Pandemic forces WindEnergy Hamburg move to December


WindEnergy Hamburg, the global on & offshore wind event, has been postponed to December 1-4, 2020, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and its global impact on major events and international travel.

“Unfortunately, it is currently difficult to predict the future development of COVID-19 and its consequences for large-scale international events planned for September 2020,” said Bernd Aufderheide, president and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress. “We are therefore postponing WindEnergy Hamburg to the end of the year. By doing so, we hope to give our exhibitors and visitors a more reliable basis for their planning. We are delighted we have been able to identify a new timeframe for the fair.”

Following intense consultations with the exhibitor advisory board, Hamburg Messe und Congress and its co-organizer WindEurope as well as the partners GWEC, VDMA, and BWE, agreed on the new dates. Originally, WindEnergy Hamburg was scheduled for September 22-25, 2020.

Just like previous years, WindEnergy Hamburg 2020 will maintain its traditional high standards, but it will also include new, digital formats. (Courtesy: Hamburg Messe und Congress/Stephan Wallocha)

Hamburg Messe und Congress and its co-organizer WindEurope are planning to adapt the event concept. A roundtable meeting will be held for this purpose with health authorities and health & safety executives of selected exhibitors to guarantee a maximum level of safety and the best possible outcome for the fair.

“The big ambitions of the EU Green Deal and the economic recovery plans Europe is putting in place now make 2020 a pivotal year for the energy transition,” said Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope. “We are pleased our joint event WindEnergy Hamburg will still go ahead this year. The further expansion of wind energy is central to the Green Deal and will deliver jobs and investments needed for recovery. Meeting in Hamburg, a key hub for our industry and when Germany has the Presidency of the EU will be the perfect time and place to show that the wind industry is ready to deliver.”

“WindEnergy Hamburg 2020 will not only maintain its traditional high standards but also include new, digital formats,” Aufderheide said. “Parts of the conference and trade fair will be prepared as digital or hybrid offers. This will enable us to explore new pathways through this crisis. We look forward to welcoming the wind industry to Hamburg in December.”