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MEPs made recommendations on how to deploy offshore wind faster, in a report adopted on Wednesday.
The report, voted by MEPs in response to a request from the European Commission Communication, stresses that achieving the 2030 and 2050 targets requires faster deployment of offshore renewable energy (ORE), but that maritime space and coasts must be managed in a more sustainable way. MEPs say a net-zero economy requires the deployment of renewables on an unprecedented scale, and stress the urgency of improving and expanding existing infrastructure. Many member states are lagging behind in the necessary switch to renewables, they say.
MEPs stress the importance of shortening permit procedures and call on Member States to put in place a transparent process and to consider introducing time limits for issuing permits if necessary.
They point out that the EU is a technology leader in the raw mineral production sector and could expect a significant economic boost by supporting the growth of clean energy generation. The NextGenerationEU recovery fund offers a unique opportunity to raise capital in addition to private investment, they say.
Building consensus around offshore wind projects
MEPs say offshore wind farms can benefit marine biodiversity if they are designed and built sustainably, but must co-exist with other activities, such as fishing and shipping. They underline that efforts must be made to gain public acceptance of offshore wind and to convince citizens that renewable energies are essential to achieve energy independence and security of supply.
Designing, developing and deploying offshore renewable energy in a circular and renewable way is crucial, as substantial amounts of metals and minerals are needed, say MEPs. They are calling for an EU-wide landfill ban on decommissioned wind turbine blades by 2025.
“The offshore renewable energy strategy is the key to the green transition, where time is running out. We need a lot of green electricity to meet our climate goals and the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy is absolutely essential in this regard,” said the Senior MEP. Morten Peterson (Renew, DK).
“Today’s vote shows that we all understand the urgency of the issue and that we are putting offshore renewables at the forefront of the fight against climate change. We need to introduce delays and remove the many obstacles that still hinder a rapid and successful integration of renewables in Europe,” he added.
The report was adopted by 518 votes to 88, with 85 abstentions.
According to the European Commission, the energy production targets for BROs in all EU sea basins are at least 60 GW by 2030 and 340 GW by 2050. MEPs point out that the cost of wind offshore has fallen dramatically over the past two decades (48% drop between 2010 and 2020), making it one of the most competitive sources of energy. However, if fossil fuels and fossil fuel subsidies are not removed, it will be impossible to meet renewable energy targets and limit global warming to less than 1.5°C by the end of the century. , they say.