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Offshore Wind Safety and Sustainability Governance






Sept 16 - 17, 2024


Virtual (Live)

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Offshore Wind Safety and Sustainability Governance

This course outline covers a comprehensive range of topics related to Offshore Wind Safety and

Sustainability Governance, providing participants with a deeper understanding of the subject matter and practical insights for real-world applications. This course will cover a brief history of Offshore Wind in the US and explain the key challenges in the industry. The developmental aspects of Offshore Safety Management Systems and the related aspects of Sustainability and Governance make up the bulk of the information provided in this course.

Course Objectives: 

  • Understand the key challenges facing the US offshore wind industry.

  • Understand the recognized structure of governance for an SMS.

  • Explain how to demonstrate the functionality of an SMS.

  • Know the fundamentals regarding Performance Based Regulations.

  • Define the process of EHS Regulatory Compliance in OSW.

  • Describe ESG fundamental requirements, benefits, challenges, and trends.

  • Know the specific ESG metrics and their pros and cons.

  • Understand the overview of the ESG reporting frameworks principles and their applicability.

  • Explain the importance of the social aspects of ESG and relevant difficulties in reporting.

Who should attend:

This course is designed for those at or above the supervisory level in an OSW company involved in either/or the development or operation of a WEA.

  • Environmental Managers and Directors

  • Health and Safety Managers and Directors

  • Permitting Managers

  • Development Directors

  • Regulatory Compliance Specialists and Managers

  • Public Outreach Specialists

  • Risk Management Specialists

  • Graduate Interns

Course Outline

Section 1: Historical Development and Growth of US Offshore Wind

Section 2: Current Global Offshore Wind Energy Capacity

Section 3: Key Challenges and Risks in Offshore Wind Projects

Section 4: Importance of Safety and Sustainability in Offshore Wind Projects

Section 5: International Safety Standards and US Regulations

Section 6: Key Features of Performance-Based Regulations

Section 7: Implementing SMS in Offshore Wind Projects

Section 8: Continuous Improvement and Lessons Learned

Section 9: Suitability Governance, Assessment and Monitoring

Section 10: Environmental, Social and Governance

Section 11: ESG Benefits for Businesses

Section 12: Key ESG and Sustainability Trends

Section 13: Metrics for Measuring ESG Performance

Section 14: ESG Reporting Frameworks Explained and Compared

Section 15: Addressing the Social Factor of ESG

Course Instructor

Mark Marien

Mark Marien is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of global experience in business development, safety compliance, training, and management systems. A graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, he holds a Doctorate in Integrated Health Sciences and an MBA in Project Management. As a former Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserve, Mark served as Director of QHSE for Avangrid's Offshore Wind Business, contributing significantly to industry initiatives. Based between Jacksonville, FL, and Westminster, MA, Mark is committed to advancing EHS and Sustainability roles and is a valuable contributor to the American Offshore Wind Academy.

The course outline is subject to change and a detailed agenda will be shared after enrollment.

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