The North Sea as a Hub for Renewable Energy, Sustainable Economies, and Biodiversity

In a new white paper, Ecofys and Navigant investigate the opportunities a North Sea grid would bring to the region

A North Sea Grid could make a significant contribution to supplying Europe with CO2-neutral electricity. For countries surrounding the North Sea, this could be more than 15 percent of the region’s total electricity demand by 2030. In a new white paper, Ecofys and Navigant investigate the opportunities such an offshore grid would bring to the region in terms of the sustainable development of energy, economies, and marine life.

Next to vital contributions to European renewable energy and climate goals and the creation of additional jobs, careful planning of this infrastructure could also bring about new protected areas for marine biodiversity. Realizing a North Sea energy system will, however, require equal understanding of the involved barriers. The experts also address the key challenges and make early suggestions on how to overcome them.

Navigant and Ecofys have a long track record in advising leading utilities and working with many of the stakeholders involved in the development of the North Sea Grid. This paper is the second in a series of thought leadership pieces on the potential for an offshore grid in the North Sea.

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