Nine North Sea countries target 260GW of offshore wind energy by 2050

The North Seas Energy Co-operation ministers, for the first time, agreed on the aggregate, non-binding offshore renewable targets for the maritime area of the entire NSEC region last week

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The nine North Seas Energy Co-operation (NSEC) countries have agreed a target for at least 260GW of offshore wind energy by 2050.

The significant increase in the deployment of renewable energy represents more than 85% of the EU-wide ambition of reaching 300GW by 2050.

The NSEC is a regional non-binding and voluntary EU co-operation framework which aims to advance the development of offshore renewable energy in the geographical area of the North Seas, including the Irish and Celtic Seas.

It is based on a political declaration adopted in 2016, with membership comprised of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the European Commission.

The NSEC ministers, for the first time, agreed on the aggregate, non-binding offshore renewable targets for the maritime area of the entire NSEC region at the ministerial meeting in Dublin last week.

The Co-Presidency of the NSEC is held by the EU Commission on a permanent basis and one NSEC member state for a rotating 12-month period, with Ireland holding the role for 2022.

Eamon Ryan, Ireland’s Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, said: “Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and the consequential energy price shock and security of supply crisis has shown us how crucial it is that we move away, as quickly as possible, from our reliance on expensive and ransomed fossil fuels. It has also shown us how important unity across the European Union has been in responding to this crisis.

“When it comes to realising the potential of offshore wind, again, it is best that we work in unity, that we set agreed targets and that we operate as a collective. With this approach, we can provide assurances to householders and businesses – in our own countries and across Europe – that firstly, Europe will be energy independent, and secondly, that these new renewable energy sources and resultant hydrogen from our seas will be fairly shared and critically, will be affordable.”