A clutch of the world’s largest economies signed up for the Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA) ahead of its official launch today (Tuesday) at the COP27 climate summit in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, in an effort to drive up ambitions and remove barriers to the deployment of wind at sea in new and existing markets.

The US was among the nine new members that also included Japan, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Ireland and Colombia.

The alliance was founded earlier this year by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), Denmark and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) to bring together governments, the private sector, international organisations and other stakeholders to speed up the expansion of offshore wind power.