Investing in people: delivering a just energy transition for all Europeans

High-level & plenaries

When: Thursday, 4 April 2019, 9:00 - 10:15
Where: Auditorium 1

Session description

The IEA’s latest Global Energy Outlook report projects wind energy to become the leading form of power generation in Europe by 2028. With wind energy set to grow substantially, European regions transitioning away from fossil fuels have new opportunities for economic diversification and sustainable development. This rapid development of wind energy also means a transformation of the wider energy system that will be more decentralised, connected and flexible. This will require new skills and competences from people already working in or entering the industry. This session will explore how this transformation can be made to work for all Europeans, and how this upgrading to a new, cleaner energy system can drive a just transition, which will offer opportunities for local communities and workers to benefit.

The skills we need for tomorrow's wind industry is a half-day workshop that will build on this session. In this workshop, we will create a platform to tackle current skills gaps, skills evolution and how our industry can attract, train and retain talent. Registration is free but essential - find out more.

Session chair

Malgosia Bartosik

Deputy CEO, WindEurope


The Polish way to a just energy transition

Michal Kurtyka

COP24 President-designate & Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Poland

Offshore wind - Knowledge transfer across our ocean industries

Liv Lønnum

Secretary of State, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Norway

Keynote speech

Megan Richards

Director for Energy Policy, European Commission

Keynote speech

Arantxa Tapia

Minister for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Basque Government

Panel Discussion

Carlo Bottasso

President, European Acadamy of Wind Energy (EAWE)

Roberto García Galán

HR Director, Iberdrola Renovables

Javier Fernández-Combarro

Human Resources Director, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

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