The Offshore Wind Industry Council informed that a major programme of work has been launched to ensure that the UK’s low-carbon energy system efficiently leverages the increasingly large proportion of electricity that is generated from renewable sources, including offshore wind. The new research project, Solving the Integration Challenge, is a vital part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal announced by Government and industry in March.
The UK government will support a multi-million pound Aberdeen underwater engineering hub, aiming to assist the oil industry switch into green energy. According to Prime Minister, Theresa May, the initiative aspires to create new jobs and help businesses thrive. The UK wants to help Scotland become a key destination for subsea engineering, an industry that in the UK supports 45,000 jobs and 1,000 companies.
Norway should aim to make its oil industry completely emissions-free, the leader of the country’s biggest opposition party stated. The proposal comes to add to the already established Norwegian ambition to reduce the emissions of it oil, its biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, despite the fact that more offshore platforms are getting power from shore instead of burning gas for electricity.
Scotland and New Jersey signed a joint agreement focusing on offshore wind projects, aiming to tackle climate change. They both have set ambitious climate and clean energy targets, recognising the importance of decarbonising the energy sector and in particular the role of offshore wind. The new role focuses on building connections for Scotland in the renewables sector in North America, identifying commercial opportunities in the supply chain and supporting Scottish companies to compete and win business in this emerging market.
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