Prime Minister António Costa announced on Monday that the public hearing for the proposed delimitation of deployment zones for offshore wind power production will be launched this week, with the auction expected to take place by September.
"Today I can announce that, this week, we will open the public hearing for the proposal of delimitation of the implantation zones and that, until the last quarter of this year, we will launch our first offshore wind energy auction," said António Costa in his speech at the Ocean Race Summit, which is taking place in the Cape Verdean city of Mindelo and will be attended, among others, by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres.
Earlier, the head of the Portuguese government had recalled that in June, at the United Nations Oceans conference in Lisbon, he had pointed out Portugal's "goal of reaching 10 gigawatts of capacity produced by offshore wind energy by 2030.
In his speech, António Costa stressed the role of the blue economy and the advantages of the economic use of the oceans, considering that environmental goals cannot be reached without looking at the oceans.
"We cannot achieve our goals of zero emissions without taking into account the decisive role that the oceans play in regulating the climate; we must ensure adequate funding for these transitions - from carbon-intensive and polluting industries to sectors that ensure environmental sustainability and economic prosperity, leaving no one behind," said António Costa.
For the Prime Minister, "the protection of the oceans is a global cause" and therefore "only makes sense to be carried out through a multilateral approach, centered on the United Nations, through a participatory process that involves not only governments but the entire civil society, and based on the universality of what is the true Constitution of the Ocean: the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Reviewing some of the initiatives launched in Portugal in this area, António Costa stressed that it is necessary to "increase funding for ocean-based actions on a global scale", inviting all participants to attend this year's meeting of the Blue Economy and Investment Forum, classified as "a unique opportunity to put investors and potential beneficiaries in contact.
The Ocean Race Summit is part of the first passage through Cape Verde of the Ocean Race, the largest and oldest regatta in the world and brings together this morning in Mindelo, São Vicente island, politicians, governments, experts and other personalities to address the future of the oceans.