Ministerial session - Breaking new ground: the wind industry and the global energy transition

High-level & plenaries

When: Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 9:30 - 11:00
Where: Room: Brussels

Session description


The world is moving from the era of fossil fuel-based energy towards an increasingly decarbonised energy supply. Wind power has come a long way: from niche to mainstream; from primarily European to truly global. And the wind industry today is breaking new ground to facilitate and accelerate the global energy transition: it is now working to support the decarbonisation of other energy-intensive sectors of the economy; it is embracing digitalisation to facilitate system integration and develop new business models; it strives to become more resilient to face the challenges of a more merchant environment; and it explores new frontiers, as new markets emerge and new technologies appear. This session will bring together policymakers and industry leaders to discuss how the wind industry can make an even greater contribution to a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, and a more sustainable energy system, while supporting communities across Europe and beyond.

Session chair

Giles Dickson

CEO, WindEurope


Wind leading the clean energy transition

Fatih Birol

Executive Director, International Energy Agency


Giles Dickson

CEO, WindEurope

Bernd Aufderheide

CEO, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH

Thorsten Herdan

Director General for Energy Policy, Heating and Efficiency, Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)


Miguel Arias Cañete

European Commissioner for Energy, European Commission

Fatih Birol

Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Michael Losch

Director General for Energy, Federal Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development of Austria

Kjell-Børge Freiberg

Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway

Lars Christian Lilleholt

Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Denmark

Markus Beyrer

Director General, BusinessEurope

Industry panel discussion

Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath

CEO, E.ON Climate and Renewables

Hans-Dieter Kettwig

Managing Director, ENERCON

Philippe Kavafyan

CEO, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

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