As Europe’s energy mix goes through a pivotal time of transition, what can wind energy bring to the table to deliver a clean economy for all Europeans? From 2-4 April, the WindEurope 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Bilbao will gather over 8,000 wind industry delegates to address this question.
Long renowned as Europe’s leading on- and offshore event, the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition annually connects hundreds of speakers and exhibitors with thousands of delegates from the worlds of finance, technology, academia, policy, and more.
In 2019, the event takes place against a backdrop of immense change and transition across Europe. As you read this, EU Governments are working on their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2030. In these plans, Member States must outline their climate and energy goals, policies and measures from 2021 to 2030. These NECPs need to be finalised by the end of 2019. They will define the market in which the entire European wind industry works for the next decade.
At the same time, you don’t need to be a scientist to observe the unpredictability of our weather patterns in recent years: record-breaking temperatures, high and low, are becoming an alarming norm. Climate change has come to the forefront of the public conversation across the continent: protests and climate marches are now never far from the headlines.
The WindEurope Conference & Exhibition takes place at the intersection of these lines: between policy and public interest, marrying investment in business with investment in communities. Much of the conversation in Bilbao will centre on how wind energy can secure its future as the leading power source of a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous Europe. That is why the theme of this year’s event is ‘Delivering a clean economy for all Europeans’.