The UK is aiming to provide one-third of its energy from offshore wind by 2030, the government has announced.
It also intends to increase the value of exports of offshore wind technology to £2.6 billion by this time, Reuters reported. Britain is currently the world’s largest offshore wind market, accounting for 40 per cent of worldwide capacity.
As well as boosting the amount of the country’s energy provided by offshore wind, and increasing exports of offshore wind technology, there will be a boost to employment in the sector.
The intention is to treble the number of jobs in the UK’s offshore wind sector, to 27,000 by 2030. This will result in employees and contractors making sure they are GWO accredited and undertake the GWO working at heights course to ensure they have achieved industry accreditation and can work safely in the industry.
An article for the BBC pointed out that environmentalists are concerned about where the additional 70 per cent of the country’s energy will come from, with the news provider noting that under original government plans 30 per cent was stated to be generated from natural gas and 30 per cent from nuclear.
However, plans to expand the country’s network of nuclear power plants have hit a number of road blocks.
Executive Director of Greenpeace UK, John Sauven, told the BBC that as a result, the government needs to reevaluate its commitment to renewable sources and set much higher targets for wind and solar generation.
“Wind and solar must be tripled between now and 2030, with offshore wind the future backbone of the UK’s energy system,” he asserted.