Every gigawatt of new offshore wind capacity in Denmark supports 14,600 full-time equivalent jobs at Danish companies, a new study claims.
The report was produced by trade body Danish Shipping, Danish Energy and Wind Denmark and studied what investment in offshore wind can create in terms of employment throughout the value chain, from production of turbines to decommissioning 25 years later.
For a 1 GW Danish offshore windfarm, that is, the size of the planned Thor offshore windfarm, the authors of the report found 4,900 man-years directly related to the windfarm, and 9,600 indirect man-years associated with it.
Wind Denmark chief executive Jan Hylleberg said, “Once again, the figures clearly show that investing in green energy makes a large and important contribution to Danish society in terms of jobs.”
Danish Shipping chief executive and director general Anne Steffensen said, “Offshore wind has become a major business for the shipping companies, and close to 200 Danish vessels are engaged with offshore wind. It’ already big, and it can get even bigger.
Danish companies have more than doubled their turnover in offshore wind over the past 10 years. In 2010, offshore wind amounted to approximately 20% of turnover in wind companies, and by 2020 that figure has risen to approximately 40%. Total revenue has also increased.