About the event

The Government of Sri Lanka has set a goal to have 70% of its electricity generated by renewable energy sources by 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality in electricity generation by 2050.  A currently untapped resource for the country that can help achieve these goals is offshore wind.

Sri Lanka has significant potential for offshore wind, and there is already private sector interest in developing projects. The additional clean energy capacity that could be generated by offshore wind can not only support the country’s transition to net zero carbon, but also increase security of supply and help reduce the economic burden from fossil fuel imports.

To fully assess the country’s offshore wind potential, the Government of Sri Lanka commissioned a roadmap published by the World Bank Group under its Offshore Wind Development Program. The Offshore Wind Roadmap for Sri Lanka, funded by the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and PROBLUE, provides a full overview of potential low and high growth scenarios for offshore wind development in the country, as well as a series of recommendations for the government to take in order to realize these scenarios.

Watch the official launch event for the Offshore Wind Roadmap for Sri Lanka to learn more about the key findings of the roadmap, and hear from high-level representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka, Embassy of the United Kingdom, WBG and IFC on what’s next for tapping into Sri Lanka’s offshore wind potential. 

Thumbnail Launch Event Sri Lanka Offshore Wind Roadmap


Opening Remarks*

  • Mr. M. P. D. U. K. Mapa Patharina, Secretary of Power & Energy Sri Lanka
  • Asela Dissanayake, Acting Country Manager – Sri Lanka, World Bank
  • Alejandro S Alvarez de la Campa, Country Manager – Sri Lanka, IFC 

A word of support from the UK*

  • Andrew Patrick, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka 

Key Takeaways from the roadmap

  • Mark Leybourne, co-lead of World Bank Offshore Wind Development Program

Ministerial Remarks

  • Hon. Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Power & Energy 


Moderated by Jari Väyrynen, Sr. Energy Specialist, World Bank.

All speakers above will be available for Q&A, as well as:

  • Martand Shardul, Director, GWEC India
  • Erik Mohr, Head of Section, Wind and Renewable Energy, COWI


*Not included in event recording above.

For any questions regarding the roadmap and the launch event, please contact Alyssa Pek at