A Coalition of NGOs, wind industry and transmission system operators has joined forces today to cooperate on the sustainable deployment of offshore wind, while ensuring alignment with nature protection and healthy marine ecosystems. 18 organisations from across Europe have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and committed themselves to working together.
“RGI is proud to be part of this Coalition and to act as convener and coordinator for this diverse group of stakeholders. Renewable Offshore infrastructure is essential for Europe to meet its climate and energy targets. Planning collaboratively and with an ecosystem approach is the only way to avoid damages, delays and conflicts.” Antonella Battaglini - CEO Renewables Grid Initiative.
“This is an excellent initiative. Industry and NGOs need to work together for the EU to fulfil its climate and biodiversity objectives, become the first climate-neutral continent and be an example to the world. Offshore wind energy will be a central part of Europe’s energy transition, of a just transition and of economic recovery. The wind industry is delighted to join forces with Civil Society and TSOs to ensure the expansion of offshore wind keeps our seas healthy, clean and productive. This is the start of essential collaboration.” Giles Dickson - CEO WindEurope
"Our oceans are a rich resource, both of mindblowing clean energy potential and of awesome marine life. As we harvest sustainable offshore power to fight the climate crisis, we must ensure we preserve and protect the ecosystems within our waters. If we get it right, both nature and the climate will reap the rewards." Antonia Leroy, Head of Ocean Policy - WWF European Policy Office