A message from Benj Sykes on World Oceans Day 

As we celebrate World Oceans Day it’s vital that we recognise the role the oceans play in the health of our planet and commit to urgent and tangible action to protect them as we tackle the climate emergency. 

The potential impacts of climate change on our seas must not be understated, and tackling climate change through renewable energy is vital to prevent catastrophic damage to our oceans, protect biodiversity and ensure the future health of our planet. Last month, G7 members secured a historic commitment to tackle climate change and halt biodiversity loss, as part of the global ‘30x30’ initiative to conserve or protect at least 30% of the world’s land and 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. And it’s no surprise that as a first step this includes increasing the support for clean energy alternatives like solar and wind.

As a company that’s committed to building a clean, sustainable future for people and planet, our global team of environmental specialists perform rigorous analyses in the development phases and through the lifecycle of our projects. Working closely with the wider marine and environmental community, we strive to minimise our impact on the environment and other sea users, and we’re keen to continue making improvements to the way we work as our projects progress. To accelerate our efforts and operate in an even more sustainable way, we’ve now set the ambition that by 2030, all new projects commissioned must have a net-positive biodiversity impact. In addition, we’re banning the landfilling of wind turbine blades and have committed to either reusing, recycling, or recovering 100% of all blades coming from repowering or end-of-design-life decommissioning of our onshore and offshore wind farms.

Our vision is to create a world that runs entirely on green energy and protecting the biodiversity of our oceans is, and will continue to be, an integral part of the way we work.