German OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE Foundation: Raising the expansion targets for offshore wind energy is an important signal for climate and industrial policy - implementation must now start quickly

The German OFFSHORE WINDENERGIE Foundation welcomes the decision of the Climate Cabinet on Friday to increase the expansion targets for offshore wind energy to 20 GW by 2030: "Increasing the expansion targets is an important signal for climate and industrial policy. In this way, additional jobs can be created while protecting the climate at the same time," said Andreas Wagner, managing director of the foundation. "The target of 20 GW by 2030 corresponds to the minimum demand of the industry, the trade unions and all North German coastal countries since 2017. This gives the offshore sector with its almost 25,000 employees a clear expansion perspective for Germany as a location for industry". Wagner went on to say: "Nevertheless, further ambitious measures by the Federal Government are needed to increase the share of renewable electricity to 65 percent by 2030 and to achieve more C02 savings in the other sectors as well".

Wagner explained: "The Bundestag, the Federal Government and the authorities must now quickly create the legal framework to get the additional expansion of offshore wind energy underway. The German OFFSHORE-WINDENERGIE foundation will play a constructive role in this."

Wagner continued: "But we also need to increase offshore wind capacity beyond 2030. For example, the industry and the coastal countries need a capacity of at least 30 GW by 2035. In addition, the industry is still waiting for the special contribution Offshore Wind promised in the coalition agreement. Unfortunately, this was not decided on Friday".