Global Wind Energy Council

The Global Wind Energy Council helps open up new markets for wind energy. GWEC has a proven track record of success in helping to build the wind energy industry in emerging markets around the world, including China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, India, Argentina, and Vietnam

Shell Joins the Global Wind Energy Council as a board level member

Beijing, 19 October 2018

  • Shell joins GWEC as a board level member
  • The move comes as Shell expands its wind business as part of the Shell New Energies Strategy
  • Shell is participating in GWEC’s Offshore Taskforce

Shell has joined the Global Wind Energy Council as a board level member.

Ben Backwell, CEO of the Global Wind Energy Council, says: “We are delighted to have Shell join GWEC’s board. Shell’s experience across energy markets in many geographies and deep knowledge of technology development and engineering will bring a valuable new perspective to our work in accelerating the growth of the wind industry across the world.”

Dorine Bosman, VP Shell Wind Development, says: “We are pleased to join GWEC and their Offshore Taskforce to help accelerate the development of offshore wind, an important part of Shell’s growing New Energies portfolio. We look forward to working with Ben and his team and the other GWEC members.”

Shell is taking part in GWEC’s Offshore Taskforce, which brings together leading industry actors to accelerate the development of offshore wind in new global markets.

The announcement was made during China Wind Power, China’s largest energy show, which brings together over 20,000 people active in the wind power sector in Beijing.

GWEC expects the wind industry to grow to accumulated installed capacity of 841GW in 2022, from 539GW at the end of 2017.

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See https://gwec.net/

For more information on the Offshore Wind Taskforce contact:

(For GWEC) Metin Palak
HK Strategies
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Participate in a Global Gender and Renewable Energy survey

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with support from GWNET and REN21, is undertaking a global Gender and Renewable Energy survey.

The objective of the survey is to gather quantitative and qualitative insights on the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector, existing challenges and potential solutions to improve gender diversity. The findings from the survey will contribute to addressing the data and knowledge gap on gender in renewable energy, and inform policy making to ensure that the energy transition is inclusive and benefits from a wider pool of talent.

The survey should not take longer than 10 minutes to fill out.

About the survey

The survey differentiates between those working in the access and non-access (modern) contexts. For each, you can take the survey as an individual or on behalf of your organization. The questions for each category are different:

  • From individuals working in the sector, we hope to gather insights on the challenges and barriers faced in attracting and retaining women in the workforce, as well as potential solutions. On completing the survey, we encourage you to share the survey with your colleagues to ensure as large a sample of respondents as possible, as well as the Human Resources (HR) department in your organization (see below).
  • From organisations in the sector, we’d like to understand the gender distribution in your workforce and the policies and measures you are implementing towards greater gender diversity. Answering the questions will require knowledge of relevant staff statistics and. Therefore, representatives from the HR division may be best equipped in filling this part of the survey.

The survey can be accessed using the link: 
https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eIZVZdBXXxE1YxL 

Please note that the information provided through the survey will be processed and aggregated with information provided by other respondents and serve as an important input for the forthcoming Women in Renewable Energy report to be published by IRENA. Accordingly, personal data and individually identifiable information will not be publicly disclosed.

Should you face any technical difficulties in filling out the survey or have any questions or clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Celia García-Baños (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We thank you for your time in advance for filling out the survey!

GWEC creates Taskforce to accelerate Global Offshore Wind deployment

  • Asia, North America seen leading push for widespread adoption of Offshore Wind outside of Europe
  • Wind energy pioneer Henrik Stiesdal to support initiative to accelerate Offshore Wind in global markets

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has created a new Offshore Wind Taskforce to accelerate the development of offshore wind technology in non-European markets such as Asia and North America.

The Taskforce will be chaired by Alastair Dutton, who played a key role in the creation of the UK’s successful offshore wind industry with roles at The Crown Estate and in government at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The TaskfForce will be made up of leading developers, investors and manufacturers in the sector, as well as technical experts and inter-governmental organisations. It will be supported by Henrik Stiesdal, widely known as the “father” of the modern wind industry and the creator of the first large scale offshore wind project, who will act as GWEC’s Global Offshore Wind Ambassador.

Offshore wind has huge potential in many regions, as the world looks for competitive, zero carbon energy sources that can be deployed at scale and in relatively fast time frames,” says Stiesdal. “However, the industry needs to find the most appropriate technologies for deploying offshore wind in different conditions – for example floating offshore wind in regions with deep water levels, and creating efficient supply chains across the globe,” he adds.

GWEC CEO Ben Backwell says: “Offshore wind has already become a mainstream power source in Europe, accounting for the lion’s share of new power capacity in the UK and a significant share in countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark.” He adds: “Now more and more countries are starting to see the advantage of offshore wind, and the technology is in a position to become truly global.”

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the global offshore wind market is set to grow at a 16pc annual compound rate from 2017 to 2030, reaching a cumulative capacity of 115 GW compared to 17.6GW today.  China is set to overtake the current leader the UK and lead installations by 2022, while Taiwan and the US will also reach 1GW per year of annual installations in the next decade.

The Offshore Wind Taskforce initiative is being supported by some of the leading companies in the sector, including Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Iberdrola, Østed and MHI-Vestas.

The Taskforce aims to carry out a series of activities, including:

  • Advising governments on regulatory frameworks and tendering systems for offshore wind, including creating an Offshore Wind Policy Toolkit
  • Measuring and highlighting the economic and social benefits of offshore wind deployment and the creation of local supply chains
  • Fostering technology innovation and the testing of new turbines, installation techniques and O&M strategies, including promoting the benefits of digitalisation
  • Spreading best practices and the transfer of knowledge from Europe and other established markets to new and developing markets
  • Creating appropriate forums to promote the growth of the global offshore industry, including seminars, technical workshops, conferences and exhibitions.

 

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 90 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

See www.gwec.net

For more information on the Offshore Wind Taskforce contact:

Lauha Fried
Communications Director, GWEC
Tel. +32 477 364251
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