In an effort to boost energy independence from Russia, Poland has initiated a joint project to harness the natural potential of the Baltic Sea.
On September 30, Poland together with the European Commission and ministers from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany and Sweden fabricated and signed the Baltic Sea Offshore Wind Declaration.
On September 30, Poland’s Climate Minister Michal Kurtyka said the development of offshore possibilities to generate maximum economic benefits from the development of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea.
Poland can become a leader in offshore wind development in the Baltic Sea, with its target installed capacity of 28 GW in 2050, as estimated in Wind Europe’s report. It is more than one-third of the total capacity that could be built in the region.
The minister also pointed out that in the future the region around the Baltic Sea will be a particularly attractive area for location of manufacturing facilities for offshore wind turbine components.
The largest beneficiaries in Poland will include shipyards, the highly polluting steel and metal processing industry, It will also boost service and installation companies, while potentially blocking the development of the Nord Stream gas pipeline to Germany?
Baltic Sea Offshore Wind Declaration Vice President Kamila Tarnacka pointed out that an ambitious approach to development of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea waters is a key to maximizing economic benefits.
By making use of the largest potential for offshore wind in the Baltic Sea, we can build a new sector of the economy around the emerging industry and become specialized in manufacturing of selected components of offshore turbines.
We hope that offshore wind will become Poland’s primary export industry, and Polish companies will be strong links in the international supply chain for offshore.
According to PWEA’s Vice-President, tapping the full potential of the Baltic Sea and generating electricity at the lowest cost would not be possible without initiating a multi-level cooperation between the region’s countries.
EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said that the first legislative instrument for the mandate must force the Regulation on Trans-European Energy Networks to be revised by the end of 2020.
New Europe / ABC Flash Point Visual Pollution News 2020.