Paris goal 'needs' North Sea surge
Offshore deployment in EU 'must triple' to meet climate targets says Navigant
Growth in the deployment of offshore wind in Europe must triple if countries are to have any chance of meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement, according to a new study.
Research by a joint team from Ecofys and parent company Navigant found that 45% of Europe's power requirements would need to come from offshore wind to meet the agreement's target.
The researchers calculated that approximately 230GW of offshore wind would be needed by countries with North Sea coasts to meet the Paris goal.
It said 180GW could be generated in the North Sea, while the remaining 50GW could come from areas such as the Baltic and Irish Seas and the Atlantic.
The experts highlighted that with 13GW currently installed, Europe's offshore wind installation rate would have to more than triple from 3GW per year to around 10GW per year in 2030 to meet the targets.
UN countries committed to trying to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels under the Paris treaty.