Nine countries including Britain, Germany, the United States and Japan joined an international alliance recently at the UN COP27 climate summit, to encourage the development of offshore wind power.

 

What is it?

  • The Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA), established to “remove barriers” to the energy.
  • It was set up by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Denmark and the Global Wind Energy Council.
  • The alliance is supported by a number of organisations which are actively promoting the offshore wind industry in their different regions.

 

Objective

  • It aims to provide the growing offshore wind industry with a one-stop shop overview of all offshore wind industry events around the world.
  • Both IRENA and the International Energy Agency (IEA) expect that offshore wind capacity will need to exceed 2000 GW in 2050, from just over 60 GW today, to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degree Celsius and achieve net zero.
  • To reach this target, GOWA will aim to contribute to accelerating growth to reach a total of at least 380 GW installed capacity by the end of 2030.