More than 5000 wind turbines will be decommissioned in Scotland within the next 30 years – opening up the prospect of a green jobs boost, according to a new report. The country’s first forecast into onshore wind decommissioning was published by Zero Waste Scotland, whose chief executive highlighted the economic opportunities that could be on offer. The report – entitled The Future of Onshore Wind Decommissioning in Scotland – finds that around 5500 wind turbines will be decommissioned in Scotland by 2050. Zero Waste Scotland says this represents “a quantified opportunity to grow Scotland’s remanufacturing sector in line with net-zero ambitions”. The findings identify a need for future reprocessing infrastructure and storage locations to support the demands of wind turbine decommissioning, as well as opportunities to increase skills and expertise in the reuse and refurbishment of wind turbines in Scotland. Scotland’s minister for green skills, circular economy and biodiversity, Lorna Slater, said: “There is a huge circular economy opportunity in Scotland’s already thriving renewable energy sector.
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