy agencies or delegated third parties from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. COD represents over 90% of the EU wind power potential.
European Biomass Association (EBA)
European Biomass Association (EBA) represents renewable gas and promotes the deployment and use of sustainable biogas and bio-methane in Europe. EBA is an established network of more than hundreds of European and international national associations, scientific institutions and companies.
European Biodiesel Board (EBB)
The European Biodiesel Board (EBB) is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1997. The EBB aims at promoting the use of biodiesel and connecting major EU biodiesel producers in the European Union at the same time.
European Biogas Association
The European Biogas Association (EBA) was established as a Belgian non-profit organization in February 2009 with the goal of supporting sustainable biogas production and use in Europe. EBA has a well-established network of more than 100 national organizations, research institutes and businesses across and outside Europe.
European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC)
European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), is an international Non-profit organization established in 1998 to support the European geothermal industry and to encourage the growth of the geothermal industry in Europe and worldwide. There are more than 120 participants from 22 European countries, representing 500 stakeholders.
European Energy Network (EnR)
EnR is a collaborative network for over 20 European national energy authorities. The goal is to enhance cooperation between Member Authorities and other European actors on all sustainable energy issues.
European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF)
The European Renewable Energy Federation (EREF) is the federation of EU member states national renewable energy associations which cover different sectors including wind, solar, small hydro, bio-energy, tidal, ocean, and geothermal.
European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA)
The ESHA supports the needs of small hydroelectric projects both in Europe and internationally. ESHA is a founding member of European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).
European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA)
European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA) is a European affiliated industrial association founded in 2007 to support the developing solar thermal electricity industry of Europe and abroad, mainly in the Mediterranean region. ESTELA is open for all the key players across Europe and abroad including developers, manufacturers, utilities, engineering firms, research institutions.
Eurosolar – European Association for Renewable Energies
The European Association for Renewable Energies was established in 1988, and carries out its activities separately from political parties, governments, business entities and interest groups. The association encourages the total replacement of nuclear and fossil fuels with renewable energies. The association has sections in 13 countries including Germany, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Austria, Russia, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine and Hungary.
ESTIF-Solar Heat Europe
Solar Heat Europe is the representative of the solar thermal industry which promotes solar thermal technology in Europe for renewable heating and cooling. The association in Europe, with some 50 members, represents more than 90% of business throughout the value chain directly or indirectly. Solar Heat Europe ensures the development and growth of solar heat technology in Europe.
European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA)
EUBIA association was established in 1996 as an international non-profit organization in Brussels, Belgium. EUBIA’s main aim is to help the European biomass industry at all levels and to encourage sustainable use of biomass as energy sources and bio-based products, establish new concepts of bioenergy and foster international bioenergy co-operation.
European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUROFORES)
EUROFORES is a European cross-party network of Members of Parliaments from the European Parliament as well as from the EU28 national and regional Parliaments. EUFORES core objective is the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency. EUFORES is supported by a variety of non-parliamentary members from the renewable energy industry, scientific institutes, energy agencies and NGOs – all strongly committed to renewable energy and energy efficiency. EUFORES has developed a broad spectrum of activities to coordinate the exchange between its members.
European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA)
The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) is the world’s largest solar power industry association founded in 1995. The Association seeks to encourage the development of photovoltaic at regional, European and world level in the growth of its companies both in the EU and in export markets.
Ocean Energy Europe (OEE)
The largest network of ocean energy specialists in the world is Ocean Energy Europe (OEE). It includes more than 120 organizations, including leading European companies, business and research institutes.
PV Cycle Association
PV Cycle is an association which manages a photovoltaic collection and recycling system for its members across Europe.
Renewable Energy Association of the UK (REA)
REA is an association representing British producers of renewable energy. It encourages renewable energy use in the UK by designing and promoting legislation, training, practice codes, networking, conferences and industry updates.
SolarsPower Europe is committed to making the solar system the core of an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive power system by 2030 as more energy than any other power source.
Sustainable Fuels represents cleaner, more efficient petroleum blending parts known as fuel ethers in Europe. The European institutions acknowledge Sustainable Fuels as a valuable player in the fuel quality and reduction of automotive emissions. The European institutions consider Sustainable Fuels as a key stakeholder on the quality of fuel and the elimination of vehicle pollution problems.
WindEurope is a Brussels-based association promoting the use of wind power in Europe. It has more than 600 members in over 50 countries. It includes leading producers in the global wind energy market, suppliers of components, research institutes, national wind and renewable energy associations, developers, contractors, power suppliers, financial companies, insurance undertakings, and consultants.