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.
Ocean energy forum
The European Commission has developed a two-step action plan to support this emerging sector. In the first phase (2014 – 2016), an Ocean energy forum will be set up.
- Communication from the Commission: Blue Energy - Action needed to deliver on the potential of ocean energy in European seas and oceans by 2020 and beyond
- Executive summary of the impact assessment [64 KB] All available translations.
- Impact assessment [3 MB] All available translations.
- 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
- All news (press releases, speeches, etc)
- Commission sets out an action plan to support the development of blue energy (20/01/2014)
- Questions and Answers on an action plan to support the development of blue energy (20/01/2014)
- Links to EU and international organisations
Call for tenders MARE/2014/02 - Services in support of fisheries and aquaculture monitoring and evaluation under the EMFF 2014–2020 — FAME
Deadline: 9 January 2015
Making Blue Growth Happen in the Mediterranean
Speech by Lowri Evans at Blue Day opening session - an event organised by the Italian Presidency and the European Commission, Augusta, Sicily, 30 October 2014
Maritime Spatial Planning Conference Series: 4 Coastal and Maritime Tourism, 27 November 2014
The 4th event of the Maritime Spatial Planning conference series will be dedicated to coastal and maritime tourism. It will take place on 27 November 2014 in Venice, Italy.