European Commission should help organise Europe’s sea space

As mentioned by Megan Swieca on the EWEA Blog:

Offshore renewable energies are expanding to meet the EU’s 2020 renewable energy targets, but renewables are one of many activities competing for space at sea. Meanwhile, Europe’s maritime nations are currently operating under their own planning rules and guidelines, which often conflict with their neighbours and waste time and money.

This was the focus of a two year project, funded by the European Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme and coordinated by EWEA, entitled SEANERGY 2020. The main findings and policy recommendations of the project were presented at a final workshop as part of the European Union Sustainable Energy Week.

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European Commission should encourage sea space planning

The European Commission needs to encourage EU Member States to carry out maritime spatial planning, and co-operate on how they use their sea space, due to the growing number of users of Europe’s seas – including offshore renewable energy – a new report, co-financed by the European Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme, finds.

The report – Seanergy 2020 launched today at EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels – finds that currently there is little in the way of maritime spatial planning (MSP) in Europe’s maritime states but Member States sharing the same sea basin would benefit from co-operation – and the European Commission could provide MSP through a Directive or guidelines.

“It is necessary to act now” said Dorina Iuga, Senior Project Manager at European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). “MSP will guarantee sea space for offshore renewables and would give the industry more confidence to invest. The EU should draft an MSP Directive or guidelines requiring Member States to implement national sea space planning in cooperation with the other Member States sharing a sea basin.”

The Dogger Bank area in the North Sea, stretching over four countries and with a multitude of sea uses – from environmental protection areas to wind farms and fishing – is a good example of where coordination on MSP is key: helping to minimise conflict between different sea users.

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SEANERGY 2020: EEZs needed to help offshore wind in Mediterranean Sea

As mentioned in Wind Directions, September 2011:

The limited amount of exclusive economic zones (EEZs) in the Mediterranean Sea means maritime spatial planning (MSP) is more difficult. Greater numbers of EEZs would facilitate MSP and therefore offshore wind energy development.

Planning for the planet

As explained by Dorina Iuga, SEANERGY 2020 project manager,  in International Innovation (Environment Edition, August 2011):

SEANERGY 2020 was inspired by two recent developments. The first was the adoption ofthe 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, which set the EU objective of renewables reaching a 20% share of total energy consumption by 2020. The other was developments in the field of MSP and the need to effectively manage maritime space and the increasing competition between maritime sectoral inetersts.”

“Part of SEANERGY 2020’s aim is to bring together policy recommendations on national and international levels and cultivate the possibility of a combined transnational/regional approach”

Read the full article here (The article was published on International Innovation, Environment Edition – August 2011,

SEANERGY 2020 – Baltic Sea regional workshop

As mentioned in the TPWind Newsletter, November 2010

Wednesday, 24 November 2010, 09:00 – 15:00
Berliner Congress Center

The workshop seeks to address the specificities and concerns of MSP in the Baltic Sea region and will also disseminate findings to date of the national and international maritime spatial planning regimes. This workshop will be of interest to MSP authorities at all levels, planners, regulators, TSOs, renewable energy project developers and utilities, shipping and maritime transport organizations, fishing associations, environmental NGOs and representatives of other users of the sea.

Project launched to help guide offshore wind planning

As mentioned in Wind Directions, June 2010:

“The project will recommend ways maritime spatial planning (MSP) can be better coordinated to help meet the 20% renewables targets, and it will consider the grid infrastructure needed to develop offshore renewables”, explains Glória Rodrigues, EWEA’s Senior Research Officer. EWEA is coordinating the 24 month project.

Project launched to help guide offshore wind planning

As mentioned in WindWatch, May 2010:

The newly launched SEANERGY 2020 project will recommend how to remove maritime spatial planning policy (MSP) obstacles to offshore renewable power generation.
Increased activity within Europe’s waters has led to a growing competition for space between shipping and maritime transport, oil and gas, ports development, fisheries and offshore renewables.

New project will tackle MSP barriers

As mentioned in Wind Directions, September 2009:

The project proposal, entitled SEANERGY 2020, is focused on offshore renewable energy technologies and related grid infrastructure and provide policy recommendations on how to promote a more integrated and coordinated approach to maritime spatial planning and facilitate the implementation of the 20% Renewables Directive. If approved, the project is expected to run for 24 months.

New project will tackle MSP barriers

As featured in WindWatch, August 2009

EWEA has proposed a new project proposal for EU funding that aims to formulate and to promote concrete policy recommendations on how best to remove maritime spatial planning (MSP) policy obstacles to the deployment of offshore renewable power generation. Effective MSP is essential for the offshore sector as it gives the industry a clear overview of future development.