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.
Managing Director and Director of Offshore Wind
Innogy Renewables UK Limited
UK Country Manager Offshore
Managing Director, UK
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Ltd
Moray Offshore Renewables Director
Head of Safety, Health and Environment
Director of Operations
Director, HSE & Sustainability
E.ON Climate and Renewables
Managing Director, Offshore
Health, Safety & Environment Director
Head of Safety, Security and Sustainability, New Energy Solutions
Meet the team
Kate Harvey, General Manager
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.
Arturo Andersen Chinbuah, Technical Officer
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.
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:
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.
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)
12 November - Inaugural APAC G+ Focal Group meeting (Taiwan)
21 November – G+ Focal Group meeting (London)
26-28 November – WindEurope Conference and Exhibition (Copenhagen)
10 December – G+ Board meeting (London)
17 December - IMCA Marine Renewable Energy Committee meeting (London)
16 January - G+ Focal Group meeting (Amsterdam)
22nd - 24th January - Workboat Association AGM
12 March - G+ Focal Group meeting (France)
14 May - G+ Focal Group meeting (Stavanger)
18 June - G+ Focal Group meeting (Edinburgh)
10 September - G+ Focal Group meeting (Hamburg)
15 October - G+ Focal Group meeting (Copenhagen)
19 November - G+ Focal Group meeting (London)