Offshore wind has enormous untapped potential to drive the global energy transition and tackle the climate and energy crises. A new multi-stakeholder alliance – the Global Offshore Wind Alliance – will aim to drive installed global offshore wind capacity up 670% – from 57 GW in 2021 to 380 GW in 2030.
On Monday, 19 September, representatives from the Danish, US and other governments, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the offshore wind industry met at a public event in New York to discuss how to unleash the potential of offshore wind.
According to forecasts by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), 2,000 GW of installed offshore wind capacity will be needed in order to keep the goal of limiting global temperatures to 1.5° C within reach and achieve net zero by 2050. Yet, global installed offshore wind capacity only totaled 57 GW in 2021.
This is why IRENA, GWEC and the Government of Denmark are creating a new Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA) whose ambition is to create a global driving force for the uptake of offshore wind.
The event was an occasion for the partners around GOWA to present the Alliance’s ambitions and visions and invite new partners from the public and private sector to join.
Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen says, “A massive increase in energy from offshore wind is key to fight climate change, phase out fossil fuels and strengthen energy security. We cannot do it alone but must work together across the public and private sectors as well as across countries and regions. The Global Offshore Wind Alliance will be a platform to do just that. Denmark became home to the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991. We have extensive experience in the field and a long history of sharing it with the rest of the world. We are looking forward to joining forces with partners who share our vision and ambitions.”
Laura Daniel-Davis, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior, US, says, “While each country needs to take its own domestic action to address climate change, the current crisis requires us to all work together to make meaningful progress. The Global Offshore Wind Alliance will give us an opportunity to do just that, and the US intends to become a member when it is formally launched later this year. We recognise the value in global cooperation on offshore wind and the critical need for each country to do its part in tackling the climate crisis, and we hope that many others will join us as well. It’s through collaboration that we can build a more sustainable future for everyone.”
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Aasland says, “I believe the Global Offshore Wind Alliance can accelerate development of offshore wind globally. Norway has high ambitions for offshore wind. With our offshore oil and gas and maritime experience, our companies can play an important role in developing floating offshore wind. International cooperation is essential if we shall succeed.”
Francesco La Camera, Director-General, IRENA says, “Energy security and the brutal energy crisis are forcing us to re-evaluate our world. Offshore wind technology is the gateway to new sites leveraging high-wind resources. We can all benefit from wind farms built at gigawatt scale making them an important addition to the world’s technology portfolio. A blue economy driven by renewables also brings socioeconomic benefits to coastal communities. But to truly succeed, we need greater cooperation, and this is why the Global Offshore Wind Alliance can help by creating the partnerships necessary to drive the global energy transition across oceans and land.”
Stig Pastwa, COO, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners says, “Being a global offshore wind pioneer, CIP congratulates the forming of the new and important Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA), which can become a much-needed green catalyst for increased offshore wind build-out to address climate and energy issues. We need pace, predictability and faster permitting from all involved players to make the needed progress – and I hope that we can leverage GOWA as a joint public-private partnership to ensure action. At CIP, we remain committed to support GOWA’s efforts going forward and will continue to contribute to the significant build-out of renewables globally – or as we call it: build value that matters.”
Ben Backwell, CEO, Global Wind Energy Council says, “The wind industry is uniting with governments and UN institutions on a mission to drive a 670% uplift in installed global wind capacity by 2030. There couldn’t be a more crucial time for this Alliance. Dependence on volatile fossil fuels has created energy security and cost of living crises while driving runaway global heating. With offshore wind, the world has an effective solution for adding large amounts of zero-carbon power at affordable costs, while creating jobs and new investments in industry and infrastructure all around the world.”
“Over the last year alone, we have seen governments set new, higher targets, while many new countries are now ready to join in and create their own offshore wind industries. By bringing governments, the wind industry, investors, institutions and communities together to raise ambition and to share knowledge and resources, GOWA is going to play a vital role in helping countries to shorten the gap between establishing targets and real-world delivery,” Backwell adds.