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Call for renewables export council

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An export council for renewable energies should be founded in Germany with the support of the government, says the German branch of European solar organisation, Eurosolar. A council to facilitate exports "is a central economic and environmental task for the new government," says Eurosolar president Hermann Scheer. He points to the US Export Council on Renewable Energies and says that attempts to set up a corresponding European council have failed due to lack of support from the European Commission. Arguing for a German export council, Eurosolar claims that German renewables companies have no worldwide marketing structures and seldom have the resources to participate in international trade fairs. The export council should unite associations, non-government as well as state-run development organisations and banks, Eurosolar says. The lobby group has identified ten main tasks for an export council, including the development of new financing instruments and promoting contacts with trading organisations, potential customers and governments.

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