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Marine Renewable Energy

Marine Renewable Energy is a significant contributor to mitigating climate change by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. Our Working Group on Marine Renewable Energy (2009-2010) developed a vision calling for an integrated planning and implementation framework, based on sound scientific and management principles, to underpin the development of a suitable renewable ocean energy (ROE) industry in Europe by 2020.

Output

Vision Document 2, Marine Renewable Energy (October 2010)


Background

Marine renewable energy can be a significant contributor towards a low-carbon economy. Not only can it help to substantially reduce our greenhouse gas emission but it can also offer compelling results in terms of energy security and job creation.

On 23 January 2008 the European Commission put forward a far-reaching package of proposals that will deliver on the European Union's ambitious commitments to fight climate change and promote renewable energy up to 2020 and beyond. In December 2008 the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the package that will help transform Europe into a low-carbon economy and increase its energy security. The EU is committed by 2020 to reducing its overall emissions to at least 20% below 1990 levels and to increasing the share of renewable in energy use to 20%.

This means that an important and sustained Research and Development (R&D) effort would be engaged in the next decade (2010- 2020) by the energy and offshore research communities together with the industry.


Objectives

  • Highlighting the potential of renewable ocean energy for Europe and Identify the challenges and opportunities this represents
  • Identifying the research and policy needs to realize this potential
  • Securing Renewable Ocean Energy on the European Marine Research Agenda

 

Meetings

  • 17 June 2010, ESF-COST Office, Brussels, Belgium
  • 23 Marc 2010, European Ocean Energy Association (EU-OEA), Brussels, Belgium
  • 29 January 2010, Ifremer, Paris, France

 

Members

  • Chair - Marc Le Boulluec, French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), France
  • Augusto Barata da Rocha, Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management (INEGI), Portugal
  • Cibran Cambra Rey, Acciona Energia, Spain
  • John Dalen, Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Norway
  • Henry Jeffrey, Energy Research Council, United Kingdom
  • Finn Gunnar Nielsen, Statoil and University of Bergen, Norway
  • Geoffrey O’Sullivan, Irish Marine Institute, Ireland
  • Nathalie Rousseau, European Ocean Energy Association (EU-OEA)
  • Eoin Sweeney, Sustainable Energy Ireland, Ireland
  • Judith Wolf, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), United Kingdom

 

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