When the European Parliament over the next six months has to write the strategy for a future with renewable energy from the sea, it will be with Morten Helveg Petersen (R) at the end of the table.
On Wednesday, the MEP was elected rapporteur, or chief negotiator, on Parliament’s position on offshore energy.
This is a task that is particularly interesting for Denmark, he believes, as Danish companies are leaders in the development of technologies, and as Denmark is well placed for the production of energy from offshore wind turbines.
“We are so lucky that we are located where we do, with friendly neighbors and a lot of wind out on the North Sea. It’s a great adventure we can open here if we play it right. It requires a lot of regulation, because it is easier said than done, “says Morten Helveg Petersen.
He must now join forces with the other groups in parliament to get the country the common position on offshore, before starting negotiations with the EU countries later.
‘There will be different attitudes, interests and levels of ambition. It’s going to be a bit of a puzzle. It is the political craft that must be made now so that we can achieve the ambitious climate goals. “
Negotiations are expected to continue over the next six months.
EU countries agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030, and the union must be climate neutral by 2050.
More than 80 percent of the EU’s electricity must be produced from renewable energy sources to achieve the goals, the European Commission has estimated.
Climate goals require new technologies. One of them is Power-to-X (PTX), where you store green energy, such as electricity from wind turbines, in gas or liquids as wood spirit.
“It includes a change in the transport sector, which is one of the big culprits. It includes PTX. If we are to live up to the climate goal, then we must have full drone on PTX to convert that sector from the fossil to something sustainable, “says Helveg.
Another challenge will be to change an attitude towards how member states view energy supply. It is traditionally something that is perceived as a national issue.
For years, for example, it was difficult to get green electricity from Denmark exported to the south when Germany blocked the electricity.
“That with energy and energy supply is something that the countries sit and grease with nationally. But those times are just over. We have to think across borders, “says Morten Helveg Petersen.
This is especially true of the green power produced at sea, he believes.
»I think that when we think 5-10-15 years ahead, we will see some projects out on the North Sea jointly owned by several countries. Where to find out how it is regulated. It’s quite complicated stuff when you dive into it. “
“But those structures must be in place, otherwise we will not be able to exploit the huge potential that is out on the North Sea. That is what we are aiming for, ”he says.
/ ritzau /
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