Offshore Wind Energy: Deepening EU-Japan Cooperation | Online Workshop | 26th & 28th April 2021

Deploying renewable energy massively will be key to achieve the 2050 goal of climate neutrality shared by the EU and Japan. In both regions, offshore wind is seen as one of the renewable sources with the highest growth potential. The European Commission estimates that 30% of electricity demand in Europe could be covered by offshore wind by 2050, while the Japanese government made offshore wind a pillar of its new Green Growth Strategy.

Europe is a leader: three out of the top five turbine manufacturers worldwide are based in Europe, and European companies represent 90% of the global market. Japan aims at becoming the third largest producer of offshore wind electricity by 2040, after Europe and China. 

European and Japanese companies – from major firms of the energy, construction or trading sectors, to smaller suppliers and startups – already work together in several projects, in Europe and Japan. With the renewed ambitions of Europe and Japan for offshore wind energy, this cooperation can be expanded, to the benefit of an accelerated, cost-effective deployment. Deepening this cooperation requires a better mutual knowledge of the solutions developed by companies from both sides, the identification of fields of common interest such as floating offshore wind, and a better understanding of certification systems.

This event aims at supporting further cooperation between European and Japanese stakeholders in offshore wind. It will highlight existing partnerships, help companies from both sides to better know each other, and include a focus on two key topics: certification and conformity assessment of offshore wind technologies, and cost reduction of floating offshore wind.


Moderator: Mrs. Sonja van Renssen, Journalist, Managing Editor of Energy Monitor

Day 1 – Monday 26th April | 9:00-11:50 CET / 16:00-18:50 JST

Public policies and industrial development of offshore wind in the EU and Japan
Focus on certification and conformity assessment

Public policies and state of play of the offshore wind industry in Europe and Japan
  • Offshore wind strategy of the EU (tentative title) | European Commission, Directorate General for Energy – Mr. Florian Ermacora, Head of Unit Neighbourhood Policies and International Relations
  • Offshore wind strategy of Japan (tentative title) | Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan – Mr. Masaomi Koyama, Director of International Affairs, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Europe’s offshore wind industry today | WindEurope – Mr. Giles Dickson, CEO
  • Overview of the Japanese industry (tentative title) | JWPA
  • Q&A
Examples of EU-Japan business cooperation in offshore wind
  • Partnership at Choshi Offshore Wind Farm | Orsted – Mr. Andrew Ho, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, APAC New Markets
  • Offshore wind power initiatives in Europe | Sumitomo Corporation – M. Takashi Yanai, General Manager, Power Infrastructure Dept. 2
Solutions and technologies for offshore wind
  • Bearings used in wind turbines | NSK – Mr. Etsuro Irie, Wind Power & Large Machinery Engineering Department, Industrial Machinery Bearing Technology Center
  • Industrializing offshore wind | Siemens Gamesa – Mr. Peter J. H. Esmann, Sr. Product Manager
  • Offshore wind solution of Mitsubishi Electric (tentative title) | Mitsubishi Electric – M. Shunsuke Maeda, Energy System Solution Department, Energy System Strategy Promotion Section
  • Van Oord offshore wind in Japan | Van Oord – Mr. Koos van Oord, Director Offshore Wind Asia
Conformity assessment and certification of offshore wind technologies and components: challenges and opportunities for EU-Japan cooperation
  • Conformity assessment and certification of offshore wind in the EU (tentative title) | TÜV SÜD – Dr. Martin Webhofer, Business Unit Manager Green Energy & Sustainability
  • How project certification can support National Regulations with risk mitigation | DNV – Mr. Ben Waldron, Area Manager Taiwan and Japan, Energy Systems
  • Certification for wind turbines by ClassNK | ClassNK – Mr. Sadao Akahoshi, General Manager of Renewables and Environment Department
  • Toward the revitalization of the wind industry in Japan | JEMA – Mr. Jun Hashimoto, Technology Strategy Promotion Department
  • Conformity assessment of offshore wind power generation facilities | CDIT – Mr. Yusuke Fukunaga, Research Manager
  • Panel discussion – Conformity assessment and certification: Obstacle or enabler for EU-Japan cooperation in offshore wind?

Day 2 – Wednesday 28th April | 9:00-11:00 CET / 16:00-18:00 JST

Floating turbines: tapping into a new potential of offshore wind energy
Perspectives for cooperation and cost reduction

Floating offshore wind: partnerships and demonstrators in Europe and Japan
  • The TetraSpar Demo – A collaborative effort | Stiesdal Offshore Technologies – Mr. Henrik Stiesdal, CEO
  • JERA’s EU-Japan offshore wind partnerships | JERA – Mr. Satoshi Yajima, Managing Executive Officer, Senior Operating Officer, Business Development Department
  • Key learnings from developing floating offshore wind & Implications for Japan in Europe | Ocean Winds – Mr. Pelayo Rodriguez Alonso, Senior Business Development Manager
  • Floating offshore wind demonstrator in Japan (tentative title) | NEDO – Mr. Atsushi Sasaki, Wind Power & Ocean Group, New Energy Department
Floating offshore wind: solutions and technologies from Europe and Japan
  • BW Ideol’s floating offshore wind technology (tentative title) | BW Ideol – Mr. Bruno Geschier, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
  • Wind turbine floaters developed by JMU | JMU – Mr. Haruki Yoshimoto, Team Leader, Offshore Wind Development Team
  • 2 Bladed technology for floating wind turbines | 2-B Energy – Mr. Herbert Peels, CEO
  • Ropes for offshore wind facilities | Tokyo Rope – M. Toshiyuki Moriya, Head of Technical Development Division, Director of Research Institute and Vice President of Steel Wire and Cable Division
Floating offshore wind: bringing down the cost
  • Cost reduction for floating offshore wind: challenges and perspectives from Europe | WindEurope – Ms. Lizet Ramirez, Analyst
  • Cost effective floating offshore wind in Japan | GWEC – Mr. Henrik Stiesdal, Offshore Ambassador
  • Panel discussion on cost reduction perspectives for floating offshore wind
Conclusion of the 2-day workshop
  • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan – METI – M. Kosuke Yanagida, Chief of International Affairs Section, International Affairs Office, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • European Commission, Directorate General for Energy – Mr. Matthieu Craye, International Relations Officer
  • Mrs. Sonja van Renssen, Journalist, Managing Editor of Energy Monitor (moderator)

Information & Registration

  • Platform: Zoom
  • Language: English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
  • Access to this event is limited to companies and organizations from the EU and Japan
  • Registration is free
  • Registration deadline: Thursday 22nd April 12:00 JST [CLOSED]

Supported by

This event is organized with the financial support of the European Union’s Partnership Instrument. The opinions expressed are the sole responsibility of the organizer and speakers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

Organized by

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

Co-organized by

European Commission – DG ENER

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

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