What is it?
Our seas and oceans offer a vast renewable energy resource, particularly, but not only, along the Atlantic seaboard. Ocean energy technologies are currently being developed to exploit the potential of tides and waves as well as differences in temperature and salinity.
Why EU-level action?
The development of this emerging sector would not only help us to achieve our renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction targets, but it could fuel economic growth through innovation and create new, high-quality jobs.
The EU already supports technology development through its research programme. In its Blue Growth communication of September 2012, the Commission announced that it would assess further options and deliver a proposal for action in 2013.
- Communication from the Commission: Blue Growth opportunities for marine and maritime sustainable growth [85 KB] All available translations.
- Ocean wave energy: Technology Information Sheet
- EU ocean energy research agenda
- Ocean energy e-learning tool
- Public consultation on ocean energy
Commission welcomes Parliament support for better maritime planning
The European Parliament voted today to support the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) – a cornerstone policy of the EU's Blue Growth agenda.
Fisheries and aquaculture stakeholders explore the benefits of Maritime Spatial Planning
On 15 November 2013, the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) organised a workshop on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and fisheries and aquaculture in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Echanges sur le Port de pêche du Futur
Discours de Lowri Evans, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, 29 novembre 2013