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Energy Institute to collaborate with G9 on offshore wind health and safety programme

Released on 30/01/2013

The Energy Institute (EI) and the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association have announced their plans to collaborate on developing a programme of good practice and guidance on health and safety issues in the offshore wind industry.

At the Renewables UK Health and Safety Conference in Sheffield, Iwan Tukalo, General Manager, Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind, speaking on behalf of Paul Smith, Chairman of the G9 Board, outlined the vision of the G9 to create an offshore wind industry that is seen to deliver world class health and safety performance across all of its activities. 

Mr Tukalo says, ‘The G9 members aim to use our position as major operators to provide health and safety leadership and direction across the offshore renewable sector. We will establish a network of company leaders, safety and health professionals and other major stakeholders as a focal point to promote a strong, sustainable and continually improving health and safety culture resulting in cost effective solutions. The G9 is delighted to be working with the EI to deliver these objectives. The EI’s independence and experience in this area will be essential to developing industry good practice for the benefit of wider society. The initial focus of activity will be on four themes – marine operations, lifting operations, competency and training, and work at height.’

Martin Maeso CEnv MEI, Knowledge Director, Energy Institute, says, ‘This new partnership brings together all of the relevant stakeholders to ensure a common approach and understanding of health and safety standards and good practice. Our role as an honest broker means we can engage with our broad membership and other interested parties to provide the most comprehensive guidance to support this growing industry.’

The G9 Steering Group was formed in 2012 to provide leadership on health and safety issues in the offshore wind industry. The G9 founding members are Centrica, DONG Energy, E.ON, RWE Innogy, Scottish Power Renewables, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall.

The G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association brings together nine of the world’s largest renewable energy developers to form a new group that places health and safety at the forefront of all offshore wind activity and developments. The new forum, known as G9, aims to create and deliver world class safety performance across all of its activities in the offshore wind industry. By working closely together, senior executives of all member companies will not only commit resources from their own respective teams, but will meet and actively lead the industry in finding solutions to the safety challenges that offshore wind projects face. The group intends to build upon the existing focus given to health and safety and deliver the necessary leadership and focus for the industry. The work of the G9 is funded by its founder members and its main activities will be to engage with stakeholders across Europe, share learning and identify best practices that will be commended to the entire industry. 

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