Whilst in the UK we are striving towards achieving the Government’s 2020 renewable energy target to produce 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020, the WindEurope expo in Bilboa gave us a great insight into the emerging renewable energy markets around the world.
Our CEO Tom headed over to the expo in Spain not only to network with industry figures, but to learn more about the trends in the renewable energy sector. The annual expo, which was attended by 8,500 participants, 300 exhibitors and 155 speakers (including 5 Government Ministers, leading CEOs and experts from the worlds of technology, policy and finance), took place across three days in the word-class venue. During the course of the expo, 30 conference sessions also took place, ultimately providing a well-rounded and highly informative event.
One of the most significant insights from the event was the worldwide emerging markets that were identified. These were in Taiwan, Belgium and the USA, which up until now, are markets that have not been a focus for the renewable energy industry. The growth in these areas suggests that climate change and the importance of moving our reliance away from fossil fuels is at the forefront of not just a European, but worldwide agenda.
Speakers from a broad range of countries, companies and roles shared their thoughts and insights on the industry, with updates from the likes of Megan Richards from the European Commission being particularly interesting.
On the back of this expo, Tom has now travelled to the Offshore Tech Conference in Texas where, amongst other things, he will be meeting with companies looking to develop their GWO Sea Survival provision. This potential partnership, which would see Complete Training Solutions become the approved training partner of some of the largest renewable energy companies in the USA, is back by the Department of Investment and Trade (DIT).
Whilst research has suggested that the UK will miss their 2020 target for renewable energy consumption, one thing that that is clear is that the world is definitely aware of the need to increase our renewable energy consumption over the coming years and decades. And we believe that we can firmly help with ensuring the workforce is well equipped to meet this demand.