LEAK: EU aims for 25-fold growth in offshore wind by 2050

(EurActiv, 16 Nov 2020) Offshore wind capacity in the EU “should be multiplied by 25 times by 2050” as the European Commission looks for all possible ways of boosting the share of renewables in energy consumption, according to a draft policy document seen by EURACTIV.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the EU would aim for a 250% growth in offshore wind by 2050. 

The projected rise in offshore wind is highlighted in a leaked draft of the European Commission’s offshore renewable energy strategy, due to be presented on Thursday (19 November).

Today, European offshore capacity stands at 23 gigawatts (GW). The leaked strategy wants the EU to reach 60 GW by 2030 and 300 GW by 2050.

The North Sea, the Baltic, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea all have potential for greater deployment of wind turbines, with the North Sea currently holding the world’s top spot for offshore wind.

“The wind industry stands ready to deliver on the challenging and ambitious expansion targets. Wind is cheap and scalable,” said Ivan Pineda, director of public affairs at WindEurope, an industry group.

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EurActiv, 16 Nov 2020: LEAK: EU aims for 25-fold growth in offshore wind by 2050