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On June 8-12, 2015, SGS attended the 14th World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) in Bucharest, Romania, and showcase its comprehensive services portfolio for renewable energy.

The 14th World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) has taken place under the theme "Clean energy for a sustainable development”. The Congress was organised by WREN – World Renewable Energy, in cooperation with University "Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romanian Academy, and University of Civil Engineering Bucharest.

SGS, the only inspection, testing, certification and verification company present at the congress, held a presentation on policy, finance and education. The presentation entitled “Risk management during the life cycle of a renewable energy project” was presented by Mrs. Mihaela Sarbu. This was a good opportunity to introduce the comprehensive SGS services portfolio for renewable energy with a focus on the wind and solar sector.

To ensure the success of every project, effective risk management is vital in every phase. SGS offers a comprehensive range of risk management and assessment services supporting a structured approach to manage risk at every stage of the renewable energy project from the very early stage, starting with design, planning, purchasing, execution, and commissioning up to operation and maintenance as well as decommissioning.

Romania has had one of the most dynamic growths in renewable energy in the last four years, reaching 4000 MW, of which 2500 MW is in wind energy and about 1500 MW in solar energy. Although investment in renewable energy has stagnated in 2015, due to changes in the Romanian government’s incentive policy, i.e. reduction and/or postponement of green certificates, the renewable energy sector is still a business with growth potential in the near future.

SGS’s participation in this renewable energy event, profiles the company as a competent, reliable service provider and a solid, trustworthy partner for both lenders and owners.

During the five days of the event, more than 250 speakers from every continent, representing environmental agencies, non- profit organization, state regulators, universities, research institution, manufacturers, consultants, experts in renewable energy sources, introduced their experience in the implementation of renewable technologies, results of years of research, as well as EU energy policy, and international trends in the energy sector. Presentations on new innovation theories and technologies were given. World-class speakers from academic and research institutions emphasized the increasing role of renewable energy in achieving the objectives of an world independent of conventional energy. It was stated that on a European level, that by 2050 85% of energy consumption, both electrical and thermal, is expected to come from renewable energy sources.

SGS Renewable Energy Services

From initial construction to on-going operation and maintenance of valuable assets, SGS experts identify assets and manage risk associated with project cost, scheduling, safety and performance. With over 50 years of experience in providing comprehensive testing, analysis and risk management, superior SGS services conducted by skilled SGS professionals have a significantly positive impact on productivity. Experts at the SGS Risk Competence Center ensure that SGS services exceed required compliance standards of any country in which a project is undertaken or an asset is operated.

SGS services address the entire life span of wind farms and solar plants in Romania and include technical and environmental due diligence, project management, construction supervision according to national regulations, health and safety coordination according to specific Romanian regulations, pre-and final commissioning tests, inspection during operation, end-of-warranty inspections and final decommissioning, dismantling and disposal.

About WREN

WREN is a major non-profit organization registered in the United Kingdom with charitable status and actively cooperating with: all UN Agencies, the EU, ISESCO, EWEA, EPIA, ISES, AFORE, UK-REA and MASDAR. WREN is one of the most effective organizations in supporting and enhancing the utilization and implementation of renewable energy sources that are both environmentally safe and economically sustainable. This is done through a worldwide network of agencies, laboratories, institutions, companies and individuals, all working together towards the international diffusion of renewable energy technologies and applications. Representing most countries in the world, it aims to promote the communication and technical education of scientists, engineers, technicians and managers in this field and to address itself to the energy needs of both developing and developed countries.

For further information, please contact:

Mihaela Sarbu
Diplom Engineer
SGS Romania SA
4 Bucharest, 38 Calea Serban Voda,
code: 040212
t: +4021 3354683
f: +40213354620
www.sgs.com/renewables

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.