One of the UK's top offshore wind executives claimed the industry has a “good chance” of meeting the British government's upgraded 40GW capacity target, as a leading energy research specialist said the 2030 goal represents a “major challenge”.

The revised end-of-decade target, up from a previous ambition of 30GW, formed part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s successful late-2019 election campaign, and was later confirmed on the policy agenda of his new government at the opening of Parliament.

Benj Sykes, a vice president at sector giant Ørsted and co-chair of government-industry working group the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), told Recharge: “We have already done quite a lot of work as an industry looking at what it will take to get to 40GW [by 2030],” citing the use of larger turbines in the 12MW range as one of the factors that will help to accelerate capacity growth.