Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, and patron of WindEnergy Hamburg 2016, opened the fair Tuesday (September 27th) amid increased exhibitor numbers who will be focusing on key issues in the sector over the next days. More than 1,400 exhibitors, 200 more than in 2014, are attending this year’s fair and an extra hall has been added to cater to their numbers. The key international WindEurope Summit is also being held parallel from September 27-29, 2016 in the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) for the first time making Hamburg the global centre of wind energy. Gabriel said: “I am very pleased that we have a wind focus here in Hamburg for the German and international wind industry. The location serves as a beacon and is justly hosting two leading events – the WindEnergy Hamburg and Wind Europe Summit.”
Over 1,400 exhibitors from 34 countries are presenting their innovations in the onshore and offshore industry on approximately 65,000 square metres in nine exhibition halls including many world premieres until September 30th. Meanwhile, the WindEurope Summit is offering an extensive programme with keynotes speeches under the theme “Making transition work”. The summit will feature over 45 conference sessions tailored to improve the understanding of the megatrends that are shaping the sector in Europe and beyond.
All nine halls fully booked
Gabriel said: “The wind industry is clearly a global growth market and Germany is an important driver of innovation. In 2015, new constructions in Europe accounted for growth of 6 per cent i.e. 13 GW. Global growth reached 17 per cent i.e. 60 GW. To allow for growth in this important market in future, we have structured the energy transition in this legislative period and made in easier to plan.”
Bernd Aufderheide, Chairman of the Management Board of the Hamburg Messe and Congress GmbH, said: “This year, we have attracted 1,436 exhibitors – 200 more than in 2014.” This year’s share of international exhibitors comes to 44 per cent over 33 per cent in 2014. Aufderheide added: “That shows that the concept of the leading, international wind energy fair is convincing.”
“Wind energy is a driving force”
Maroš Šefčovič, European Commissioner for Energy and Vice-President of the European Commission, said: “Today, we all agreed that the energy transition creates new business models. The energy transition means an economic turning point and a transition to a new economy.” In reference to the climate change objectives agreed at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris last December, Šefčovič added: “We wish to accelerate the success of renewables. Wind energy plays a crucial role.” By 2030, a minimum 50 per cent of electricity and 27 per cent of the entire energy needs are to met by renewable energies. Šefčovič noted: “One thing is clear – there is no way back.
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