According to him, recent assessments have: "highlighted the beneficial impact of programmes, such as THERMIE and its predecessors, on the Community's energy policy, particularly on the security of supply and the protection of the environment.
As Mr Desama points out: "The THERMIE programme ends in 1994 and we must now consider the possibility of a new five-year programme.
Small-scale combined heat and power technology in Central Europe, the use of wind turbines, new technology for solar-thermal energy and photovoltaic systems for architects are all areas of technological development which should also be boosted by THERMIE
component of the programme focuses largely on the demonstration of clean, efficient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly energy technologies.
The aim is to create partnerships focused on projects created in the light of mutual interests and shared experiences between several Member States, based on the result achieved by 90 European cities involved in key projects carried out since 1993 under the THERMIE
programme and focused on building and transport energy efficiency.
In addition and to help meet this goal, the Commission announced that the follow-up energy programme to Thermie
will target the protection of ecosystems and will contain a number of environmental actions, including an accelerated promotion of renewable sources of energy.
Over the last few years, it has channelled considerable funds into the demonstration and implementation of renewable energy projects through the THERMIE
and ALTENER programmes to support this emerging industry.