WWEA and International Windship Association unite to promote uptake of wind technology in shipping

The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has today announced a key strategic partnership with the International Windship Association (IWSA) in order to further promote the uptake of wind technology by the global shipping fleet.


WWEA is a not-for-profit organisation with over 600-member organisations across 100 countries. The Association promotes the deployment of wind energy technology around the world, and, as founding member of the REN Alliance and the Global100%RE Platform, is working towards full substitution of all polluting and hazardous waste causing energies.

IWSA, also a not-for-profit organisation, unites over 30 commercial wind propulsion technology providers and projects supported by numerous universities, research and testing organisations and other associates. Formed in 2014 by an active core of members, the Association has grown quickly in both membership and impact.

As part of the joint force for wind energy technology promotion the associations will facilitate an exchange of non-executive board members. The WWEA will contribute decades of experience in driving industry transition and taking advantage of the power of wind energy technology in an effort to urgently trying to plot the commercial course towards full decarbonisation. The IWSA, in parallel, will continue to bring together all parties in the development of a wind-ship sector to shape industry and government attitudes and policies.

The Associations’ first collaborative steps will be taken during the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) summit in Bonn, Germany next month. Secretary General of IWSA, Gavin Allwright will sit on the opening panel at the Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase GRESS, 7 November at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle of the Federal Republic of Germany (KAH) in Bonn, Germany. Also during UNFCCC COP23, WWEA will support the ‘Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ summit on 13 November. This highly impactful shipping decarbonisation event is being co-organised by IWSA along with a number of key stakeholders in the shipping industry.

IWSA Secretary General, Gavin Allwright comments: “The WWEA brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about the challenges of scaling renewable technology. Collaborating with the WWEA team on joint projects enables IWSA to accelerate uptake of this abundantly available, free-to-use energy source into the maritime sector. Our members are eager share experiences to promote wind energy around the world. With WWEA support, we see a great future for the development and uptake of wind technology in the commercial fleet.”

WWEA Secretary General, Stefan Gsänger comments: “We are delighted to form this collaborative relationship with IWSA, whose approach and activities fit squarely with WWEA’s objectives to promote wind energy in all sectors. Shipping is certainly an area that will greatly benefit from the uptake of wind power and we look forward to working closely with IWSA to make that happen faster and at scale.”

The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)

WWEA is an international non-profit association embracing the wind sector worldwide, with more than 600 members in around 100 countries. WWEA works for the promotion and worldwide deployment of wind energy technology.

– WWEA provides a platform for the communication of all wind energy actors worldwide.
– WWEA advises and influences national governments and international organisations.
– WWEA enhances international technology transfer.
The International Windship Association (IWSA)

The International Windship Association (IWSA) is a not-for-profit association bringing together technology providers, designers, naval architects, academics and NGO’s to facilitate and promote wind propulsion solutions for commercial shipping worldwide. This member driven association aims to bring together all parties in the development of a wind-ship sector to shape industry and Government attitudes and policies.



About the ‘Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ Summit

The Ambition 1.5oC: Shipping’s Global Action Plan summit will be held on November 13 in Bonn, Germany. The focus of the summit is the creation of an Action Plan for how the shipping industry can embrace the power of the possible to meet the high ambition climate change target of limiting global temperatures to 1.5oC, as indicated in the Paris Agreement, has catalysed the need for a business-focused approach that pushes ahead of regulatory mechanisms.

Following the summit, a briefing document will be delivered to UNFCCC delegates, National delegation focal points, the UNFCCC secretariat and all relevant national policy makers to influence discussions around shipping transportation at the core COP23 proceedings. This briefing document will provide a summary of the main challenges and opportunities of shipping industry decarbonisation, the high ambition approaches agreed at the summit and a copy of the draft Action Plan created.

Ambition 1.5oC: Shipping’s Global Action Plan has been officially endorsed by a jury consisting of the UNFCCC partners; the incoming Fijian Presidency of COP23, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the City of Bonn and is an official Climate Partner for COP23.

Co-organisers of ‘Ambition 1.5oC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ include Lloyd’s Register, MAN Diesel & Turbo, RightShip, MARIKO, Danish Shipping, International Windship Association (IWSA) and Green Ship of the Future. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), Carbon War Room and UMAS/UCL are acting as advisors. The event organising committee is The Blue Green Events Company, Mantour Consultancy and Smart Green Shipping Alliance (SGSA).

About the Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase GRESS

Since the climate treaty of Paris, renewable energies have become a central focus of the UN Climate Conference. During the COP23, the renewable energy industry will present its solutions in the context of a stand-alone event against the COP23 delegates, including many decision-makers from governments, international organizations and NGOs.