The European Union (EU) must recognize the fundamental role of offshore wind ports in its trans-European transport network (TEN-T) policy.

With a revision currently underway, the EU wants its TEN-T to better support the transition towards cleaner, greener and smarter mobility, in line with the European Green Deal. This will only succeed if eligibility criteria for the TEN-T do not penalize offshore wind ports, argued the representative body.

With its trans-European transport network policy (TEN-T), the European Union aims to build an efficient, multimodal and high-quality transport infrastructure across the EU, consisting of roads, railways, waterways, and maritime routes.

The EU wants to use the ongoing revision of the TEN-T to adapt European transport networks to the implementation of the “European Green Deal”.

Large investments

By 2030, Europe will need to invest 8.5 billion euros in its port infrastructure. This will require support at the European level to help maritime countries and regions coordinate and generate the necessary investments.

The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) along with companies in the sector, urge the European Union and member states to recognize the vital role that ports play in reducing carbon emissions through wind energy. In particular, they should ensure that the revision of the TEN-T includes parameters that are in line with Europe’s decarbonization goals.

Source: El periódico de la energía