Maintaining the competitiveness of the European supply chain
Policy & markets
When: Thursday, 4 April 2019, 15:00 - 16:15
Where: Luxua 1
The European wind industry has been successful in cutting LCOE to adapt to a more challenging and merchant environment. Manufacturers have built global supply chains, and European component suppliers (most of them SMEs) are home to the most advanced technology so far, delivering their products and services globally.
But as markets outside Europe become more competitive and attitudes to trade become more protectionist, the combination of increased merchant risk – due to the shift to auctions across European markets – and the relative weakness of national markets in Europe is putting pressure on the European supply chain and the sustainability of the qualified jobs it provides.
This session will look at how to ensure that Europe’s wind supply chain remains competitive. It will explore the role that ambitious R&D and industrial development policies deployed in a collaborative framework can play in that respect, so that the European wind supply chain maintains its global leadership and continues to drive Europe’s ambitious de-carbonisation agenda.
Delegates attending this session will achieve the following learning objectives:
- Get an overview of the contribution of the European wind energy supply chain to Europe’s energy transition
- Identify the challenges that the European wind supply chain is currently facing, and the impacts of increased merchant risk and international competition
- Explore possible paths to strengthening the European wind energy supply chain, including new technologies, business models but also framework conditions
- Understand the need for collaboration and the required synergies along the value chain to deliver the expected competitiveness improvements
General Manager, Basque Energy Cluster (Cluster Energia)