In the 2021, the UK government set the target of installing 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, which was further increased to 50GW in 2022. Scotland has even more ambitious climate targets than the UK as a whole - one of the toughest targets in the world: 75% emissions reduction by 2030, and 50% of Scotland’s total energy demand to be supplied by renewable energy sources. The ScotWind, announced by Crown Estate Scotland, is aiming to make it possible for Scotland to reach its targets written in the Islands Act, 2018. The ScotWind provides a huge opportunity for the supply chain.
The ScotWind has altogether 20 projects, totaling up to 27.6 gigawatt, and with initial supply chain commitments indicating an average of £1.4 billion investment in Scotland per gigawatt of capacity built. It is the first Scottish offshore wind investment in over a decade, and the first ever since the management of offshore wind rights were devolved to Scotland. ScotWind offers opportunities for years to come as the projects need to go through different stages, and, when further development of the offshore wind technology will take place.
Alongside the wind farm projects, also the ports in the UK, including Scotland will need reinforcement and investment to adequately service the volume, and size, of equipment which will be going through them. Last but not least, re-engineering the electricity and gas networks in Scotland and in the whole UK, to decarbonise the energy that flows through them is a major challenge. New and potentially 'disruptive technologies' are believed to contribute strongly to decarbonisation such as energy storage, electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles and the use of hydrogen or biofuels for heating. National Grid has set out the Pathway to 2030 investment plan for a single, integrated approach to supporting the large scale rollout of offshore wind and its connection to the transmission network in the UK, and there is similar devolved plan for Scotland.
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