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New Energy World
New Energy World embraces the whole energy industry as it connects and converges to address the decarbonisation challenge. It covers progress being made across the industry, from the dynamics under way to reduce emissions in oil and gas, through improvements to the efficiency of energy conversion and use, to cutting-edge initiatives in renewable and low carbon technologies.
Safety is paramount as onshore and offshore wind activity reaches record levels globally. Emma McIvor, Technical Manager at the Energy Institute, reports on the latest safety performance statistics in wind energy operations in the UK and globally as this important renewable energy sector gathers momentum.
As wind energy operations grow worldwide, new operations tend to be in ever more challenging environments where safety is a key issue.
UK wind farms – both onshore and offshore – generated nearly a quarter of the country’s electricity in 2022 (24.6%, 80.2 TWh), up from 21% (64.7 TWh) the previous year and an all-time annual high, according to data released by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) in March 2023.
In 2022, onshore wind generated a record 10.8% of electricity (35.1 TWh), while offshore wind provided a record 13.8% of power (45.0 TWh), up from 11.5% (35.5 TWh) the previous year, according to UK government energy trends.