08:13, September 28, 2009
More than 140 company representatives in 38 countries have signed the European Offshore Wind Declaration, calling on national governments and the EU to give the necessary political and legislative support to develop a new multi-billion Euro offshore wind industry, according to statistics from the European Wind Energy Association.
Offshore wind energy has the potential to power Europe seven times over, and offshore wind projects already in various stages of planning would, if realised, supply 10% of Europe's electricity demand, says the EWEA one of the initiators of the declaration.
The declaration commits businesses to ensuring that a sufficient supply of turbines, components, foundations, installation and cable-laying vessels are available to exploit this abundant, free, and fuel-free energy source. But crucially it also calls on the EU and member states to take action to resolve planning, grid and other obstacles to harnessing Europe's enormous offshore wind energy potential.
"Business is backing this declaration because it understands the huge potential of the sector," said Christian Kjaer, EWEA Chief Executive. "If national and EU decision makers take swift action, offshore wind will become a new multi-billion euro industry, delivering thousands of green collar jobs and a new renewable energy economy."
Signatories include companies from all over the world such as DONG Energy, E.ON Climate & Renewables, EnBW, GE Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd, NEO Energia - Grupo EDP, Renewable Energy Systems, SIEMENS Wind Power, Suzlon Wind Energy, Goldwind, Vattenfall Vindkraft and Vestas Wind Systems.
Many representatives of governments, universities, media and non-profit organizations have also signed.
By Xuefei Chen, People's Daily Online, Stockholm.