Polaris works in the energy, windfarm and maritime sectors which are all interlinked. We also work in China so it was revealing to read a report in the Guardian this week showing the breathtaking scale of the Chinese windfarm market. Polaris MD Ben Pinnington said research for his forthcoming book ‘Making Waves: PR strategies to transform your maritime business’ has found that offshore wind capacity globally is set to skyrocket to more than 234 GW by 2030 from 29.1 GW at the end of 2019, led by growth in China and Asia-Pacific region as well as continued growth in Europe, according to a report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
Here are some headlines from the Guardian report:
* China built more new windfarm capacity in 2020 than the whole world combined in 2019, leading to an annual record for windfarm installations despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
* A study has revealed that China led the world’s biggest ever increase in wind power capacity as developers built almost 100GW worth of windfarms last year – enough to power almost three times the number of homes in the UK and a rise of nearly 60% on the previous year.
* Most of the world’s new windfarms were built onshore, which more than offset a drop of 20% in the new wind power capacity built at sea.
* The report, by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, found that China built more than half of the world’s new wind power capacity. Its onshore and offshore windfarms grew by almost 58GW last year, more than the world’s combined wind power growth in 2019.