Australia to join offshore wind alliance

CANBERRA, Nov 16 (IANS) – The Australian Government has announced it will sign an international commitment to develop more offshore wind projects.

Australia to join offshore wind alliance

Ahead of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – also known as COP27 – in Egypt, Climate Minister Chris Bowen announced that Australia will join the Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA), reported Xinhua News Agency.

The alliance’s goal is to increase global offshore wind energy capacity from approximately 60 gigawatts (GW) today to 380 GW by 2030.

Australia has no operational offshore wind projects, but Bowen said it was an exciting opportunity as the country aims to become a “renewable energy powerhouse” under a Labor government.

“Offshore wind offers exciting opportunities for Australia’s energy system and will play a key role in our transition to a clean energy future and our quest to become a renewable energy superpower,” he said late Tuesday.

“We stand by last year’s determination to keep the world as close to 1.5 degrees warming as possible.”

The latest federal budget, presented by Treasurer Jim Chalmers in October, included A$1.5 billion (about $1 billion) to accelerate the development of offshore wind farms.

In August, the government identified Australia’s first six offshore wind zones, allowing developers to accelerate project planning.

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