Offshore wind energy is an important pillar in meeting the Paris Agreement targets for emission reductions.
- According to IRENA projections, to meet decarbonisation targets, the global offshore wind requirement will need to be 1,000 GW by 2050 compared to 60 GW today.
- The Green Deal strategy, adopted by the European Commission, is a clear commitment to achieving those ambitious goals. This strategy has taken the form of a roadmap that establishes the deployment of 300 GW of offshore wind in the European Union by 2050. According to WindEurope, in Europe alone and in this decade, this will increase from 28 GW installed by the end of 2021 to 70 GW in 2030.
- At the national level, the Roadmap for Offshore Wind and Offshore Energy Development envisages offshore wind installation targets of 3 GW by 2030.
Source: IRENA (2019), Future of wind: Deployment, investment, technology, grid integration and socio-economic aspects (A Global Energy Transformation paper), International Renewable Energy Agency, Abu Dhabi.