The EU Green Deal and the related Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy outlines Europe’s ambitions to harness the potential of offshore renewable energy for a climate neutral future, and to upscale the present capacity to reach 300 GW of offshore wind and 40 GW of Ocean energy by 2050. This could represent a ten-fold increase in the number of employees needed within the sector. Success in fulfilling these targets will largely depend on the availability of a growing and well-qualified labour force, prepared to underpin the industrial growth through the uptake of new technologies and innovations. Thus, human capital investment is expected to have a leveraging effect on industrial performance.
The Pact for Skills for Offshore Renewble Energy (P4S-ORE) Partnership, established in 2021, aims to underpin the success of offshore renewable energy strategy with the stimulation of a dedicated training offer, to promote re-skilling and up-skilling of the workforce, availability of training itineraries which intersect with other sectors, suitable preparation for new staff and measures for attracting talent, and a clear contribution to promoting strong labour standards. It is part of the European Commission’s flagship Pact for Skills action under the European Skills Agenda.
There are currently 15 European members in the Partnership, but the initiative is always open to new members.
European Marine Board role:
EMB will reach out to its marine science and policy network to share information and communicate on social media about the P4S-ORE. EMB will use its existing publication on Marine Graduate Training, as well as its future publication on Marine Renewable Energy to provide advice from and to the marine science community regarding skills and training needs for ORE.
Contact at European Marine Board Secretariat: Paula Kellett Email