Chair’s Statement

Another year of successes

It is with a mixture of great pride and gratitude to the many people involved with Global Wind Organisation, that I share with you our 2021 Annual Report.
Paul Robbins
Chair GWO Executive Committee,
Chief H&S Specialist, Vestas

Our association has matured and established a lasting position within the wind industry’s workforce and industrial supply chain. Together with our membership, training provider and certification body network, we have continued to advance standards for safety so that our colleagues who construct, install, operate, and maintain wind energy assets can return home to their families wherever they are in the world.

Our shared confidence in the value of safety standards has been vindicated during 2021 on several levels. Rapid growth in training capacity across the Americas and Asia Pacific has seen the global share of training in markets outside Europe rise to 31% of the total.

However, we remain humble, and accountable to the fact we have fallen short of the end of year target, defined in the 2020-2022 Strategy ‘Safety without Borders’, to train 150,000 people by the end of 2021 but still increased numbers by 22% on 2020 to train 122,000. Nevertheless, we keep our eyes on the road ahead with a stretch target of 200,000 by the end of 2022. 

With that challenge in full view, it is reassuring GWO can call upon a deep well of experience from the champions and experts at our respective member organisations. Together, they collaborate in our four committees: Audit & Compliance, pushing quality assurance to new levels; Training prioritising new standards and keeping existing courses fit for purpose; while the North American and China Committees stimulate demand and global recognition, ensuring safety standards are for everyone.  

We continue to welcome new members who share our values. In the past twelve months, Chinese manufacturer CRRC Windpower and owner/operators Enel Green Power and Cubico Sustainable Investments have joined. Their participation drives new certifications in the training provider community and assures all stakeholders that GWO standards will be universally recognised. I call upon all potential members to join GWO and show your support for safety.

Now, having completed my term as Chair of the GWO Executive Committee, this commentary is one of my final responsibilities. Following a vote at our Annual General Meeting on 24th March 2022, we will welcome a new Chair and I would like to offer my very best wishes to whomever succeeds me.

On a personal note, I step down on what I consider to be a pinnacle. I was part of the original handful of individuals behind the first GWO standards who little imagined that we would be celebrating the organisation’s 10th anniversary in 2022. I reflect on my decade in GWO with great pride. We have been on an incredible journey together building the strength of squad in place today. GWO has stayed true to its principles, its mission and is in safe hands ready to look forward to its second decade of success.

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We continue to welcome new members who share our values. In the past twelve months, Chinese manufacturer CRRC Windpower and owner/operators Enel Green Power and Cubico Sustainable Investments have joined. Their participation drives new certifications in the training provider community and assures all stakeholders that GWO standards will be universally recognised. I call upon all potential members to join GWO and show your support for safety.