Brussels, Belgium

RGI-WindEurope-OCEaN Conference: Speeding up Nature Positive Offshore Energy Infrastructure Deployment

On 19 October, RGI, WindEurope and the Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) hosted a conference in Brussels discussing challenges and possible solutions to accelerate offshore energy infrastructure deployment while also restoring Europe’s marine ecosystems.

On 19 October, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI), WindEurope and the Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) co-organised an event discussing challenges and possible solutions to accelerate offshore energy infrastructure deployment while also restoring Europe’s marine ecosystems.

The combined crises of climate change, biodiversity, and energy security require an acceleration of renewable energy and electricity grids deployment, with offshore wind playing an increasingly relevant contribution in reaching renewable energy targets. However, the degraded state of our marine ecosystems requires due consideration: offshore wind energy projects and connecting grid infrastructure, when properly planned and deployed, can and should instrumentally contribute to the restoration of our seas and become nature positive. With this in mind, the conference kick-started discussions on reconciling potential conflicts between nature and energy infrastructure. Emphasis was placed on reducing the risk of delays, utilisation of careful and comprehensive planning and identifying solutions which need to be deployed at scale by permitting authorities and project developers alike as part of the timely achievement of EU’s renewable energy and nature restoration goals.

Participants and speakers discussed joint solutions for implementing, financing, and disseminating practices on nature positive offshore energy and grid infrastructure throughout the day. You can view our photo gallery of the event below or on Flickr here.

For more information or in case of questions, please get in touch with charlotte@renewables-grid.eu.

Agenda

Highlights video

Photo Gallery

View all the photos from the event on our Flickr gallery here

Speaker Presentations

Contact

Charlotte Mueller
Junior Manager - Communication

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t: +49 30 7677194 50
charlotte[at]renewables-grid.eu

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