The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the government of Denmark are forming a new Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA) with the ambition to help the world install 380 GW of offshore wind by 2030.
This would mark a 670% increase from the 57 GW of installed global offshore wind capacity in 2021, it was announced on Monday. IRENA and the International Energy Agency (IEA) project that 2,000 GW of offshore wind will be needed to keep the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C and reach net zero by 2050.
The new alliance's ambitions were presented at an event in New York, with new partners from the public and private sectors invited to join. The US plans to become a member when the alliance is formally launched later this year, said Laura Daniel-Davis, principal deputy assistant secretary – land and minerals management at the US Department of the Interior.
“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,” she commented.
“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,” said Denmark’s Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jorgensen.
Denmark built the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991.
According to the announcement, GOWA will seek to raise ambition on offshore wind and support the creation of policy frameworks and efficient offshore wind value chains.
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