Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA)

Global Alliance bringing together governments, the private sector, international organisations to accelerate the global deployment of offshore wind technologies.


The Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA), founded by Denmark, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), was officially launched at COP27 in November 2022, where a large group of countries agreed to a rapid ramp-up of offshore wind. For the coming three years, the founders and Colombia will co-chair the Alliance.

GOWA members

Member states

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Colombia
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Romania
  • Saint Lucia
  • State of Victoria
  • European Commission
  • Brazil
  • Panama
  • California

Private sectors

  • Ørsted A/S
  • Vestas
  • SSE Renewables
  • Corio Generation
  • Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)
  • Ramboll

Inter-governmental Organizations (IGOs)

  • International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
  • World Bank – ESMAP

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

  • Ocean Conservancy

Raising ambitions

The Global Offshore Wind Alliance has the ambition to create a global driving force for the uptake of offshore wind through political mobilisation and the creation of a global community of practice. The aim of GOWA is to contribute to achieving large-scale offshore wind capacities, benefiting regions, countries, and crucial sectors such as industry and transportation. This must be achieved through a responsible and sustainable use of the ocean while working to preserve marine biodiversity and engaging with local communities, CSOs, and other stakeholder groups..

Recognising that public-private collaboration is a key lever for accelerating the deployment of offshore wind, GOWA will bring together public and private sector actors across the offshore wind value chain to:

  • Raise ambition for offshore wind amongst governments and other public and private stakeholders.
  • Support the creation of policy frameworks and efficient offshore wind value chains to bring new and existing markets to maturity.
  • Create an international community of practice to drive action on offshore wind deployment as a key to achieving 1.5 degrees pathways. This will include a blended approach to finance in some countries, involving multilateral support to de-risk investments.

Unleashing the potential of offshore wind

GOWA will facilitate knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer learning among the countries joining the Alliance, e.g., through thematic working groups, workshops, and capacity building. To support countries in their development of offshore wind, GOWA will address the major building blocks for offshore wind, such as framework conditions, financial de-risking, system integration, and socio-economic benefits.

Watch the GOWA launch at COP27