Minister Ryan launches consultation on the ‘Future Framework’ for offshore wind energy


  • The Future Framework outlines how Ireland will meet the target of 37GW of offshore wind by 2050

The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, today welcomed the opening of a consultation on the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Future Framework Policy Statement. The Future Framework is the long-term model and vision for offshore renewable energy in Ireland. It sets out the pathway Ireland will take to deliver 20GW of offshore wind by 2040 and at least 37GW in total by 2050.

Importantly, this framework looks beyond 2030 targets to secure 5GW of offshore wind and 2GW earmarked for the production of green hydrogen. Renewable wind energy is central to Ireland and Europe's decarbonisation and economic plans and is potentially the largest domestic source of electricity that can replace volatile, imported fossil fuels.

The Future Framework includes 21 key actions to develop Ireland’s long-term, plan-led approach to offshore wind. The aim of this targeted consultation is to engage stakeholders and gather valuable feedback that will inform and shape a final version of the ORE Future Framework.

This policy statement is built on an analysis of economic opportunities to encourage investment and maximise the financial and economic return of offshore renewable energy to the State and local communities. It also explores the potential to export excess renewable energy through increased interconnection, and analyses opportunities for using excess renewable energy for alternative energy products and services that can be fed into international markets. This includes renewable hydrogen and chemicals such as ammonia or methanol, which can be used instead of carbon-intense fuels in the aviation and maritime industries.

Welcoming the consultation, Minister Ryan said:

"Ireland has committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This will require a dramatic scaling up of indigenous renewable energy sources, wholesale electrification of domestic demand, increased electricity interconnection, and a viable renewable hydrogen industry.

"Last year was a landmark year for offshore energy in Ireland with over 3GW of capacity, which will be delivered by 2030, procured from our first offshore wind auction. Those results underscored the State’s ambitions within the offshore wind sector. The Future Framework expands that ambition further and maps out how Ireland can create a flagship offshore renewable energy sector to achieve our climate and energy targets beyond 2030, while also bolstering the security and prosperity of the State.

"The Future Framework will be delivered through collaboration between the State, industry and local communities and I strongly encourage all stakeholders to share their valuable feedback with us and play a part in shaping our energy future."

A final version of the Offshore Renewable Energy Future Framework will be approved by Government and co-published with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment’s National Industrial Strategy for Offshore Wind in the spring.

For information on how to make a submission to the consultation please see the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications website.