Day Two - 5 November | EoLIS 2021
End-of-Life Issues & Strategies Seminar
4-5 November 2021 • Brussels

Day Two – 5 November

Market and regulatory overview on decommissioning and recycling in Europe


As of end of 2020, 34,000 turbines are 15 years or older, representing 36 GW of onshore wind capacity in the continent. Out of the 36 GW, about 9 GW are 20-24 years old and around 1 GW are 25 years or older, hence close to the operating end-of-life. In addition, with WindEurope’s call for a landfill ban on decommissioned wind turbine blades by 2025, this creates a significant market for decommissioning of onshore wind farms over the next decade: setting the right regulatory context in the Member States is therefore of paramount importance to harness such opportunities. In this session we will do a “tour of Europe” to get an overview of the regulatory frameworks concerning decommissioning and recycling, with bottlenecks and best practices.

In this session we will do a “tour of Europe” to get an overview of the regulatory frameworks concerning decommissioning and recycling, with bottlenecks and best practices.


Daniel Fraile

Director of Market Intelligence,


Shane Colgan

Expert – Circular Economy,
European Energy Agency

Presentation of the report “Emerging waste streams – challenges and opportunities”

Roland Gauss

Thematic Officer Substitution and Recycling,
EIT Raw Materials

Towards a Circular Economy of rare earth magnets in wind energy. Challenges and opportunities

Alessandro Lagostena

Regulatory & Public Affairs – Responsible for Energy & Environmental Studies,

Joint presentation of the coordinators of the inter-associate Working Group on the circularity approach for ‘end-of-waste’ for wind blades in Italy

Silvia Olivotto

Innovation Project Manager – Wind Energy,
Enel Green Power

Joint presentation of the coordinators of the inter-associate Workign Group on the circularity approach for ‘end-of-waste’ for wind blades in Italy

Rachel Ruamps

Policy Officer for Economy and Industy,
France Energie Eolienne

French perspective on recycling and decommissioning practices



Haras Najib

Consultant Power Systems Technology and Innovation Working Goup Wind Industry,


Shahin Jalili

Research Fellow,
University of Aberdeen

DecomTools – Cost, Emission, and Risk Analyses for Offshore Wind Farm Decommissioning

Hans-Dieter Wilcken

Managing Director,

Economies of Decommissioning

Jonas Pagh Jensen

EHS Specialist,
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Improving life cycle assessment and supporting an efficient decommissioning.

Building a circular supply chain: challenges and developments


Maximum collaboration is needed to accelerate the transition towards full circularity within the wind industry. ​ It is essential to redesign the wind industry to become futureproof and reach the circular objectives of the European Green Deal. ​ Knowledge must be developed for optimal end-of-life strategies, industrial infrastructure should be developed to handle the large streams of wind turbines and circular policies must be set. In this session we will discuss recyclability improvements within the supply chain, the importance of data for the new value chain and the role of investments in order to scale up. A Moonshot project how to achieve ambitious goals and solve circularity for our future society. ​


Erwin Coolen

Owner and Director Energy Transition,


Erwin Coolen

Owner and Director Energy Transition,

Introduction on the EU Circular Wind Hub

John Korsgaard

Senior Director, Engineering Excellence,
LM Wind Power

Presentation on new developments in blade material composition, and how such developments create a pull within the supply chain for increased circularity/sustainability

Tobias Brinkmann

Managing Director,
brands & values GmbH

Presentation of results from RecycleWind 2.0: EPD’s and data sharing for an effective recycling of rotor blades.

Anne Velenturf

Senior Research Fellow in Circular Economy,
University of Leeds

Integrated business models for circular wind: recycling

Sponsored session by Neo Performance Materials


NdFeB Rare Earth Permanent Magnets are the world’s strongest permanent magnets and are a critical component for state-of-the-art technologies enabling Green Transition in Europe, including Wind Power.

With the expected fast growth in Wind Power generation, the European Commission considers Rare Earth to be amongst the most resource critical raw materials. Long-term Rare Earth Magnet demand is forecast to grow, and the future supply of RE magnet and RE elements may be affected by potential supply chain disruption and price uncertainties. Thus, circularity in the rare earth supply chain in Europe has become the need of the hour for the successful growth of Wind Power and the Green Transition of Europe.

In this session, different strategies to enable circular economy in the rare earth supply chain will be presented and analysed. Neo’s recommendation on the topic will be presented to conclude the current industry situation and the long-term outlook.


Jim Herchenroeder

Vice President Technology & North American Sales Manager,
Neo Magnaquench

Recycling blades 1: an overview of existing solutions


Sustainability and circularity of materials used in wind turbine blades are hot topics and many projects are tackling these challenge in different ways. How are those developments going and have we discovered more innovations or more challenges? Which changes are needed in order to bend the blades circular?


Nina Vielen-Kallio

Manager Circularity in the Energy Transition,


Allan K. Poulsen

Head of Advanced Structures and Sustainability,

CETEC project

Markku Vilkki

CEO & Co-Owner, Conenor

Ecobulk project

Marcello Colledani

Professor, Politecnico di Milano


Evanthia Pappa

Project Manager/Researcher, National Technical University of Athens


Recycling blades 2: making the most of the existing solutions


Before other solutions reach industrial scale, we’ll have to deal with higher volumes of waste, especially if we implement the landfill ban. As seen from the technologies discussed in Part 1, we can summarise that the issue is not developing the technologies, but rather scaling up these technologies and the steps needed for this. How can we make the most of today’s most ‘ready’ solutions (e.g., coprocessing), and how can we minimize the flipsides of it? How will these existing commercially available solutions accommodate to the increasing volumes of blades (following the call for a landfill ban of decommissioned blades) and what would be needed to do this in their opinion (including financial support, regulatory/policy support,…)


Nicolas Quiévy

Senior Wind Technology Manager – Global Expert,


David Romero

Partner and COO,

Eric Waeyenbergh

Advocacy Manager and Health,
Geocycle Europe

Michael Suppaner

Senior Sales & Business Development Manager