Of all the emerging blue economy sectors, offshore wind energy has been the fastest growing and can now be considered a well-established sector. Most of the sector’s installations are in EU waters (84 % of global offshore wind capacity at the end of 2017), with China taking off in recent years. In 2018, total offshore wind capacity in Europe (including Norway) grew by 18 %. The offshore wind industry employs over 200 000 people in the EU and the outlook is very positive (see Figure 4).
Cumulative offshore wind capacity: trend over time (2000-2017, in gigawatts) and by main countries (2017)
We write about
Disclaimer and Copyright statement
The content of all documents (and articles) contained in this blog is the sole responsibility of the author and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Parliament. It is addressed to the Members and staff of the EP for their parliamentary work. Reproduction and translation for non-commercial purposes are authorised, provided the source is acknowledged and the European Parliament is given prior notice and sent a copy.
For a comprehensive description of our cookie and data protection policies, please visit Terms and Conditions page.
Copyright © European Union, 2014-2023. All rights reserved.