Offshore wind policy statement: consultation analysis

Analysis of responses to the consultation on the offshore wind policy statement which ran from December 2019 to April 2020.

Appendix 1: Quantitative summary

Table 2 provides a quantitative summary of how many respondents answered each question. This was defined as providing any substantive or explanatory comment. Those referring to an answer to another question are classed as answering. Those stating 'No answer' or 'No comment', for example, are classed as not answering.

The counts below include Alternative Format Responses where 1) respondents clearly indicated their comment was in response to a specific question, or 2) the research team felt elements of a response answered a specific question and analysed it as such.

Table 2: Quantitative summary of all questions
Question Number answering (out of 48) % of respondents answering
Q1: Does the current pipeline and level of activity in the offshore wind sector in Scotland provide a sufficient platform upon which to build the greater contribution required to achieve our climate change goals? 37 77%
Q2: Do you believe that the 2030 visions and aspirations described above are sufficiently ambitious? 38 79%
Q3: What actions do you believe should be taken by the Scottish Government, UK Government and agencies in order to realise the full potential of Scotland's offshore wind sector? 45 94%
Q4: What are the key regulatory and cost challenges facing the offshore wind sector? 35 73%
Q5: What more can the sector and other key stakeholders do to tackle these? 36 75%
Q6: What should the key Scottish priorities be in relation to Air Defence Radar, and towards radar mitigation more generally? 16 33%
Q7: What more can the Scottish Government do, working with industry and other stakeholders, to address 'knowledge gaps' in environmental assessments for potential offshore wind developments? 26 54%
Q8: What steps can be taken to improve interactions between offshore wind and other marine sectors? 31 65%
Q9: How could a competitive market framework that promotes the development of floating wind be developed whilst still retaining value for money for the consumer? 28 58%
Q10: Considering the currently available literature and analysis, what do you consider a successful offshore wind industry in Scotland in the future would look like? 27 56%
Q11: What scale of deployment would you estimate or believe to represent a successful outcome, and why? 29 60%
Q12: What actions should industry and government take to address the issues described in this section and ensure the most positive future position for offshore wind in Scotland? 32 67%
Q13: What areas of the Scottish supply chain do we excel at, and what could we do better? 21 44%
Q14: Where are the new areas that Scotland can develop and exploit a competitive supply chain advantage? 22 46%
Q15: What are the main challenges a company faces when tendering for a contract? 14 29%
Q16: Subject to procurement law, what more should government and its agencies do to assist the supply chain secure contracts? 22 46%
Q17: What are the key skills issues and gaps facing the sector over the coming years, in the short and medium term? 20 42%
Q18: What more should government and the sector do to build on the progress made in recent years? 21 44%
Q19: What can Scotland learn from the approach taken in other countries around the world in this area? Are there examples of best practice you can share? 16 33%
Q20: What can the Scottish Government most usefully and feasibly do to build on the innovation support previously and currently available? 27 56%
Q21: How can we support technologies and developments which reach a viable stage between leasing rounds and Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions? 19 40%
Q22: Where respondents believe that scope remains for innovation in fixed offshore wind, what areas should be prioritised? 22 46%
Q23: What actions should be taken to address the key challenges facing the uptake of commercial scale floating in Scotland? 23 48%
Q24: What can be done, on the part of government and / or others, to strengthen and benefit from the synergies with a) hydrogen and b) the oil and gas sector? 26 54%



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