Offshore Wind News

Offshore Wind Vital to Achieving Net Zero Emissions

 

The offshore wind industry is welcoming today’s announcement by the Government’s advisory body, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that more ambitious targets are needed to ensure that the UK cuts damaging greenhouse gas emissions faster to tackle global warming.

The CCC makes clear that offshore wind is a vital technology in helping the UK to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The report is suggesting that a total capacity of up to 75 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind could be installed by 2050, up from 7.9GW now.  

The UK already leads the world in offshore wind and is instrumental in bringing down costs for the whole industry.

The Industry Chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council and Ørsted UK Country Manager for Offshore, Benj Sykes, said:

“In any scenario, offshore wind will be the backbone of the future electricity system. The ground-breaking Offshore Wind Sector Deal means at least one-third of the UK’s electricity will come from offshore wind by 2030. But today’s report says that if the UK is to achieve a net zero carbon economy we can go much further.  

“The Committee on Climate Change is suggesting a tenfold increase in offshore wind capacity by 2050. This is a clear signal to industry and Government to aim high when it comes to our renewable energy supply. That’s good news for consumers as offshore wind is one of the lowest cost power sources we have, and good news for jobs in the UK. 

“Employment in our sector is set to more than double by 2030. Even more ambitious targets will bring more investment in communities and our supply chain across the country. The industry will work closely with Government to deliver on net zero and strengthen the UK’s global lead in offshore wind”.   

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