This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

June 26, 2002

Countries Invited to Declare Themselves "GREEN"

The World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) held its first policy and strategy forum in June, which led to the proposed formation of a new coalition of nations: the Group of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Nations, or GREEN Nations. The WCRE proposes that if at least two nations declare themselves to be members, it stands ready to facilitate the group. At present, membership is loosely defined as being willing to pursue renewable energy as a sustainable development strategy and as being committed to the goal of globally proliferating renewable energy.

The WCRE forum also led to an "Action Plan for the Proliferation of Renewable Energy," which proposes a number of actions, including a Renewable Energy Proliferation Treaty, an International Renewable Energy Agency, an integrated approach to renewable energy within the United Nations, lowered trade barriers for renewable technologies, and aggressive financing of renewable energy by national and international development banks. See the WCRE Web site.