The report by Danish Shipping, Danish Energy and Wind Denmark studied what investments in offshore wind can create in terms of employment throughout the value chain - from production of the turbine to dismantling approximately 25 years later.

Once again, the figures clearly show that investments in green energy make a large and important contribution to the Danish society in terms of jobs in Denmark,

...says Jan Hylleberg, CEO of Wind Denmark.

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Danish companies have more than doubled their turnover in offshore wind over the past ten years. In 2010, offshore wind amounted to approximately 20% of turnover in wind companies, and by 2020 that figure has risen to approximately 40%.

Offshore wind has become a major business for the shipping companies, and close to 200 Danish vessels are engaged with offshore wind. This creates jobs in the Blue Denmark - not least in the peripheral regions, and we can now see that for every gigawatt of offshore wind that is set up, 1,400 full-time jobs will go to seafarers,

...explains Anne H. Steffensen, CEO and Director General of Danish Shipping.

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The report concludes that for every GW of offshore wind invested in Europe, 9,100 full-time equivalents will accrue to Danish companies when all effects are taken into account. Current figures show that Danish companies have a market share of offshore wind in the EU of 40%.

The potential becomes even bigger when taking into consideration the European Commission’s target of 450 GW offshore wind by 2050.