World leader in wind energy commits to GWO standards
Wind energy leader Iberdrola has today joined Global Wind Organisation, reinforcing the industry’s effort to strive towards an injury free working environment.
With several thousand employees worldwide, over 15 GW of wind energy installed and a footprint in key markets across Europe, North and South America, Iberdrola will commit to using GWO standards for its workforce where appropriate and will contribute directly to their development going forward.
GWO members like Iberdrola collaborate to develop and set minimum standards for safety and technical training. The training itself is delivered by a growing network of more than 320 independent GWO certified training providers in 40+countries around the world. 83,890 people had a valid GWO training record by 30 June 2019.
José Ramón Ferradas, Global Director for Health and Safety at Iberdrola said: “Iberdrola has an established global safety management system and in addition to our own proprietary training requirements, many of our employees and contractors already train to GWO standards as these are commercially available worldwide.
“By joining Global Wind Organisation, Iberdrola can make a meaningful contribution to our industry’s safety culture, helping to embed safe work practices in established regions while encouraging the adoption of basic minimumstandards in emerging markets.”
Eloy Jauregui, Safety Director of Acciona Energía and Chair of Global Wind Organisation said:
“I am delighted to welcome Iberdrola to GWO. Its global presence complements our mission to strive for an injury free working environment in wind energy. As one of the sector’s largest employers, becoming a part of our organisation demonstrates how seriously Iberdrola takes its role as a global leader in safety. The industry and its workforce should take huge encouragement from this endorsement in GWO standards to know that by collaborating, we can create a safer and more productive workforce.”
Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number one producer of wind power, and one of the world's biggest electricity utilities by market capitalisation. The company supplies almost 100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the United Kingdom (Scottish Power), the United States (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy and France. With a workforce of 34,000 and assets in excess of €113bn, it achieved a turnover of €35bn and a net profit of €3bn in 2018.
Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, offering the most advanced products and services to its customers. With its commitment to clean energy, it is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to the fight against climate change and for sustainability.
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