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“Responsible Energy for European Regions”: New Blog by the Assembly of European Regions and GE Energy to promote discussion on European Energy Challenges


22 Jun 2010


Regional Policy

Brussels (B), 22 June 2010. The Assembly of European Regions (AER) and GE Energy today announced the launch of R.E.F.E.R. (Responsible Energy for European Regions), a blog aimed at facilitating thoughts and discussion on energy matters across all regions of Europe. Available at, R.E.F.E.R. reports on the latest energy news, energy analysis and commentary about the various regional energy markets, energy efficiency, regional sustainability, secure energy supplies and public policies from across Europe. Far from being a mere publication, R.E.F.E.R. will allow the exchange of views and ideas between politicians, companies, researchers and citizens.

“Global warming is our generation’s greatest challenge and solving it is an opportunity to build a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future. With the regional approach, we transform the debate and lay the groundwork for a successful, multi-stakeholder climate action agenda.” said Michèle Sabban, AER President. “I invite all living forces, politicians, civil society and citizens, to join and enrich this blog and help us improve the implementation of sustainable energy solutions that will benefit both the regions’ economy and our citizens’ quality-of-life”.

“Our goal is to support Europe in meeting its ambitious 20-20-20 climate goals. Apart from offering our extensive portfolio of greener and more efficient energy technologies, supporting initiatives like this blog can help support development, growth and networking in all areas of energy. We want to encourage discussions on various issues and share different views to raise awareness of what we can do today to build a sustainable future”, said Ricardo Cordoba, President of GE Energy for Western Europe and North Africa.

The Assembly of European Regions (AER) and GE Energy welcome your comments at

Well-structured and reader-friendly, R.E.F.E.R. (Responsible Energy For European Regions) provides news and expert views on the latest energy developments and facilitates discussion around them.

About AER - GE Energy’s cooperation

The blog is the latest joint initiative of GE Energy and AER, who in 2009 have teamed up in an innovative collaboration between public and private stakeholders in the energy field to tackle climate change on a regional level. By joining forces, AER and GE Energy have created a unique gateway between globally renowned energy experts and regional public decision makers. The aim is both to support the European Union’s energy and environmental strategy and to facilitate the creation of a benchmark centre of expertise and solution provision in the energy field for all European regions.

AER and GE Energy have held the first European Regions Energy Day in April 2010, a joint initiative to examine the energy challenges facing European regions today and to promote their possible solutions. The European Regions Energy Day is the first summit to bring together regional decision makers and European energy experts and will be held annually in Brussels, Belgium.


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