The long-awaited climate summit in Glasgow – COP26 – kicked off on October 31. The venue for the meeting of decision-makers from around the world is significant – the UK is the European leader in the development of offshore wind energy, aiming to install 40 GW by 2030. Representatives from the wind sector will also attend the summit.
Around 120 leaders met in Glasgow on Monday for the start of COP26, kicking off two weeks of global negotiations that will help determine whether humanity can take the urgent action needed to avoid catastrophic climate change. Britain’s COP26 presidency is calling on countries to set ambitious emissions reduction targets by 2030 and take action to consign coal power to history, accelerate the transition to zero-carbon transport, end widespread deforestation and fund a green transition.
The Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, announced a funding package as part of the UK Clean Green Initiative to support the development of sustainable infrastructure and revolutionary green technology in developing countries.
During the summit, you can come across the EU pavilion, which is hosting EU Energy Day. It will feature a series of high-level sessions highlighting Europe’s leadership in the energy transition and commitment to a global green recovery and a just transition.
5 November Discussions on offshore wind energy
The second session, co-organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA, will feature a high-level discussion on the potential of offshore wind energy and green hydrogen in the global energy transition. The session will take place on November 5.
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The session, “Potential of offshore renewable energy and green hydrogen to power the global energy transition,” will focus specifically on the global and local opportunities of offshore wind energy; the national socio-economic benefits of offshore renewable energy; the contribution of offshore wind energy to the global green hydrogen market and the role of ports as enablers of the energy transition. The potential in selected countries and regions as well as potential partnerships with the EU will also be explored, focusing on the US, the Black Sea and the Basque region.
It is worth mentioning that among the main partners of the Climate Summit are the Spanish Iberdrola (through its company Scottish Power), one of the leaders in offshore wind energy, and the British company SSE, which is also involved in the development of offshore wind farms.
Our team will be closely following news from the COP24 summit, particularly those relating to offshore wind energy.