The fundamental principle that should be observed is that
as little energy as possible, of whatever origin, should be consumed.
That said, agrofuel production can go some way towards meeting the
growing demand for energy, although much research needs to be done
in this area. Moreover, the threat that growing plants for agrofuel
is alleged to pose to the environment and to food production, whether
for animal or human consumption, has probably been exaggerated.
It is nevertheless right that the Parliamentary Assembly should call
on the Council of Europe member states to be duly cautious when
promoting the use of agrofuel as part of their national strategies
for renewable energy. In the meantime, member states should promote
the more efficient use of renewable energy. They should also encourage
the retrieval of the many inventions lying dormant in the European
and national patent offices. The current financial crisis presents
an opportunity to provide inventors and developers with start-up
capital, thus stimulating an innovative economy and creating new