Luxembourg's Ministry of Energy and Regional Planning has announced the decision of the Grand Duchy and Denmark to strengthen their cooperation in the field of offshore wind power by building the first energy islands in the world.
These man-made islands off the Danish coast will be connected to hundreds of offshore wind turbines and will provide green electricity to meet the electricity needs of millions of European households. This is considered an essential step towards achieving the European goal of climate neutrality by 2050, as the energy islands will allow the production of renewable energy on a scale never seen before, thus accelerating the phase-out of fossil fuels in Europe.
Dan Jørgensen, Denmark's Minister of Climate and Energy and Public Utilities, stated: “Denmark and Luxembourg are committed to Europe's green energy transition. Today we are taking a big step forward, strengthening cooperation to develop and connect the world's first offshore wind islands. This will significantly increase the production of renewable energy and promote green hydrogen, which helps decarbonise sectors like heavy transport and industry in large parts of Europe”.
Luxembourg's Minister of Energy, Claude Turmes, added: “Offshore wind power will play an important role in the security of supply of the electricity grid in Western Europe. I am happy that Luxembourg, as a landlocked country, has the opportunity to actively participate in the development of the first offshore wind islands in the world, and can thus contribute to this important development for the energy transition. This cooperation with Denmark is intended to complement the national strategy which aims to accelerate the development of renewable energies in Luxembourg”.
The energy islands project is the first step in a major development of offshore wind power, which will help reduce CO2 emissions across Europe. It will increase the supply of green energy and help achieve the ambitious European strategy for renewable energy at sea, which aims to reach 300 GW by 2050.