European Commission inviting applications for new working group on offshore renewables
The European Commission has launched a call for expression of interest to become a member of a new working group on offshore renewable energy, under the framework of the clean energy industrial forum. The deadline for applications is 10 September 2021 and the call is open to all relevant stakeholder organisations.
Following on from last year’s Commission Strategy for Offshore Renewable Energy, the mandate of the group will be to help contribute to reaching the EU’s offshore renewable energy ambitions of an installed capacity of at least 60 GW offshore wind and at least 1 GW of ocean energy by 2030, with a view to achieving capacity of at least 300 GW and 40 GW respectively by 2050.
In concrete terms, the working group will identify and define the challenges which the sector faces and potential implementation bottlenecks for reaching the 2030 and 2050 goals – and develop recommendations for overcoming these. Amongst others, this is likely to focus on the critical value chain, the different supply chain segments, and associated investments – all of which need to be scaled up in order to ensure that EU renewables deployment targets can be met in a sustainable way (e.g. circularity).
The members of the working group will be decided in the first half of September with the first meeting likely in mid-October.