Online seminar during EU Raw Materials Week

The road to a sustainable and circular value chain for wind energy

Goal: The Paris agreement, the green deal and national policies ask for more sustainable industries with clean energy. Therefore, supported by European and national policies, the wind energy industry is challenged to find ways to upscale its capacity output. In addition, the challenge exists of lowering the carbon and ecological footprints of the wind energy sector, while growing at a significant rate. This, among others, means that circularity should be integrated into (business) strategies and working methods in the wind energy industry. Putting circularity on the agenda is becoming ever more urgent as in the coming years a growing number of wind farms - mostly onshore wind farms – in Europe will reach their end of life. This opens an opportunity to decrease the vulnerability of being dependent on the current supply chains, by developing efficient circularity models for critical (secondary) raw materials. At the same time, global shortages of (rare earth) metals, international trade tension and the lack of European raw material mining are threatening the developments of more wind energy in Europe.

Therefore, we organise an international seminar at the European Raw Materials Week. ECHT from the perspective of the EU Circular Wind Hub will hold a discussion about retaining materials in Europe, setting up new circular value chains, improving circular design and circularity tendering/regulations. Part of the discussion is about current challenges, exchanging information and streamline processes on the large-scale circular sustainable development of wind energy within Europe. We are happy that we can already announce the following speakers:

Announced speakers

  • Erwin Coolen, Director of ECHT & EU Circular Wind Hub
  • Daniel Fraile, Director of Market Intelligence at Wind Europe
  • David Molenaar, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewables BV
  • Arjan Pouw and Gustav Frid, Sustainability specialist and advisor at Vattenfall

Timeline 09:00 - 11:00

  • Opening by ECHT
  • 15 min presentations per speaker
  • Panel discussion where also participants are able to send questions
  • Closing by ECHT

As Mrs. Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, stated at the Circular Wind Hub: “The circular economy is a key element of the European Green Deal. Circularity is also important for how we generate wind power. While the energy is renewable, the wind turbines are not. Not yet. Working together across the entire value chain is crucial. We need collaboration between stakeholders, public and private. In Europe and beyond. Let us take the next steps together!”

See you, the 19th of November at 09:00 – EU Circular Wind Hub

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    Friday november 19th
    09.00 - 11.00 A.M.
    Online event

    Online seminar during EU Raw Materials Week

    The road to a sustainable and circular value chain for wind energy

    Goal: The Paris agreement, the green deal and national policies ask for more sustainable industries with clean energy. Therefore, supported by European and national policies, the wind energy industry is challenged to find ways to upscale its capacity output. In addition, the challenge exists of lowering the carbon and ecological footprints of the wind energy sector, while growing at a significant rate. This, among others, means that circularity should be integrated into (business) strategies and working methods in the wind energy industry. Putting circularity on the agenda is becoming ever more urgent as in the coming years a growing number of wind farms - mostly onshore wind farms – in Europe will reach their end of life. This opens an opportunity to decrease the vulnerability of being dependent on the current supply chains, by developing efficient circularity models for critical (secondary) raw materials. At the same time, global shortages of (rare earth) metals, international trade tension and the lack of European raw material mining are threatening the developments of more wind energy in Europe.

    Therefore, we organise an international seminar at the European Raw Materials Week. ECHT from the perspective of the EU Circular Wind Hub will hold a discussion about retaining materials in Europe, setting up new circular value chains, improving circular design and circularity tendering/regulations. Part of the discussion is about current challenges, exchanging information and streamline processes on the large-scale circular sustainable development of wind energy within Europe. We are happy that we can already announce the following speakers:

    Announced speakers

    • Erwin Coolen, Director of ECHT & EU Circular Wind Hub
    • Daniel Fraile, Director of Market Intelligence at Wind Europe
    • David Molenaar, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewables BV
    • Arjan Pouw and Gustav Frid, Sustainability specialist and advisor at Vattenfall

    Timeline 09:00 - 11:00

    • Opening by ECHT
    • 15 min presentations per speaker
    • Panel discussion where also participants are able to send questions
    • Closing by ECHT

    As Mrs. Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, stated at the Circular Wind Hub: “The circular economy is a key element of the European Green Deal. Circularity is also important for how we generate wind power. While the energy is renewable, the wind turbines are not. Not yet. Working together across the entire value chain is crucial. We need collaboration between stakeholders, public and private. In Europe and beyond. Let us take the next steps together!”

    See you, the 19th of November at 09:00 – EU Circular Wind Hub

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