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First Minister opens Scotland’s biggest ever offshore wind conference

Humza Yousaf appealed to industry for continued collaboration to unlock Scotland’s huge offshore wind potential

More than 1,100 delegates in attendance at the sold-out two-day event in Glasgow

First Minister Humza Yousaf MSP today (January 24) opened Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind Conference at the SEC in Glasgow.

In his ministerial address, the First Minister spoke of the Scottish Government’s commitment to being a partner with the offshore wind industry to “unleash its potential for every single person living in this country”.

The First Minister also announced a select group of three initial projects have been invited to move to stage two of the Strategic Investment Model – a collaborative framework with industry which fosters joint investment into offshore wind, supply chain and infrastructure –  in a significant milestone for Scotland’s offshore wind programme.

Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind Conference, headline sponsored by SSE Renewables, is the industry’s most hotly-anticipated event, setting the agenda for 2024.

With a world-leading pipeline, this week’s conference kickstarts a critical year of action to address the big challenges affecting the deployment of offshore wind and the success of Scotland’s supply chain companies.

From thought leadership to practical supply chain advice, the conference is bringing together industry experts, developers, suppliers and stakeholders to review the state of our offshore wind ambitions.

Speaking at the conference, First Minister Humza Yousaf MSP said:

“The offshore wind industry brings substantial benefits to people living in Scotland and requires the government as a partner. It also promises to create thousands of high-quality, green jobs for new entrants and experienced individuals choosing to transfer their skills.

“There are moments when certain industries can stand confident that when they look ahead, they will see a future in which they play a pivotal role in securing the wealth and wellbeing of a nation – Scotland’s offshore wind industry is at that moment.

“Together, we can create the right conditions to attract investment, build the supply chain, recruit and deliver the infrastructure needed to ensure that these projects will thrive.”

Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:

“Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind Conference 2024 is a world-class, must-attend event for anyone keen to play a role in the deployment of offshore wind.

“It’s exciting to see such a diverse set of voices coming together to look at the scale, pace and change needed to deliver the supply chain and offshore wind required to achieve net-zero. It is also an opportunity to highlight Scotland as a globally competitive destination to invest in a sector which is delivering benefits across the country.

“It is clear that 2024 is going to be another critical year for the collaboration and innovation which is driving Scotland to the forefront of the global clean energy race and I would therefore like to thank the First Minister for his continued support of our industry.”