Offshore wind turbines with EU flag overlayed
Offshore wind turbines with EU flag overlayed
Offshore wind turbines with EU flag overlayed

EU parliament adopts new strategy on offshore renewables

The members of the European Parliament adopted yesterday recommendations on how to deploy offshore wind more quickly.

The EU Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy lays out the goals of reaching at least 60 GW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2030, and 300 GW by 2050. The EU also aims to develop at least 1 GW of ocean energy (wave and tidal converters) and other emerging technologies by 2030, and 40 GW by 2050.

The report specifies that meeting the 2030 and 2050 targets will require a faster pace in the deployment of offshore renewable energy. It adds that maritime space and coastlines will have to be managed more sustainably throughout the process.

The administrative formalities linked to development are also mentioned, with the report calling on EU member states to do what they can to shorten the time it takes to issue permits. The document calls for a transparent process, and suggests considering introducing time limits for issuing permits when necessary.

According to the report, the net-zero targets for 2050 require renewable energy to be deployed on an unprecedented scale. Existing infrastructure will need to be both improved and expanded.

The importance of sustainability

The report stresses the importance of devising ways to develop and deploy offshore energy in a circular and renewable way, since substantial amounts of metals and minerals will be needed. It adds that offshore wind farms can benefit marine biodiveristy if designed and built with sustainability in mind. However they will need to coexist alongside other offhsore activities such as fishing and shipping.

The members of the European Parliament also call for a EU-wide landfill ban for decommissioned wind turbine blades, by 2025.