European Commission announces selection of winning consortium led by eclareon, The Renewables Consulting Group and WindEurope to harmonize health and safety across wind energy
3 April 2019
Brussels, Belgium – The European Commission has confirmed that a consortium led by eclareon, The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) and WindEurope has been selected by the Commission to explore health, safety, and environment (HSE) best practice in the wind power sector. The “wind harmony” study will examine the alignment of HSE standards from construction, through operation and maintenance, to decommissioning, covering both onshore and offshore wind sites.
Europe is recognised as a leader in the global wind power industry, with the European wind energy market expected to reach 320 gigawatts by 2030 . The European Commission is seeking to understand the potential need and opportunities for enhancing the alignment and harmonisation of HSE standards across Europe and in the process lay the foundations for effective global standards for wind power.
This initiative is seen as crucial for the European wind power industry, with its strong manufacturing, development, and construction base, as it seeks to influence technological development worldwide. The consortium will identify the opportunities to advance the safe, healthy, cost-effective and responsible development of the wind power industry by facilitating the harmonisation and alignment of HSE standards.
Berlin-based international renewable energy policy consultants eclareon GmbH (“eclareon”) has teamed up with global advisory firm, The Renewables Consulting Group (“RCG”) and wind industry advocates, WindEurope. The expert consortium will review best practice and innovation to support the onshore and offshore wind power industry deliver safer projects worldwide. The consortium has been selected by the Commission to lead on this project, with the final contract expected to be signed imminently.
Christoph Urbschat, Managing Partner, eclareon, marked the tender award:
“eclareon is delighted to bring our significant public sector policy experience to this important safety initiative. We have been at the forefront of analysing European renewable energy policy and we are excited to be involved in helping translate Europe’s best practice to deliver a safer global industry.”
Alan Chivers, Chairman, RCG, commented:
“From the early days of wind energy, local regulatory differences have caused confusion and undoubtedly added time and cost to projects. Convergence of health and safety standards in Europe will create and deliver a significant cost reduction pathway. RCG has long-supported international harmonisation, contributing to greater understanding, increased workforce mobility, and efficiency. The team assembled will deliver incredible value and ultimately a safer industry.”
The substantial contract with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy will deliver an analysis of current and proposed health and safety legislation across Europe and establish a methodology to qualify, assess and prioritise where alignment at a European level could be beneficial. The consortium will work closely with all stakeholders in the wind energy sector.