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COP26 ahead….. Holistic Offshore Wind Design Process can demonstrate rapid decarbonisation – says Wood Thilsted

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With the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow less than two months away, the offshore wind industry can help lead the way in showing COP representatives that solutions are readily available to deliver rapid decarbonisation.

According to Danny Bonnett, Engineering Director at geotechnical and structural specialists, Wood Thilsted, politicians need to understand that in addition to all the sound environmental benefits, fast action on decarbonisation is needed because business is yearning for this transition.

2021 10 21 162253“As we see demand for offshore power continue to soar across the globe”, he said, “governments need to think big when writing the next chapter at COP26 in Glasgow”.

He added: “As offshore wind engineering specialists, we for example, can show just how efficient the design process can be with a holistic approach to what we specify and where. We have the solutions to deliver rapid decarbonisation across the energy sector in the very short term, and in the rest of the economy in the medium term. COP26 is a golden opportunity for bold action by governments to allow businesses to invest, to innovate, to seek the fastest and most cost-effective ways of stripping out carbon”.

Bonnett also pointed to SteelZero (which Wood Thilsted strongly advocate) – a global initiative that he believes sends a very powerful message to steel producers, policymakers and investors to accelerate the transition to widescale production of net zero steel. Bonnett claims that many of the barriers currently facing the offshore industry in its steel supply chains can be removed.

He continued: “During these past 18 months of the pandemic, the world has grown up. I think we now have a much better insight into our human vulnerability than ever before. The Global Transition and its sub-set, the Energy Transition are critically important. COP26 must think big and act quick”.


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