The European Parliament has voted to dedicate two thirds of the non-nuclear energy research budget to renewable energy and energy efficiency, under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).

If the decision made at the plenary session in Strasbourg is agreed by the Member States at the next Competitiveness Council, non-nuclear energy research will total €2.4 billion over the seven years of the programme (2007 – 2013). Two thirds of this for renewables and energy efficiency would equal about €226 million per annum. Nuclear energy research is expected to receive €580 million per annum over the next five years under the separate Euratom research budget.