Pathways to Growth



Credit - Natural England

Pathways to Growth (P2G) is the Sector Deal’s workstream focused on identifying and addressing the key environmental and consenting challenges that will be a barrier to the UK meeting its offshore wind 2030 target and playing its full role in delivering net zero. Recognising the scale of the challenge, P2G brings together government representatives, Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies (SNCBs), and industry across the UK’s Devolved Administrations to work together in partnership. 


Credit - Natural England

“Working in partnership is critical to delivering the genuine step change needed to resolve consenting and environmental challenges and to support the offshore wind sector deliver the 2030 and ultimately the UK’s net zero targets. The commitment by the P2G Executive Board and Coordination Group members to  work collaboratively has seen some major steps being taken towards delivering answers in 2021, laying the groundwork for resolving long-standing challenges as we move into 2022 and as the industry continues to scale up.” 

Benj Sykes - Workstream Sponsor, Ørsted


“P2G has highlighted how important it is to link activities and organisations - both to ensure that we can see a clear path to resolving key consenting and environmental issues and to identify and address gaps early to maintain momentum. There is a considerable amount of valuable work going on in this space and maintaining a constant check on progress, informed by the Coordination Group and Executive Board members, will be critical to resolving issues if we are to achieve the scale of offshore wind deployment needed to meet 2030 and net zero targets.”

Brian McFarlane - Workstream Lead, SSE Renewables


Credit - Natural England

“It is hugely motivating to work with so many people that are focused on finding constructive solutions to the key consenting and environmental challenges that we face in offshore wind. No one underestimates the challenge of meeting both the 2030 and net zero targets, but everyone has come together to contribute to an open and honest debate about the key issues, what is achievable and what we can do when solutions may not be delivered for some time.”


Harbour Porpoise - Natural England

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Rachael Mills - P2G Coordination Group Manager