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The EU’s quest of energy resilience: Is it time to get strategic about Black Sea offshore wind?

Energy, climate change and the environment


The EU’s quest of energy resilience: Is it time to get strategic about Black Sea offshore wind?


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine created a new sense of urgency for the EU to accelerate the deployment of renewables. Offshore wind could provide a mid-term solution to replace natural gas and coal in the power mix, providing security for the EU’s energy supply and keeping in line with the EU’s climate goals. Offshore wind provides an opportunity to facilitate the transition of coal regions and to foster the trade of low-carbon electricity beyond coastal states to land-locked countries in the region. New synergies can also be formed with harbours, the oil and gas sector and renewable hydrogen clusters.

Now that the EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy has recognised the importance of the Black Sea region, and the REPowerEU proposal has urged to increase efforts on diversification and decarbonisation of the EU’s energy supplies, it is up to national, regional, and EU stakeholders to take action. This online discussion will dive into the opportunities available within the region to facilitate the uptake of offshore wind capacity.

This event is part of the CEPS project “Think basins, not borders: offshore wind for the wider Black Sea”, which is supported by the European Climate Foundation.

Irina Kustova Irina Kustova
Irina Kustova

Research Fellow

Speakers list
Andrija Volkanovski

Infrastructure and Regional Cooperation, DG Energy, European Commission

Eugenia Gusilov

Romania Energy Centre

Murat Durak

Turkish Offshore Wind Energy Association (DURED)

Julian Popov

European Climate Foundation

Razvan Nicolescu

Member of the Governing Board la European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Barbara Jimenez Doulgas

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