OFFSHORE WIND AND GREENING EUROPE’S ENERGY SUPPLY: A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BELGIAN MINISTER OF ENERGY TINNE VAN DER STRAETEN - The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosted a conversation with Belgian Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten on Belgium’s role in creating a “green power plant for Europe” from North Sea wind resources. The discussion was moderated by Randy Bell, Senior Director and Richard Morningstar Chair for Global Energy Security at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center.
Amid unprecedented climate and energy security challenges, Belgium and regional partners have taken innovative steps to accelerate Europe’s transition to clean energy. Belgium and three other northern European nations seek to unlock the North Sea’s offshore wind resources. Belgium will play a unique and vital role in this initiative, as it seeks to become the first country in history to establish an offshore ‘energy island.’
In this event, Belgian Minister of Energy Tinne Van der Straeten discussed her country’s expertise in offshore wind deployment, Belgium’s potentially game-changing ambitions, and the endeavor’s core challenges. What obstacles must Belgium and its partners overcome to achieve their climate and energy security objectives?
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 06/01/2022