Ferrol, Mar 3 (EFE).- The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, has considered this Friday “normal that there are people” who feel “concerned” about the implementation of offshore wind projects, but has claimed the “maximum consensus ” when approving the Maritime Space Management Plans with the affected sectors.
At the opening of the Galician Offshore International Hub in Ferrol, the Third Vice President of the Government stated that the residents of areas involved with these initiatives “have lived practically without any type of neighbor in that space”, but she has indicated that one should not “pretend to that no new neighbors can appear”.
In statements to the media, he stressed that the zoning has been endorsed “almost two years late” and has considered that its final content is also based on the “concerns and data provided” by different related areas.
Ribera has estimated that it is not possible to urge that the development of this sector be “prohibited” and has outlined that this position could even collide “in the legal system”.
“The important thing is not to highlight those in which there may be differences, the main thing is the need to establish a new framework”, indicated the minister, who has opted to “integrate” in the corresponding dialogue process “different actors”.
The head of Ecological Transition has recognized the existence of “emotional and cultural reasons” in the face of the landscape impact, but has urged “continue working” to achieve “maximum agreed developments” and their “coexistence” with work such as fishing.
In this sense, Teresa Ribera has observed that the effect in this sector “is an aspect that has been one of the things that has been followed the most in the development of offshore wind power in the world”.
In this way, he has pointed out that “no negative effect can be demonstrated” until the first facilities are operational and has even advanced that “a regeneration” of certain marine species occurs.
In any case, it has called on the parties involved not to “neglect” their work as “vigilantes so that in the first projects” the “capacity for observation and adjustment” is strengthened and that the wind industry can also “extract positive lessons” from the first experiences in this area.
Ribera has valued that it must “ensure that coexistence is positive” and that different activities are “compatible” so that outside those areas it is not “possible that initiatives that would make wind implementation difficult grow like mushrooms.”