Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands want to increase the capacity of wind turbines in the North Sea tenfold by 2050. They signed an agreement to this effect today in the Danish city of Esbjerg.
In an effort to break free from oil and natural gas, especially from Russia, the four North Sea countries are taking a big leap forward. They are joining forces to turn the North Sea into a great green power plant. The agreement was signed by Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
The ambitions of the Esbjerg Declaration are not secondary, the goal being to increase the total capacity of offshore wind farms for the four countries to 65 gigawatts by 2030. This amounts to a quadruple. In 2050, the goal is to double that capacity again, to 150 gigawatts, or ten times the current capacity. This corresponds to the energy consumption of 150 million households.
The goal is to work together and connect as many different wind farms as possible into one large network. The planned power cable between our country and Denmark – in which Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten (Green) took the lead – is the important backbone of that large green power plant in the North Sea. Energy ministers from the four countries committed to cooperating and signed an agreement in Esbjerg.
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