MEPs Present North Sea Renewables Manifesto to the Dutch Presidency

Twenty MEPs from five different political groups came together to present “Northern Seas as the Power House of North-Western Europe” Manifesto to the Dutch Presidency, represented by Henk Kamp, Minister for Economic Affairs.

The manifesto aims to develop the enormous potential wealth of renewable energy located in the North Sea, surrounding Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK.

This would not only be of huge benefit for the environment, especially after COP21, but will encourage the development of high-tech industries, jobs, growth and innovation in England. Furthermore, this collective effort seeks to reduce dependency on external energy sources promoting energy security, reducing energy costs and maintaining European technology leadership.

To achieve these objectives, a new political mandate is needed. The Manifesto proposes an action plan to increase regional cooperation and calls for the creation of the Northern Seas energy system. MEPs are calling on decision-makers from North Sea countries, together with industry, social partners and the Commission to create a new high level political process promoting Energy Union.

Theresa Griffin, MEP for the North-West of England and Labour Spokesperson on Energy said:

“This project is extremely promising for the UK and Europe; it now needs to be completed.

The UK is an example of poor interconnection, and stronger regional cooperation will represent significant energy savings for the country. It is also a perfect example of what more we can achieve when countries stand together.”

Jude Kirton Darling, MEP for the North East of England added:

“The North-Sea offers a huge amount of potential for the UK”

“By developing large-scale renewable sources of energy and by creating an integrated and interconnected electricity grid in the North Sea, we will be able to simultaneously maintain existing jobs and create thousands of new high quality jobs, while reducing our carbon emissions and securing our long term energy needs. In doing so, we will also significantly reduce the energy bills of UK citizens and businesses.”

Background:

– The North Sea project brings together Benelux, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Norway and the UK around the NSCOGI (North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative); the project started in 2010.

– The objective is to enhance regional cooperation and promote cost-benefits for EU energy systems, whilst lowering energy prices through the linking together of offshore wind parks in the North Sea.

Explore the manifesto via the link below

http://bit.ly/NorthernSeas