We need to find a more sustainable model for supporting growth in offshore wind
Offshore wind power will play a critical role in cleaning up the global grid, with the International Energy Agency estimating half the world’s energy needs will need to be met with zero-emissions electricity by 2040.
Yet a truly sustainable offshore energy industry must also consider its whole-lifecycle environmental impact through more sustainable manufacturing, materials and installation methods. As demand grows for offshore wind, it will be increasingly imperative for the industry to try to re-use existing assets from across the whole offshore energy sector, instead of retooling. Installation tools and technologies as well as the wind turbines themselves, need to be designed and future proofed with full foresight of their whole-lifecycle environmental impact. This would ensure the installation process lives up to the sustainable vision of the industry itself.
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