The strategy of using off-shore renewable energy sources is the key to green transition

Offshore vjetroelektrana Rampion / Foto: Nicholas Doherty, Unsplash

The members of the European Parliament have recently been dealing with renewable energy sources which they consider necessary for achieving the European dream of reaching zero emissions of greenhouse gases by the year 2050. “The strategy of using energy from off-shore renewable sources is the key to the green transition and time is of the essence in this regard. We need a great amount of green electric power in order to attain our climate goals and the use of energy from renewable offshore sources is absolutely essential in this regard. Today’s voting demonstrated that all of us have a clear understanding that the use of energy from renewable offshore sources is at the forefront of the battle against climate change- the Euro-parliamentarian Morten Peterson pointed out after the Resolution on EU’s Strategy on using energy from off-shore renewable sources  was voted on with 518 for, 88 against and 85 abstentions, as reported by the  European Parliament.

The report on which the members of the European Parliament voted,  as well as the reply related to the announcement of the European Commission, underscore that the fulfilment of the goals for 2030 and 2050 require  the speedier application of off-shore renewable energy (ORE) while managing offshore and coastal areas in a more sustainable manner.

The members of the European Parliament pointed out that an economy with net zero emissions requires the use of renewable energy in unprecedented proportions and emphasized the urgency of improving and enhancing the existing infrastructure, They also pointed out that many member states lag behind in the necessary transition to renewable energy sources.

They underlined that the EU was a technological leader in the sector of offshore renewable energy production and that it could expect a significant economic boost by supporting the growth of clean energy production. The Next Generation Recovery Fund provides the EU with a unique opportunity for mobilizing capital from private investment- the Parliament members reiterated.

Among other they underscored that offshore wind farms could also use the submarine biodiversity if they were sustainably designed and developed but must coexist together with other activities, such as fishing and underwater transport. They emphasized the necessity of taking appropriate actions aimed at having the public accept wind farms and convincing citizens that renewable energy is the key to achieving energy independence and its secure supply.

It is crucial, as they pointed out, to develop offshore renewable energy in a circular and renewable way given that considerable amounts of metals and minerals are required. They also called for the ban of wind turbine blade landfills in the entire European Union by 2025.

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