Offshore wind energy is a crucial part of the response to climate change and to meeting growing demand for low carbon electricity. The workforce engaged in offshore wind around the world is growing fast, as technology costs fall and deployment increases. This inevitably means working in conditions and with machinery that are potentially hazardous. It puts an onus on all in the sector to pursue the most robust health and safety practices and to be transparent about performance.

G+ is the global health and safety organisation bringing together the offshore wind industry to pursue shared goals and outcomes. It is run in partnership with the Energy Institute which provides the secretariat and supports its work.

The G+ has three main work areas:

  • Incident data reporting
  • Good practice guidance
  • Safe by Design workshops.

The members of the G+ are lead operators and owners of offshore wind farms. Senior executives of the member companies meet quarterly, as the G+ Board.

The Focal Group consists of members’ health and safety experts, who meet monthly to deliver the work programme of the G+. There are also European and APAC Focal Groups, with consideration currently being given to creating a North American Focal Group.

Chair

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Paul Cowling

Managing Director and Director of Offshore Wind

Innogy Renewables UK Limited

Board members

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Benj Sykes

UK Country Manager Offshore

├śrsted

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Clark MacFarlane

Managing Director, UK

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Ltd

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Dan Finch

Moray Offshore Renewables Director

EDPR

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David Griffiths

Head of Safety, Health and Environment

SSE Renewables

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Don Mackay

Director of Operations

EDF Renewables

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Jill Lees

Director, HSE & Sustainability

E.ON Climate and Renewables

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Jonathan Cole

Managing Director, Offshore

ScottishPower Renewables

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Martin Furth

Health, Safety & Environment Director

Vattenfall Wind

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Tove Lunde

Head of Safety, Security and Sustainability, New Energy Solutions

Equinor

Meet the team

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Kate Harvey is the General Manager of the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation. Kate began her career in renewable energy at RWE in 2002. Kate then joined SSE in 2008, where she undertook the following roles: Consents Manager for Greater Gabbard, Project Manager for Galloper, SSE Asset Manager for Dogger Bank and Board member of Seagreen. Kate has been the G+ General Manager since 2016.

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Dr Arturo Andersen Chinbuah is the Technical Officer of the G+. Dr Andersen is a PhD in Environmental Sciences specialised in Ecological Economics. His research was focused on understanding the relationship between energy and material use with socio-economic development. He joined G+ in 2018 after completing his doctorate degree.

Case studies

The G+ aims to publish case studies of Health and Safety initiatives developed by G+ members, in order to assist with the sharing of experiences.

The G+ has published the below case studies:

Calendar

An events calendar for the organisations involved in the Collaboration Committee is listed below. This calendar lists external and internal events and meetings from the G+, GWO, IMCA and RenewableUK.

Should you require further information, please contact your relevant industry organisation represented on the Collaboration Committee.

G+GWOIMCARUK

October 2019

2 October - IMCA Marine Renewable Energy Committee meeting

17 October - G+ Safety Champions meeting (Hamburg)

22 October - Project Harmony Steering Committee meeting (Brussels)

24 October – G+ Focal Group meeting (Edinburgh)

November 2019

12 November - Inaugural APAC G+ Focal Group meeting (Taiwan)

21 November – G+ Focal Group meeting (London)

26-28 November – WindEurope Conference and Exhibition (Copenhagen)

December 2019

10 December – G+ Board meeting (London)

17 December - IMCA Marine Renewable Energy Committee meeting (London)

January 2020

16 January - G+ Focal Group meeting (Amsterdam)

22nd - 24th January - Workboat Association AGM

March 2020

12 March - G+ Focal Group meeting (France)

May 2020

14 May - G+ Focal Group meeting (Stavanger)

June 2020

18 June - G+ Focal Group meeting (Edinburgh)

September 2020

10 September - G+ Focal Group meeting (Hamburg)

October 2020

15 October - G+ Focal Group meeting (Copenhagen)

November 2020

19 November - G+ Focal Group meeting (London)