Strategy to harness the potential of offshore renewable energy for a climate neutral future

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Series Details COM (2020) 471
Publication Date 19/11/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 19 November 2020, setting out an EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy.

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The Strategy proposes to increase Europe's offshore wind capacity from 12 GW to at least 60 GW by 2030 and to 300 GW by 2050. The Commission aims to complement this with 40 GW of ocean energy and other emerging technologies such as floating wind and solar by 2050. To promote the scale-up of offshore energy capacity, the Commission is to encourage cross-border cooperation between Member States on long term planning and deployment. This requires integrating offshore renewable energy development objectives in the National Maritime Spatial Plans which coastal states are due to submit to the Commission by March 2021. The Commission also intends to propose a framework under the revised TEN-E Regulation for long-term offshore grid planning, involving regulators and the Member States in each sea basin.

The Commission also vows to:

  • Provide a clear and supportive legal framework;
  • Help mobilise all relevant funds to support the sector's development;
  • Ensure a strengthened supply chain.

An accompanying Staff Working Document (SWD) provides guidance on electricity market arrangements. The Communication was published in the framework of the Commission's European Green Deal.

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EurActiv, 18/11/2020: France’s ambitious offshore strategy faces obstacles
European Environmental Bureau: Press Release, 19/11/2020: EU offshore wind strategy must ensure protection of marine habitats
Politico, 19/11/2020: Sun, surf and the sea — the EU’s green energy recipe
CEEP: News, 19/11/2020: European Commission delivers the EU Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy

The Guardian, 16/11/2020: EU plans to increase offshore windfarm capacity 25-fold
EurActiv, 17/11/2020: EU aims for ‘massive change of scale’ on tidal, wave energy
Euronews, 19/11/2020: Wind of change? EU wants big increase in offshore renewables by 2050
Reuters, 19/11/2020: European Union plans mammoth expansion of offshore wind farms
EUObserver, 20/11/2020: EU unveils €800bn offshore renewables plan

EUR-Lex: SWD(2020)273: Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication - Guidance on electricity market arrangements: A future-proof market design for offshore renewable hybrid projects
European Commission: Topics: Renewable Energy: EU strategy on offshore renewable energy
European Commission: Press Release, 19/11/2020: Boosting Offshore Renewable Energy for a Climate Neutral Europe
European Commission: Questions and Answers: The Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy (19 November 2020)
European Commission: Press remarks by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Kadri Simson on the EU Offshore Renewable Strategy (19 November 2020)

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