Scottish and UK Governments to host joint summit on offshore wind power
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said that Scotland had ‘all the attributes required’ to be an ideal location for offshore wind.
A joint summit on offshore wind power will be hosted by the Scottish and UK Governments in Edinburgh, it has been announced.
The governments – together with trade unions, offshore wind developers and supply chain companies – will meet to discuss how the sector can be maximised.
At the summit, those in attendance will also look at how UK companies can benefit from the build-out of offshore wind farms in UK waters.
Scotland has all the natural resources required to make it an ideal location for offshore wind Finance Secretary Derek Mackay
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will co-host the summit, on May 2, with UK Energy Minister Claire Perry.
Mr Mackay said: “Scotland has all the natural resources required to make it an ideal location for offshore wind, but we need to ensure our economy isn’t missing out from key contracts going overseas.
“We are committed to maximising the sector in Scotland, but we cannot do it alone – we need the whole industry to work together.
“This summit will allow us to talk directly with the key developers and suppliers to establish what more we can do to help.
“The Scottish Government will be examining the consent process to ensure we use the powers at our disposal to keep work on these shores.
“And I hope to hear more from the developers and suppliers on what they plan to do to help grow our renewables economy.”
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “It’s good to see this summit taking place.
“Over recent years Scotland has already reaped many benefits by positively embracing renewables in a big way, including the creation of thousands of jobs across the country and the dramatic reduction in carbon pollution.
“However, if we are to see a just transition for people and nature to a zero-carbon future, it’s vital action is taken to ensure we maximise the opportunities in sectors like offshore wind to grow further the jobs and economic benefits to Scotland.”