Marine energy: The Spanish Maritime Cluster celebrates a Breakfast with the Cluster, where the Third Vice President of the Government has highlighted the importance of the blue economy for the transition towards a decarbonised development model
The Third Vice President of the Government and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera has announced that in a few months the roadmap for marine energy in Spain will be available. During her speech at the Breakfasts with the Cluster, organized by the Spanish Maritime Cluster (CME), the third vice-president placed special emphasis on the potential of offshore wind power, whose development plan will take into account the pre-existing uses of the spaces marine.
After acknowledging the importance of the blue economy for our country, highlighting that it generates 5% of employment and 3% of GDP, he stated that “Spain must promote a sustainable blue economy”, making responsible use of marine resources. In addition, he placed it at the center of the transformation of the development model, being a key player in the transition process towards decarbonization.
In this sense, the president of the CME, Alejandro Aznar, has requested during his initial intervention that the regulations include the means to carry out this transition, not only the objectives. And it is that, given the lack of effective alternative fuels, the financial impact of the measures and the regionalization of their scope of application, could weigh down the competitiveness of the entire marine sector.
Aznar, who began his presentation by explaining to the minister the vision of the blue economy of the Cluster, emphasized that they have been supporting the measures of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for years, with international implementation, and that now the Union’s plans Europe have changed the landscape. The reason is that the EU measures are of “regional” application, reducing the competitiveness of the European fleet against third countries. In this way, after clarifying that they are not opposed to the objectives set, he does ask that the available technologies be taken into account to achieve it.
For his part, Ribera has recognized the lack of clear technological alternatives at present, but he also asked that the objectives set not be forgotten, for this reason “accompaniment is essential”. In addition, the third vice president has highlighted the importance of the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in maritime transport, as well as the effort with other types of technologies to advance in the decarbonisation process of the sector.
After exposing the current panorama, Ribera has detailed the reflections that he wanted to share with the Cluster partners, where the potential of offshore wind energy to achieve the marked challenges is mainly included. According to the third vice president, they are aware that the deployment of capacity must be launched and they will do so through a plan whose objective is to have up to 3 gigawatts available by 2030.
The plan that will be presented in a few months includes the deployment of offshore wind power in each of the five maritime demarcations and will take into account the pre-existing uses of marine spaces, making all activities compatible.
It’s not tax time
The third vice-president also wanted to refer to the so-called PERTE Naval that offers “a giant space of opportunities”, affirmed Ribera, for whom this instrument will not only allow an increase in GDP and employment, but will also facilitate the achievement of the transition objectives towards a decarbonized economy. The planned investments will help introduce new energy technologies in maritime transport.
On the other hand, he also wanted to reassure the sector by ruling out the possibility of now establishing the debate on raising environmental taxes, arguing that we are living through a time that is too complex for this, although he has pointed out that the fiscal pressure cannot fall even on SMEs nor in the most vulnerable citizens.