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[IMPACT Webinar]
Sailing to the Future: Cultivating Resilient and Sustainable Supply Chains in Australia’s Wind Energy Development

[Impact Webinar] Sailing to the Future: Cultivating Resilient and Sustainable Supply Chains in Australia’s Wind Energy Development

Live on March 4th, the IMPACT Webinar explored fortifying Australia's wind supply chains, with participation from industry stakeholders SLR Consulting, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Scottish Development International, Latrobe Valley Authority, KIMAenergy, DIRECT Infrastructure, and DLA Piper. Together, we delved into strategies for integrating cross-sector capabilities and fostering innovation, propelling Australia to the forefront of the global wind energy landscape.

Event Timestamp:

00:02:50 - 00:31:00 | [Keynote] Unlocking Wind Energy Potential: Policy and Regulatory Frameworks for Australia
Ms. Astrid Ruban, Principal Consultant - Social Performance, SLR Consulting

00:31:35 - 00:49:55 | [Keynote] Supply Chain Roadmap for Offshore Wind Energy in the United States
Mr. Matt Shields, Senior Offshore Wind Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory - U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

00:50:28 - 01:18:40 | [Keynote] Scotland's Offshore Wind Revolution: Lessons and Best Practices for Australia
Dr. April Kelly, Country Head and Inward Investment Lead for Australia and New Zealand, Scottish Development International 

01:19:15 - 02:03:25 | [Strategic Roundtable] Cultivating Resilient Supply Chains for Australia's Booming Wind Industry
Mr. Jack Brumpton, Partner, DLA Piper - Moderator

Ms. Bodye Darvill, Director Emerging Industries, Latrobe Valley Authority

Ms. Kimberly Cram, Co-founder, KIMAenergy

Mr. Ashley McDonald, Director - Ports and Maritime, DIRECT Infrastructure 

Key Takeaways:

1. Wind Energy Transition in Australia Faces Policy and Structural Hurdles
Australia's wind energy transition encounters multifaceted challenges, spanning policy, structural, social, and unexpected hurdles. These include slow government processes, disparities in policies between states and the federal level, local content mandates, infrastructure needs, community concerns, and disruptions in global supply chains. To surmount these obstacles and facilitate regulatory efficiency, strategies include accelerating project approvals, drawing insights from global models such as the bipartisan endorsement of wind energy in the UK, nurturing regional collaborations, involving Indigenous communities, and enhancing regulatory frameworks.

2. Navigating Offshore Wind Goals: Investing in Domestic Supply Chains
Establishing a domestic supply chain necessitates an investment of tens of billions of dollars, yet it holds the potential to facilitate the construction of hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of offshore wind energy projects and the creation of tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. Despite the challenges of de-risking early stage investments in supply chain resources and coordinating with stakeholders, the process can simplify offshore wind project construction and improve cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, integrating local communities into decision-making processes enhances fairness and streamlines supply chain development.

3. Key Focus Areas for Offshore Wind Development: Insights from Scotland

  • Addressing gaps in supply chain capability and capacity to meet project demands.

  • Coordination among developers within a collaborative framework.

  • Securing adequate port space for assembly and manufacturing.

  • Maintaining investor confidence through stable regulations and clear market signals.

  • Mitigating contracting risks and margins demands through careful management.

  • Navigating market competition requires strategic positioning and innovation.

4. Charting Australia's Offshore Wind Journey: Addressing Challenges and Harnessing Potential

  • Skill Transfer and Policy Support: Australia possesses the potential to transfer skills from its offshore oil and gas industry to the emerging offshore wind energy sector. However, clear national-level policies are imperative to attract investors and stakeholders and to support the growing offshore wind industry.

  • Port Capacity and Supply Chain Challenges: Despite the potential, Australia currently faces a lack of sufficient port capacity for offshore wind development. While some ports show promise for expansion, challenges such as long manufacturing cycles for offshore wind vessels and supply chain risks highlight the necessity for early risk assessment and stakeholder collaboration.

  • Renewable Energy Transition and Social Acceptance: The transition to renewable energy requires meticulous labor planning and collaboration with local industries. Social acceptance and the activation of local skills are crucial for project success. International collaboration and regional leadership play pivotal roles in facilitating this transition.

Insights Brought to You by:

Matt Shields


Senior Offshore Wind Analyst

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States

Bodye Darvill

Director Emerging Industries

Latrobe Valley Authority

Ashley McDonald

Director - Ports and Maritime

DIRECT Infrastructure

Astrid Ruban

Principal Consultant - Social Performance

SLR Consulting

April Kelly

Country Head and Inward Investment Lead for Australia and New Zealand

Scottish Development International

Kimberly Cram M.B.E.



Jack Brumpton


DLA Piper


Kayla Shi

Content Analyst

Leader Associates

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