THE UK risks missing the chance to create thousands of jobs and enjoy the economic boost from servicing Europe’s burgeoning offshore wind energy sector, according to a London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert.
Speaking to mark Global Wind Day , marked each year on June 15th, she cited a recent study by RenewableUK and The Crown Estate which claims the UK has a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ chance to attract the factories that will supply the fast-growing sector.
“Here in the UK we have the opportunity to site some of the 64 manufacturing facilities this study argues the UK and Europe will need to build the blades, towers and foundations for the 36 gigawatts of offshore wind generating capacity EU nations are expected to install by the end of the decade.
“As well as these factories, the industry will need to construct 20 new ships just to install them, and as many as 230 vessels to carry workers to and from the turbines once they are operational.
“All of this will mean thousands of jobs, and a massive boost to the UK economy – but if the Government doesn’t actively support the sector now we will lost this opportunity for ever.”