EU-Taiwan Offshore Wind Power Certification Seminar
Taipei, 14 March
The European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) – under the framework of the European Business and Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) programme – co-hosted the “EU-Taiwan Offshore Wind Power Certification Seminar” with the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA. The event gathered 200 participants from Europe and Taiwan, which included governmental officials and companies from Europe and Taiwan. Two officials from the European Union were invited to make presentations. Mr Jan Steinkohl, representing the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, presented the EU’s Wind Power Policies and the Development of Guarantees of Origin (GOs), and Mr Dónal Cannon, representing the European Investment Bank, shared a presentation on the investment and financing of renewable energy in Europe. European companies from Germany, Norway, and the UK also shared their experiences on the investment, certification, surveys and risk management of wind power projects.  

The seminar brought together 19 European and Taiwanese experts from the public and private sectors to share their experiences on four topics, which included: investment and financing issues in renewable energy, offshore wind project certification, due diligence for offshore wind power, and marine warranty surveys and marine operation risk management. The event was held to increase mutual understanding about the issues related to wind power certification.

Ms Madeleine Majorenko, Head of EETO and Ms Wang Mei-Hua (王美花), Vice Minister, Ministry of Economic Affairs delivered opening remarks at the seminar. In her remarks, Ms Majorenko stated that for more than two decades, the European Union has been at the forefront of global renewable energy deployment. The adoption of long-term targets and supporting policy measures has resulted in strong growth in renewable energy consumption across the region. The EU is currently on track to meet its 20% target established for 2020. Offshore wind energy continues to grow more indispensable to Europe’s energy mix. 

Europe remains the undisputed leader in offshore wind. The EU and Taiwan share a mutual interest in developing offshore wind energy in Taiwan. While Taiwan has committed to become the Asian front runner in offshore wind energy, Europe is ready to offer its expertise and know-how to emerging high-potential markets like Taiwan. The maturation of the European offshore industry will greatly benefit Taiwan. European companies will also be able to collaborate with the regional supply chain combined with technology adapted to local conditions and an experienced workforce.

The morning session started with two keynote presentations: Mr Jan Steinkohl, Policy Officer of Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission presented the EU’s Wind Power and the Development of Guarantees of Origins (GOs), and Dr Pei-Tat Long, Engineer, Metal Industries Research and Development Centre (MIRD) presented the offshore wind energy development policy in Taiwan. Following the keynote presentations, four experts spoke on Topic 1: investment and financing issues in renewable energy. They included Mr Dónal Cannon, Head of Regional Presentation for South Asia, European Investment Bank; Ms Eleana Yip (葉麗明), Team Head, Cathay United Bank; Mr Olivier Rousselet, Country Manager Taiwan, BNP Paribas Taipei Branch, and Mr Allan Baker, Managing Director and Global Head of Power, Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking. The morning session was concluded with a fruitful panel discussion featuring four speakers on the first topic. 

In the first afternoon session, European and Taiwanese experts gave presentations on three topics. On Topic 2, Offshore Wind Project Certification, the Moderator, Dr Tsui Hai-Ping (崔海平), Assistant Professor, National Central University, led the three panelists: Mr Chiu Sin-Hau (邱信豪), Assistant Chief, Metal Industries Research and Development Centre (MIRDC); Ms Ying Er Marianna Mo, Business Development Manager, DNV GL, and Ms Madeleine Schmidt, Managing Director, Integrity ms2 GmbH for several rounds of discussion on certification issues. The session on Topic 3, Due Diligence for Offshore Wind Power, was moderated by Mr Chen Yen-Haw (陳彥豪), Deputy Director, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) and featured presentations by three panelists: Mr Lucas Lin (林雍堯), President, Swancor Renewable Energy Co., Ltd; Mr Simon Cox, Head of Offshore Projects, DNV GL and Mr Feng Chih-Wei (馮熾煒), Director, Transaction Advisory Services, EY Transaction Advisory Services Inc. Taiwan. 

The session on Topic 4 on the subject of Marine Warranty Survey and Marine Operation Risk Management was led by the moderator Mr Jhan Yu-Ti (詹育禔), Director, CR Classification Society (CR) and featured four panelists: Mr Cheng Wei-Yuan (程維淵), Surveyor/ Project Manager, CR Classification Society (CR), Captain Mike Frampton, LOC Renewables, and Mr Clive Lin (林彥碩), Chief Technical Officer, AON Taiwan. All three topics encouraged lively and informative panel discussions and interactive Q&A sessions with the audience. 
Mr Liou Ming-Jong (劉明忠), Director General, Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs, gave the final remarks to close the full-day event.