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North Sea Summit: North Sea to produce 65W Offshore Wind Energy by 2030 

On 18 May 2022, Denmark hosted leaders from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the North Sea Summit, event aiming to make the North Sea Europe's green power plant.

THE north sea summit

On May 18th 2022, European leaders gathered in Esbjerg at the historical North Sea Summit. Due to the strong commitment among government leaders to produce 65 GW offshore wind by 2030 and doubling the offshore wind capacity to a minimum of 150 GW prior to 2050, the North Sea will be Europe’s future green power plant.

At the summit, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany signed ‘the Esbjerg Declaration’. This declaration legally commits the countries to deliver half of the offshore wind demanded by the EU Commission in order to reach climate neutrality in Europe.

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"I am very happy to be here today to witness the action you are taking here, as four countries, with the memorandum you have signed, which, indeed, is a very strong political commitment from your countries to making the North Sea Europe's green power plant."
Ursula von der Leyen President of the European Commission
The summit also produced a Declaration of Energy Ministers which emphasizes the desire to turn the North Sea into a green powerplant of Europe. The declaration underlines the European Union's goal to fight climate change and improve energy security in the midst of recent geopolitical events. Concretely, the participant nations will cooperate to replace fossil fuels - including Russian oil, coal and gas - with European renewable energy from the North Sea including offshore wind and green hydrogen through PtX.
Source: The European Commission

repowereu and going forward

Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, European alliances are more necessary than ever before. The REPowerEU Action Plan contains nine concrete initiatives to ensure European independence from Russian fossil. An essential part of the action plan is the acceleration of permitting procedures regarding renewables by shortening the permitting duration from seven years to one.

At the North Sea Summit, President of the European Commission Ursala von der Leyen expressed how Esbjerg would play a vital role in development of accelerating permits. 

Going forward, the new political agreements will ensure a strong commitment to green hydrogen and Power-to-X solutions.

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