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Launch: Philippines Offshore Wind Roadmap

April 20, 2022

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Philippines Offshore Wind Roadmap Launch
VIDEO Apr 20, 2022

  • The Philippines has immense offshore wind potential, with the World Bank estimating over 178 GW of technical offshore wind potential in the country. With a rapidly rising energy demand and goals to increase renewable energy shares to 50% in the country’s energy mix by 2040, offshore wind can play an important role in increasing energy security and decarbonisation efforts in the Philippines. Building up the country’s offshore wind market can also support the growth of many socioeconomic benefits including job creation, local economic growth, and low-cost sustainable energy.

    On April 20, 2022, the Philippines’ Department of Energy (DOE) and the World Bank Group, with funding from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), will be launching the first-ever Philippines Offshore Wind Roadmap which will lay out the potential and concrete next steps for developing a robust offshore wind industry in the Philippines. The roadmap launch will bring together stakeholders from across the public and private sector to discuss technical, economic, environmental, social, employment, and financing aspects of establishing the country’s offshore wind market.

    The event is open to the public with Q&A.





    Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Hon. Felix B. Fuentebella, Senior Undersecretary, Department of Energy, Philippines
    • Jie Tang, Practice Manager, Energy and Extractives Global Practice, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank 
    • Jean-Marc Arbogast, Country Manager-Philippines, IFC
    • H.E. Ambassador Laure Beaufils, British Ambassador to the Philippines 
    • H.E. Grete Sillasen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to the Philippines (Download presentation)



    Presentation of the Roadmap 

    • Mark Leybourne, co-lead of the World Bank Group's Offshore Wind Development Program
    • Maria Ayuso Olmedo, Energy Specialist, World Bank Group

    Download the presentation


    Q&A with the roadmap presenters will include: 
    • Mona Pettersen, Senior Consultant, BVG Associates
    • Feng Liu, Senior Energy Specialist, WBG
      Peter Burston, The Biodiversity Consultancy
      Hope Arandela Gericho, Infrastructure Specialist, World Bank Group
    • Charu Suri, Senior Investment Officer, IFC





    Technical session 1: A vision for industry development
    • Mark Hutchinson,  Chair – South East Asia Task Force, Global Wind Energy Council (Download presentation)


    Technical session 2: Spatial planning and safeguards -impacts, mitigations, ESIA requirements





    Technical session 3: Grid - strategic planning, integration of OSW variability, interconnectors



    Technical session 4: Financing and commercial risk



    Closing remarks

    • Maylene Capongcol, Director, Renewable Energy Management Bureau, Department of Energy, Philippines
     The event will be hosted by Alastair Dutton, Lead Consultant - Offshore Wind, World Bank Group
  • Jie Tang

    Jie Tang

    Practice Manager, Energy and Extractives Global Practice East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank

    Jie Tang is in charge of the Bank’s energy programs covering 26 countries in East Asia and Pacific Region. He joined the World Bank in 2001 as a Young Professional and has recently held the positions of Lead Energy Specialist, Program Leader for energy/transport/ICT, and Practice Manager. Before joining the World Bank, he worked for 15 years on China Three Gorges Dam Project, at various technical and managerial positions including senior power engineer, Division Director for mechanical and electrical engineering and the assistant to the Vice Chairman of the State Council Three Gorges Project Committee. He holds a BSc in Electric Engineering from the Hydropower College of Wuhan University, China in 1985, and a MBA from University of Cambridge, England in 2001.

    Laure Baeufils

    H.E. Laure Beaufils

    British Ambassador to the Philippines

    Laure Beaufils is currently the British Ambassador to the Philippines and Palau. She was the Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa of the Department of International Development from 2019 to 2021 and the Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria from 2017 to 2019. Previously she was the head of the UK Department of International Development in Rwanda from August 2014 to February 2017. In this capacity, she managed a $100 million portfolio of programmes focusing on economic development, governance and social sectors. Prior to holding this position, she worked in various positions in the UK government.

    Grete Sillasen

    H.E. Grete Sillasen

    Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to the Philippines

    Ambassador Grete Sillasen has dedicated her career to international relations, starting out with three postings for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has been with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1994 and has held various senior positions in Copenhagen and abroad. Prior to her appointment as ambassador to the Philippines, she was ambassador to Argentina with cross accreditations to Paraguay and Uruguay. Ambassador Sillasen holds a Master’s degree in Law (LL.M.) from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

    Mark Leybourne

    Mark Leybourne

    Co-Lead World Bank Group's Offshore Wind Development Program

    Mark is the co-lead of the World Bank Group’s Offshore Wind Development Program. He is part of the ESMAP (Energy Sector Management Program) team within the World Bank and has worked in the offshore renewable energy sector for the past 13 years. He is also part of the team delivering ESMAP’s Green Hydrogen Program, with a particular focus on integration with offshore wind. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked in an international consultancy, where he was leading engineering and environmental advisory teams on the design and planning of offshore wind projects. He has extensive experience in supporting the development of new offshore wind markets, having worked with the governments of: China, India, Sri Lanka, Korea, Azerbaijan, Taiwan, Turkey, Jersey, and Barbados, to help establish supportive policies and undertake feasibility studies. Mark has a PhD in Offshore Renewable Energy and a degree in Aerospace Engineering, both from the University of Southampton, UK.


    Maria Ayuso Olmedo

    Energy Specialist, World Bank

    After joining the Energy and Extractives General Practice of the World Bank in 2016, Maria has worked for the Western Africa, Eastern Europe and East Asia and Pacific regions managing projects and providing advisory services on renewable energy, energy efficiency, electromobility and access to electricity. Before the World Bank, Maria worked for the International Renewable Energy Agency at the Innovation and Technology Centre, where she worked on renewable energy innovation policies. Maria holds a Bachelors degree on chemical engineering and a masters degree in energy engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm.

    Mark Hutchinson

    Mark Hutchinson

    Chair–South East Asia Task Force, GWEC

    Mark Hutchinson is the chair of the Southeast Asia Task Force for the Global Wind Energy Council. Mark works with the GWEC members in Asia and globally to represent the wind industry in policy and regulatory discussions across the region. GWEC convenes both in-person and virtual meetings with key stakeholders, providing fact-based analysis and guidance to help shape policies that affect the wind industry. Mark is a trained economist with a masters in public policy from Harvard University in energy regulation.

    Tim Norman

    Tim Norman

    UK Country Director, NIRAS

    Tim has advised on the planning and consenting of offshore wind farms for more almost 20 years and has particular expertise in the strategic, plan-level assessment of impacts on biodiversity and nature conservation interests. He has coordinated, on behalf of The Crown Estate (UK), the plan-level Round 3 Appropriate Assessment and has advised and overseen subsequent plan-level Habitats Regulations Assessments for Round 4 and now the first floating offshore wind round proposed in the Celtic Sea. He is Project Director for the La Gan offshore wind farm ESIA, a 3.5GW scheme proposed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam.

    Ruud Kempener

    Ruud Kempener

    Deputy Head of Unit - Renewables and Energy System Integration Policy, DG Energy, European Commission

    Ruud Kempener coordinates the Commission’s strategies on hydrogen and energy system integration, and leads a team that works on EU hydrogen policies, renewables financing, and international cooperation activities on renewables.

    Duncan Burt

    Duncan Burt

    Chief Sustainability Officer, National Grid Group

    Duncan leads the National Grid Group’s engagement in decarbonisation and climate change. Duncan was Director of Operations for the UK electricity and gas transmission grids until May 2020 when he took up the post of Director of COP26 and Responsible Business. He has held a variety of commercial and engineering roles at National Grid. Prior to joining the company, he worked in Pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline. National Grid is one of the largest listed utilities in the world, with operations in the UK and the US.

    Barbara Zuiderwijk

    Barbara Zuiderwijk

    Founder, Green Giraffe

    Barbara is a founder of Green Giraffe. Green Giraffe is a specialist advisory firm focused on renewable energy. Barbara has a strong track record in the contracting and financing of onshore and (offshore) wind farms in Northern Europe. Barbara supported the development, contracting, and (re)financing of many offshore wind projects across Europe. Barbara has been supporting consortia participating in several European offshore wind tenders as well as having been involved in other technologies such as the ground-mounted solar farm Duurkenakker. Barbara is currently involved in raising financing for a portfolio of projects that combine on-site renewable energy generation with electric vehicle charging infrastructure and battery storage. Before founding Green Giraffe, Barbara worked at the project developer Econcern, and as investment banking trainee at ABN AMRO. Barbara is recognised in the top 100 most influential female business leaders in the 2021 Women in Power list.

    Tim Meaney

    Tim Meaney

    Country Head-Philippines, UK Export Finance

    Tim Meaney is Country Head of UK Export Finance (UKEF) for Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia based in Manila. UKEF established its presence in the Philippines in April 2021. Prior to this Tim was based in Hong Kong for over 20 years leading Structured Finance Teams for international banks. Tim has been involved in Philippine project finance transactions for over 20 years across sectors such as power generation, water concessions and toll road developments and aircraft finance.