EU's goal for offshore wind energy achievable if conditions met: report

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-26 21:20:13|Editor: xuxin
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COPENHAGEN, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The European Union's goal for raising offshore wind energy production to between 230 and 450 gigawatts by mid-century is achievable provided the conditions are right, a report said on Tuesday.

The report is a conclusion of the feasibility study "Our Energy, Our Future" released during the opening of WindEurope Offshore 2019 in the Danish captial.

The report was produced at the request of the European Commission and energy ministers of 10 North Seas countries who are coordinating their work on offshore wind energy.

"Offshore wind energy is at the core of how Europe can go carbon-neutral," it said, but scaling up from the current 20 gigawatts to 450 gigawatts by 2050 will "require a visionary approach."

According to the report, the offshore wind supply chain needs to continue growing and the grid connections need to be built. What's more, governments of related countries need to take the right approach to maritime spatial planning.

The report also examines where 450 gigawatts of offshore wind energy could be deployed most cost-effectively around Europe, and concludes that 212 gigawatts should be deployed in the North Sea, 85 gigawatts in the Atlantic, 83 gigawatts in the Baltic and 70 gigawatts in the Mediterranean and other Southern European waters.

WindEurope, formerly the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), is an association based in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, and promotes the use of wind power in Europe.