Renewables: Health, Safety and Sustainability

Building renewables in a safe and sustainable way

EL LIVE Free Webinar | Renewables: Health, Safety and Sustainability
5 November 2020 - 14:00 - 15:15 GMT

A free webinar, held ahead of the 2021 conference, to discuss building renewables in a safe and sustainable way.

About the webinar:

Over the next decade and beyond, the UK and European Union will be taking significant steps towards developing a new energy economy. A wide range of renewable energy technologies will reshape the way we meet our energy requirements and will be a key contributor to individual country’s net zero targets.

Faced with the challenges of this rapid growth and development, we need to ensure the hazards to people, plants, and the environment are managed.

Equally, COVID-19 being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation in March 2020 has forced companies to reconsider how they operate – how do we maintain safety performance in a ‘socially distanced’ world?

During a series of webinars held this year and next before the event, we will be:

  • Providing information on health and safety performance in the renewables sector
  • Addressing ways to mitigate emerging risks and hazards by sharing best practices to ensure safe working for the industry and the communities in which they operate
  • Promoting a strong, sustainable, and continually improved health and safety culture


14:00 Welcome from the chair
Lisa Mallon, EHS Executive, Digital Services, GE Renewable Energy

14:10 Insights into EI’s G+ and SafetyOn
David Griffiths, Head of Safety, Health and Environment, SSE Renewables
Robert Evans, Director of EHS UK & IE, Siemens Gamesa

14:20 Building renewables in a safe and sustainable way

  • What are the key health, safety, and environmental (sustainability) issues renewable sectors face?
  • What is being done to address these?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted how HSE is managed in your sectors?
  • IBM GRAF and its use of cases for forecasting, outage prediction, vegetation management, probabilistic trading, emergency management, and more

Speakers include:
Vibeke Randegaard Talstad, Head of HSE, Projects Organization, Equinor
Hasse Andreasen, Head of HSE, Offshore, Ørsted
Dr David Gold, Chief Meteorologist, IBM Services, Weather and Climate Analytics CoC

14:50 Q&A

15:10 Summary from the chair and closing remarks
Lisa Mallon, EHS Executive, Digital Services, GE Renewable Energy

Renewables: Health, Safety and Sustainability 2021 Conference:

The use of renewable energy sources has dramatically increased over the last year - in the UK alone renewables has overtaken fossil fuels as the top source of electricity, with solar, wind, biomass and hydropower making up nearly 50% of the energy mix. Internationally, renewables have also expanded exponentially and will continue to do so, as lower prices mean that there's less barriers to ramp up their usage in the fight against climate change.

The key challenge facing the renewables industry going forward is to continue this growth on a fast-paced and large scale, whilst ensuring that health, safety and sustainability practices are not compromised.

Organisations will need to work hard to improve and maintain their health and safety performance, and ensure renewables are sustainable. This involves understanding the risks to workers, the wider public, the plants, and the environment, as well as assessing the long-term sustainability of different renewable technologies.

This conference will showcase best practice from across the globe and explore the latest research and guidance on building renewables. Technologies covered include solar, energy storage, onshore/offshore wind and energy from waste.

The climate emergency means that organisations cannot afford to be hesitant in replacing traditional forms of energy with renewables, therefore having robust health, safety and sustainability practices in place now is essential.

Bookings for the conference to open shortly.

2021 - date to be announced


Energy Institute

EI Knowledge Partner


Over the past decade and beyond, the global energy sector has made significant progress towards a new energy economy. A wide range of emerging energy technologies are expected to play an important role in reshaping the way we satisfy our energy requirements. The extent to which they do so, however, will depend fundamentally on their ability to be harnessed safely.

Sound health, safety and sustainability performance will be vital to the technologies’ ability to gain public, investor and wider industrial/commercial confidence.

During this conference we will be sharing international best practice to manage and control these hazards more effectively.

This conference will:

  • Bring the renewable energy community together
  • Demonstrate case studies on how to become safer and manage health, wellbeing, and sustainability
  • Raise awareness of global good practice and standards within the renewable sector
  • Provide opportunities to network and engage
  • Share insights that improve health, safety, and sustainability performance globally

Conference topics

  • Contractor engagement/management
  • Control room design
  • Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics
  • HF in Bowties
  • Leadership
  • Lone/remote working
  • Managing human performance
  • Multinational workforces
  • Safety culture
  • Shift work and fatigue
  • Health effects of fatigue
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Fitness standards
  • Working in different weather conditions
  • Manual handling
  • Occupational hygiene
  • Risks and hazards caused by natural disasters
  • Fire safety
  • Personal safety
  • Electrical
  • Contamination/pollution
  • Corrosion
  • Etc.
  • Learning from other industries
  • Trends in incident data by sector
  • key performance indicators
  • Case studies
  • Safety leadership
  • Process safety
  • Personal safety
  • Asset management
  • Emergency planning
  • Technologies that improve HSE - Digitalisation/Industry 4.0
  • Predictive analytics
  • Cyber security
  • Human rights
  • License to operate
  • Sharing sustainable development case studies, good practice (meeting sustainability goals)
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Using big data to monitor performance
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Decommissioning – Learning from other sectors
  • Skills and behaviour challenges and gaps in the renewable sector
  • Transferable skills from other sectors
  • Approaches to training and development
  • Developing leaders

Who should attend

Anyone working in the renewable energy generation industry, including:

Wind Wind
Solar Solar
Energy from waste Energy from waste
Hydro Hydro

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