Analysis & Insight

Carbon footprint of offshore wind farm components

Published 14 April 2021

Offshore wind is placed at the centre of global decarbonisation strategies and the UK leads the world in its offshore wind capacity with over 10GW installed and plans to reach 40GW by 2030.

Senior Strategy Analyst, Angeliki Spyroudi, analyses the carbon implications of end-of-use management after decommissioning of offshore windfarms. It also investigates wind turbine components, especially blades, to address environmental concerns and flag the need for defined legislation on this often neglected but important issue. Note that this analysis is not a full life cycle assessment and the carbon footprint estimates refer to materials used for manufacturing of components.