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EU planning offshore wind expansion road map: report

Document part of ‘Green New Deal’ incoming commission president von der Leyen expected to table

The European Commission under incoming president Ursula von der Leyen plans to develop a road map for the build-up of offshore wind, as part of an ambitious ‘Green and Fair New Deal’, German newspaper Tagesspiegel said.

The commission strives for a continent-wide near climate neutrality by 2050, and already during the first 100 days in office plans to come up with a priority list of measures to reach that target, according to a draft document seen by the newspaper’s climate background newsletter.

No details of the offshore wind road map were specified.

“An (almost) completely climate neutral Europe is possibly by 2050,” the document reads, adding that the fight against climate change is one if the EU’s most important goals.

Before being elected as the coming commission president, von der Leyen in a June speech to the European Parliament said that as head of the commission she would submit a plan for a ‘Green Deal for Europe’ and a European Climate Law within her first 100 days in office.

She also proposed bolder emission targets, with a reduction of 50% to 55% by 2030 (when compared to 1990 levels), but according to Tagesspiegel stricter emission goals are not part of the draft document. So far, a reduction of only 40% has been envisaged.

Von der Leyen will take officer on November 1.

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Another focus of the commission is slated to be energy produced directly by buildings, and additional support will likely be granted for energy-slashing renovations.

The incoming commission also plans to support the steel industry in becoming more climate friendly, and wants to step up aid for regions in which coal mining activities will end.

Other planned measures are the tendering of CO2 certificates for inner-European flights as well as an initiative to boost the number of charging stations for electronic vehicles by 1 million until 2025.

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