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Ireland lays out plan for 5 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030

The Irish Department of Transport has published a policy statement setting out the strategy for commercial ports to facilitate offshore renewable energy activity in the seas around Ireland.

The statement is part of a series of Government measures to prepare for a massive expansion of offshore renewable energy, including the passing last week of the Maritime Area Planning Bill.

The Programme for Government set a target for 70% of electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2030 and for 5GW of offshore wind by 2030.

The Climate Action Plan published on 4th November 2021 (CAP 21) has since increased the target to up to 80% renewable electricity by 2030.

Both plans also set out how Ireland will take advantage of the potential of at least 30GW of floating offshore wind power in its deeper waters in the Atlantic.

Given Ireland’s increased ambition in Offshore Renewable Energy and pending a review of overall National Ports Policy, the Department of Transport, in conjunction with the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO), conducted an assessment of the options for Irish State ports to facilitate the ORE sector and assist in Ireland achieving its emission reduction targets.

[Staff Report]

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