THE DEVELOPMENT of alternative energy sources within the European Union is important, not just for improving the environment, but also to help guarantee the security of the EU's electricity supplies, energy Commissioner Loyola de Palacio has said.

Speaking at the Sanderstølen Conference 2002, she stressed that with Europe being increasingly reliant on imported fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, the need for the EU to develop its own fuel supplies - such as biofuels - was becoming more important, especially in the current climate of ...

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