The European Commission launched on July 22 a public consultation on its future EU Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy, which will be adopted later this year.
“To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, we need to increase EU’s offshore energy production twenty times,” EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said. “This means making it easier to build large-scale offshore wind parks in an environmentally sustainable way. We must also use the potential of other renewable sources such as offshore solar energy as well as new opportunities of tidal and ocean energy.”
The EU Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy will support the development and integration of offshore sources into the EU energy mix, to support our 2030 and 2050 climate ambitions, the Commission said, adding it will outline a new approach for exploiting Europe’s offshore renewable energy potential in a sustainable and inclusive way, and will help to overcome existing barriers. This is a crucial part of the European Green Deal and the NextGenerationEU recovery package, as it will help to create jobs and boost investments as we deploy clean new technologies across the EU.
According to the Commission, enhancing domestic energy production will help to provide affordable energy to EU citizens, and will boost Europe’s resilience and security of supply.