The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
The development of the sector in the region is in its infancy: there are currently no offshore wind farms in operation.
The first is due to be completed by 2020 in Italy (Taranto), while several projects are in a pilot phase in France, and Greece is considering potential development of the sector.
EU renewable energy targets agreed in 2014 aim for a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels, and for renewable energy to contribute at least 27% to energy consumption by 2030; the growth of the offshore wind energy sector will undoubtedly continue swiftly.
Ecosystem-based Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) should be used to ensure that offshore windfarms are not deployed in areas with habitats, species or ecological processes that are likely to be particularly sensitive to these impacts, whether during construction or operation.