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President Von der Leyen says wind energy must continue to be made in Europe

4C Offshore | Mark Casey
By: Mark Casey 13/09/2023 Wind Europe
European Union EP

This morning European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered her annual State of the European Union speech.

President Von der Leyen announced a new ‘Wind Power Package’. And concluded: ”The future of our clean tech industry has to be made in Europe”. The European wind energy supply chain is struggling. Unless we change our policies, we could lose European manufacturing.

The EU and Governments have set ambitious targets – 420 GW of wind energy by 2030. But the reality in the wind industry does not reflect this ambition.

And the struggles of the European wind supply chain mean Chinese turbine manufacturers are now starting to win orders.

President Von der Leyen called the wind industry “a European success story”. But wind can become an even bigger success story for Europe.

Many more workers will be needed to build wind farms – translating into at least 200,000 extra jobs by 2030 and billions of investments in individual EU countries.

For more information about offshore wind farm projects across the globe, click here.


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