Europe warned about virus impact on clean tech

(EurActiv, 17 Mar 2020) Governments across Europe should keep clean energy top of mind as they consider measures to protect their economies against a likely recession caused by the coronavirus, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said.

The European Commission is paying close attention to the economic impact of the coronavirus, saying border shutdowns risk disrupting entire product value chains – ranging from automotive to agriculture and food. And this is valid also for wind, solar and energy-saving technologies.

“On renewables, this is definitely one dimension in a very complex situation that we are facing at the moment,” EU Commission spokesperson Eric Mamer told a regular press briefing on Monday (16 March)

But he said it was too early to make recommendations to EU member states at this stage about potential measures to prop up investments in clean technologies.

“We will have to see as events unfold what analysis we can make of the impact on investments in various areas and how we can react,” Mamer said.

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