The Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA), founded by Denmark, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), was officially launched at COP27 in November 2022, where a large group of countries agreed to a rapid ramp-up of offshore wind. For the coming three years, the founders and Colombia will co-chair the Alliance.
GOWA member countries
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
The Global Offshore Wind Alliance has the ambition to create a global driving force for the uptake of offshore wind through political mobilisation and the creation of a global community of practice. The aim of GOWA is to contribute to achieving a total global offshore wind capacity of a minimum of 380 GW by 2030, with 35 GW on average each year across the 2020s and a minimum of 70 GW each year from 2030.
Recognising that public-private collaboration is a key lever for accelerating the deployment of offshore wind, GOWA will bring together public and private sector actors across the offshore wind value chain to:
- Raise ambition for offshore wind amongst governments and other public and private stakeholders.
- Support the creation of policy frameworks and efficient offshore wind value chains to bring new and existing markets to maturity.
- Create an international community of practice to drive action on offshore wind deployment as a key to achieving 1.5 degrees pathways. This will include a blended approach to finance in some countries, involving multilateral support to de-risk investments.
Unleashing the potential of offshore wind
GOWA will facilitate knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer learning among the countries joining the Alliance, e.g., through thematic working groups, workshops, and capacity building. To support countries in their development of offshore wind, GOWA will address the major building blocks for offshore wind, such as framework conditions, financial de-risking, system integration, and socio-economic benefits.
Watch the GOWA launch at COP27
6-18 November 2022 UN Climate Change Conference
IRENA at COP27