Offshore wind industry scaling up to help UK reach net zero emissions faster - OWIC media release
02 May 2019
Posted by: Rob Norris
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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The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), a senior Government and industry forum, was established in May 2013 to drive the development of the world-leading offshore wind sector in the UK. More details on OWIC are available here.
The offshore wind industry and Government agreed a transformative Sector Deal in March. Offshore wind capacity is set to almost quadruple from 7.9 gigawatts now to at least 30GW by 2030, generating more than one-third of our electricity.
The industry will employ 27,000 in highly skilled jobs. The supply chain already extends to every part of the UK, with companies exporting our offshore wind products and services to 22 countries. The Sector Deal includes measures to ensure that UK offshore wind exports are set to increase fivefold in value to £2.6 billion a year by 2030. More details of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal are available here.
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