Four EU states sign declaration to provide 230mn households with green electricity

by IANS |

Copenhagen, May 19 (IANS) The Heads of government of Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands signed a joint declaration at the North Sea Summit in Esbjerg, western Denmark, that aims to transform the North Sea into Europe's green powerhouse by 2050.

The four European countries signed the joint pact on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

At the summit, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen set an ambitious goal to quadruple the four countries' total offshore wind capacity by 2030, and increase it to at least 150 gigawatts by 2050. This would allow them to power up to 230 million European homes with green energy.

Along with European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen and European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, Energy Ministers from each country attended the summit.

The Ministers signed a number of bilateral declarations, including goals for green hydrogen, and the creation of more energy islands in the North Sea.

"These commitments made in Esbjerg will also help Europe become independent from fossil fuels in a sustainable way," said Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jorgensen.

"The North Sea will become a renewable hub for Europe and provide power to millions of Europeans."

Earlier on Wednesday, von der Leyen presented the RePowerEU initiative to become independent of Russian gas.

"As part of the measures to accelerate the green transition, we have proposed to make permissions in the EU faster and more streamlined, which will help to take full advantage of the offshore wind potential in Europe," said Simson.

Latest News
BJP in direct contact with 20 cr household to expand its mass base Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 04:34 PM
Perfect 12 from Indian wrestlers at CWG 2022, but tougher tests await them Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 04:04 PM
I-Day: Delhi under heavy security cover Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 03:52 PM
Meta partners with DoorDash to deliver Marketplace items in US Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 03:14 PM
Akasa Air founder, top broker Rakesh Jhunjhunwala passes away Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 03:03 PM
Investing community mourns death of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 02:59 PM
UP ATS arrests one more Jaish terrorist Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 02:57 PM
After airspace closure, 10 Russian planes remain in Germany Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 02:43 PM
Three of a family killed in Gujarat road mishap Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 01:58 PM
One thing that stands out is how Rohit Sharma backs players who aren't performing: Parthiv Patel Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 01:45 PM
Pakistan records 581 new Covid cases, 4 deaths Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 01:24 PM
PM pays homage to all those who lost their lives during Partition Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 12:52 PM
MS Dhoni changes his Instagram DP to Indian tricolour to mark 75 years of independence Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 12:43 PM
Elon Musk hopes for a self-sustaining city on Mars in 20 years Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 12:39 PM
CCI approves merger of HDFC Bank, HDFC Ltd Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 12:37 PM