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Sustainable Decommissioning: Wind Turbine Blade Recycling Phase 1

Thirty years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that offshore wind could power every home in the UK. Today, that target is one of the key pillars of the UK Government’s climate change policy. This vision has been driven by the passion of wind industry pioneers to forge this new sector and make renewable energy a commercial reality.

The ‘Sustainable Decommissioning – Wind Turbine Blade Recycling’ report was produced under the Energy Transition Alliance (ETA), a partnership between the Net Zero Technology Centre and ORE Catapult, with input from experts at the National Composites Centre (NCC) and the University of Leeds. It was commissioned to investigate alternatives to landfill and incineration for end-of-life wind turbine blades and identifies 14 technologies that have the potential to recover blade materials. Creating a circular economy and extending the sector's UK job creation targets by 30%.