CAN Europe welcomes the preparation of the EU offshore renewable energy strategy. To ensure we reach net zero emissions by 2040, EU Member States need to phase out fossil fuels and commit to a strong reduction in energy consumption and a transition of our energy system to one that is 100% based on renewable energy sources (RES) by 2040. The current 2030 EU RES target is not in line with the Paris Agreement objective to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C. In the coming decade and beyond, EU Member States need to significantly increase the deployment of renewable energy.
Offshore renewable energy will be a key technology part of the future energy transition. To support the needed multiplication of offshore renewable energy capacities, the EU and its Member States need to improve planning, increase regional collaboration and significantly improve the regulatory framework to ensure sufficient offshore renewable energy is deployed fitting with a scenario in line with the 1.5°C target. However, while doing so, the deployment should be handled with respect for marine ecosystems. It is imperative that climate, energy and marine biodiversity policy are reinforcing each other.