Minister for the Environment, Eamon Ryan, launched the consultation phase for the Offshore Wind Energy “Future Framework Policy Statement”. Photo: SFPO
Minister for the Environment, Climate, and Communications, Eamon Ryan, officially inaugurated the consultation phase for the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Future Framework Policy Statement.
The Future Framework stands as a pivotal long-term strategy, outlining Ireland’s trajectory to achieve 20GW of offshore wind by 2040 and a minimum of 37GW by 2050.
The comprehensive framework, which extends beyond the 2030 targets, emphasizes securing 5GW for offshore wind and an additional 2GW earmarked specifically for the production of green hydrogen. Minister Ryan underlined the critical role of renewable wind energy in the decarbonization and economic plans of Ireland and Europe, emphasizing its potential to become the primary domestic electricity source, replacing volatile imported fossil fuels.
The Future Framework introduces 21 key actions that will shape Ireland’s strategic, plan-led approach to offshore wind. The ongoing targeted consultation aims to actively engage stakeholders, seeking their insights and feedback, which will play a crucial role in refining the final version of the ORE Future Framework.
Built on a thorough economic analysis, the policy statement encourages investment and aims to maximize the financial and economic benefits of offshore renewable energy for both the State and local communities. It also explores opportunities for exporting excess renewable energy through increased interconnection while delving into alternative energy products and services for international markets. This includes the production of renewable hydrogen and chemicals like ammonia or methanol, which can replace carbon-intensive fuels in the aviation and maritime industries.
Minister Ryan, expressing his enthusiasm for the consultation process, stated:
“Ireland has committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This will require a dramatic scaling up of indigenous renewable energy sources, wholesale electrification of domestic demand, increased electricity interconnection, and a viable renewable hydrogen industry.
“Last year marked a significant milestone for offshore energy in Ireland, with over 3GW of capacity procured from our first offshore wind auction. The Future Framework expands that ambition further and maps out how Ireland can create a flagship offshore renewable energy sector to achieve our climate and energy targets beyond 2030, while also bolstering the security and prosperity of the State.
“The Future Framework will be delivered through collaboration between the State, industry, and local communities, and I strongly encourage all stakeholders to share their valuable feedback with us and play a part in shaping our energy future.”
The final version of the Offshore Renewable Energy Future Framework is set to gain Government approval and will be co-published with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment’s National Industrial Strategy for Offshore Wind in the coming spring. For details on how to contribute to the consultation, interested parties can visit the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications website by clicking here.