Two consultations were initiated by the Scottish government to inform the implementation of its offshore wind policies.
The consultations will seek input from Scottish citizens and stakeholders on Scotland’s draft Offshore Wind Policy Statement outlining the government’s plans to develop the Scottish wind sector; as well as the draft Sectoral Marine Strategy for Offshore Wind, which identifies strategies for enhanced sustainability in the marketing of offshore wind plants. Both proposals were drafted in accordance with the plans of the Scottish Government to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2045, and with due consideration of the need to preserve coastal and marine ecosystems.
Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Energy Minister, said: “The Scottish government declared a climate emergency earlier this year and outlined our ambition to become a net zero-emission economy and society by 2045; a target that will require significant growth in the available supply of renewable electricity as we decarbonize heat and transportation systems. The offshore wind industry is already playing an increasingly important role in helping us realize this goal, but in terms of a fixed base and floating wind technology, we want to make the most of the possibilities that this sector offers.
“Scotland is internationally recognized as a country with a high level of ambition to decarbonize our economy and we are committed to building on our reputation as a powerhouse for renewable energy. We seek to provide a welcoming policy climate for offshore wind and leasing opportunities across our 462,000 km2 of seas that can maintain a healthy pipeline of renewable projects that can unlock supply chain investment and provide both clean energy and incentives for long-term operations and coastal communities maintenance jobs. When finalized, our plans will be critical to achieving the results we want to see.