The RSE has responded to a consultation by Scottish Government on the Draft Offshore Wind Policy Statement.
Energy policy remains a key area of interest for the RSE, following on from the publication of its high profile and substantial inquiry into Scotland’s Energy Future in June 2019. The inquiry identified the potential for offshore wind to play a significant role in helping Scotland meet its energy demand, while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions and avoiding many of the social concerns surrounding onshore development.
The current response builds on these conclusions, covering a wide range of topics as set out in the consultation: the current position; barriers to deployment; future position; economic opportunities (both in terms of supply chain and skills); and innovation and cost reduction. Overall, the response calls for greater ambition in line with environmental imperatives to slow climate change as well as to contribute to Scotland’s economic growth. Achieving this greater ambition will require Scottish Government pursuing more favourable market and regulatory conditions and fully exploiting the opportunities of floating offshore wind technologies in the nearer term. The response can be viewed here.