OCEaN German WG: Six recommendations for a nature-friendly development of offshore wind energy

The German Working Group of OCEaN has just published "Six recommendations for a nature-friendly development of offshore wind energy" to call on the German coalition partners to include these measures in the coalition agreement to achieve climate neutrality in Germany by 2045 and implement the European Climate Law and Europe-wide climate neutrality by 2050.

Decisions taken at the beginning of the upcoming legislative period in Germany and at European level are essential for achieving our climate targets. The development of offshore wind energy in the North Sea and Baltic Sea and its connection to the grid will play a decisive role for renewable energy generation in Germany. This development must take place in harmony with nature.

Against this background, the German Working Group of the Ocean Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) calls on the German coalition partners to anchor the measures elaborated in their paper "Six recommendations for a nature-friendly development of offshore wind energy" into the future policymaking at federal level as part of the coalition agreement. At the same time, the recommendations are of equally great value for the European policy, specifically when it comes to the implementation of the European Climate Act and Europe-wide climate neutrality by 2050.

OCEaN is a coalition of wind farm operators, transmission system operators, environmental and climate protection organisations that serves as an open discussion forum in which existing information and experience is assessed and compiled, further research needs are identified, and suggestions are made for improvements to the planning of offshore wind energy development in the European seas. The German working group consists of eight members: 50Hertz, Amprion, BWO, Germanwatch, NABU, TenneT, WWF and the Renewables Grid Initiative, which also serves as the group moderator.

The following recommendations represent the positions of the signatories and do not necessarily reflect the views of all organisations working together within the OCEaN project:

  1. In marine spatial designation, priority must be given to climate and nature conservation, and compensation must be ensured.
  2. To mitigate spatial conflicts, a stakeholder dialogue on co-usage should be initiated.
  3. Expand and consistently use transparent and effective European cooperation.
  4. Optimisation of the regulatory framework to achieve climate neutrality targets and enable innovation.
  5. Provide and use publicly accessible data as a starting point for planning.
  6. Use concrete measures to accelerate and improve processes.


For more information or in case of questions, please get in touch with stephanie@renewables-grid.eu.

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