Launch of the Coalition for Offshore Energy and Nature

RGI is delighted to launch the “Coalition for aligning the development of offshore wind energy with nature protection and healthy marine ecosystems".

The Coalition brings together NGOs, wind industry and transmission system operators across Europe to cooperate on the sustainable deployment of offshore wind, while ensuring alignment with nature protection and healthy marine ecosystems.

The founding members have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU defines how the coalition members will work together on developing a voluntary collaborative approach to planning environmentally friendly offshore wind energy and grid infrastructure.

The Coalition work will support the Maritime Spatial Plans and contribute to the elaboration and implementation of the European climate, energy and environmental objectives. This Coalition for offshore energy and nature strives to fill knowledge gaps, develop and suggest solutions needed and monitor developments as well as impacts and efficacy of measures in the offshore space.


11:30 – 11:40

Welcome and presentation of the Coalition and its Memorandum of Understanding

Antonella Battaglini, CEO Renewables Grid Initiative

11:40 – 11:50


·       Giles Dickson, CEO WindEurope

·       Gerald Kaendler, Head of Asset Management Amprion GmbH

·       Ariel Brunner, Senior Head of Policy BirdLife Europe

·       Antonia Leroy, Head of Ocean Policy, WWF European Policy Office

·       Ulrik Stridbæk, VP, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Ørsted

·       Alfred Hoffmann, Vice President Portfolio & Business Development, Vattenfall

11:50 – 12:10


·       Veronica Manfredi, Director for Directorate C, DG Environment, European Commission

·       Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit A.2, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

12:10 – 12:25

Moderated panel discussion

12:25 – 12:30

Concluding Remarks

Event Video

RGI Offshore activities


Cristina Simioli
Programme Manager - Offshore Energy and Nature

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