Graham Watson MEP
Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar
A local champion with an international reputation
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Published on Tuesday 6th December 2011
The Climate Parliament
Graham is chair of a global network of MPs from around the world called the Climate Parliament. From Congressmen in the United States to members of the Ghanaian Parliament, legislators use the network to exchange ideas on new laws and policies to increase the use of renewable energy and combat climate change.
In the European Parliament, the Climate Parliament has an active group of MEPs which work together to promote investment in renewable energy and increased interconnection between national electricity grids to allow renewable energy to be shared across borders in a European energy supergrid.
Renewable energy supergrids
Did you know that solar panels on just 1% of the Sahara desert could provide enough electricity to power the region and Europe's entire energy needs?
A number of major initiatives are beginning to foster, including a major project by a coalition of companies called Desertec to build a solar panel network from North Africa to Southern Europe. If successful, Desertec's plans will mean that 100% of North Africa and 15% of Europe's energy needs would be met by solar power by 2050, creating a 100% renewable supergrid between Africa and Europe.
A similar supergrid is under discussion in the North Seas, using wind, tidal, hydro and geothermal from in and around the North Sea, including the huge wind and tidal off the coast of the South West.
More information on this can be found in a pamphlet Graham produced in 2009 entitled Making the Green Energy Switch at a Time of Crisis. To download, please follow the link below.