The UK recently became the first G7 country to commit to becoming a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. This is an ambitious and commendable target. Now it’s up to our policy-makers, businesses and communities to take the baton and begin to make it a reality.
Make no mistake, net-zero will be a huge challenge. But it also presents momentous opportunities, not least for our offshore wind sector.
The energy industry currently accounts for a whopping 23% of UK emissions. To achieve net zero, the Committee on Climate Change says we’ll need over 3GW of new clean energy capacity a year.
To help meet these ambitions, the pioneers leading the offshore wind sector are coming together next week at Global Offshore Wind 2019. The conference will be an opportunity for sector pioneers to share learnings, highlight next-generation innovation and plan for the exciting future ahead.
Global Offshore Wind has over 85 events taking place across two action-packed days, so to help you pick the sessions to attend, we’ve highlighted our top 5:
What drives the energy transition and what does it mean for the industry?
11:15am – 12:15pm Tuesday 25 June
Focusing on the fast growth of the renewable industry, this panel will analyse shifts in how energy is sourced and supplied, and provide insight into the offshore wind industry’s catalystic potential in the wider clean-energy transition.
Featuring: KPMG, Bloomberg NEF, Ofgem and Equinor. Chaired by Guardian energy correspondent, Jillian Ambrose.
Brexit and the European offshore wind market
3:15pm – 4:15pm Tuesday 25 June
Can you host an event in London right now and not have a talk on the B word? No. And for good reason, Brexit has the potential to transform the global offshore wind industry in ways that are largely unknown. This session will explore the potential impact and provide delegates with practical support, as well as offering perspectives from government, legal representatives and the international supply chain.
Featuring: RenewableUK, Shepherd & Wedderburn, BEIS and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Chaired by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind UK manager, Julian Brown.
Offshore Wind Sector Deal
9:30am – 10:45am Wednesday 26 June
The Offshore Wind Sector Deal was a momentous industry turning point, with the government pledging a third of British electricity to be produced by offshore wind by 2030. The deal is an opportunity to place the industry at the heart of the economy. This session will delve into the deal and its reach into communities across the UK.
Featuring: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Iberdrola Global Offshore Business, Innogy, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS. Chaired by Ørsted UK manager, Benj Sykes.
The road to net zero
1:45pm – 2:45pm Wednesday 26 June
This session will explore the role offshore wind will play in a net zero economy, including ambitions to treble offshore wind capacity over the next ten years.
Featuring: The Rt Hon Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for BEIS and Charlie Baker, Govenor of Massachusetts. Chaired by RenewableUK Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal.
Turbine technology and innovation: scaling up turbines
3:30pm – 4:30pm Wednesday 26 June
Does the future of offshore wind lie in super-sized turbines? Recent developments in turbine technology suggest so, with capacity power surging as turbine sizes grow. This panel will discuss the most important trends and issues facing turbine technology and innovation.
Featuring: CS Wind UK, LOC Group Ltd, LM Wind Power, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and GreenSpur Renewables. Chaired by Lloyd’s Register’s Principal Engineer, Mark Spring.
Get in touch
Find out more about Global Offshore Wind 2019 and the fantastic range of speakers and exhibitors here. To arrange a meeting with Greenhouse at the event, send an email to email@example.com or call 0117 214 1250.