How to integrate nature into offshore wind and grid infrastructure: a spotlight on auctioning | WindEurope Annual Event 2023

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How to integrate nature into offshore wind and grid infrastructure: a spotlight on auctioning

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When: Wednesday 26 April, 12:30-15:30

Where: Meeting Room 18 + 19, Level 1

Open to: Invitation only

We are at a crossroads where different crises need to be tackled simultaneously: climate change, biodiversity loss, energy security, and economic recovery. On the one hand, Europe has made ambitious commitments for the expansion of wind energy infrastructure, with offshore wind representing a significant share of the new capacity to be deployed. On the other hand, the European Commission has proposed an EU Nature Restoration Law, which aims to restore 20% of EU’s land and sea ecosystems by 2030.

These twin ambitions can come into conflict, as all infrastructure has an environmental impact. However, there are opportunities for the offshore wind and grid sectors to go beyond emissions reduction and apply measures that can not only minimise environmental risks but contribute to the enhancement of ecosystems. This is particularly important for the offshore environment, where wind infrastructure, and consequently the connecting grid, is expected to increase from 30 GW today to more than 150 GW by 2030.

This event, organised by the Renewables Grid Initiative, WindEurope, and Members of the Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature, focuses on how to integrate nature into offshore wind and grid infrastructure by bringing together the perspectives of EU Members States, wind developers, transmission system operators, and NGOs. We will zoom into the design of offshore auctions and the relevance of integrating sustainability and biodiversity measures as part of the selection criteria to award offshore wind projects.

For more information please contact Deni Bellamy.

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