Nine new countries join Global Offshore Wind Alliance including The Netherlands

Nine new nations have joined the Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA), including the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These nations have pledged to rapidly expand offshore wind in order to address the climate and energy security crises.

The alliance will bring together governments, the private sector, international organizations, and other stakeholders to expedite the deployment of offshore wind power. It was founded by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Denmark, and the Global Wind Energy Council.

In order to advance national, regional, and international goals and remove obstacles to the deployment of offshore wind in both new and existing markets, countries who have joined GOWA have promised to collaborate. Offshore wind is a quick and practical way to close the expanding gap between renewable energy targets and current rates of implementation since it can be implemented on a big scale, quickly, and at a competitive price.

In order to attain net zero energy production and keep the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, IRENA and the International Energy Agency (IEA) predict that offshore wind capacity will need to reach over 2000 GW in 2050, up from just over 60 GW now. To accomplish this goal, GOWA will work to accelerate expansion so that, by the end of 2030, there will be at least 380 GW installed capacity worldwide.

Image source: IRENA

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