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Commissie push forward potentieel van energie uit de zee te helpen

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saltire1In a push to facilitate the development of renewable ocean energy in Europe, such as wave and tidal technologies, the Commission will present a new action plan on 20 January. As part of the plan, the Commission proposes to establish an ‘Ocean Energy Forum’ to act as a knowledge hub on ocean energy. It will be a forum for stakeholders to come together to discuss the challenges that the ocean energy sector is facing and to work out a joint strategy to speed up the further development of this promising new ‘blue energy’ field. Ocean energy could help reduce the EU’s carbon footprint and provide a source of clean, reliable and secure energy to the EU.

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Zeeën en oceanen kunnen belangrijke bronnen van schone energie worden. De oceaanenergiesector wordt in de EU-strategie voor blauwe groei genoemd als een van de vijf ontwikkelingsgebieden in de blauwe economie die innovatie en het scheppen van banen in kustgebieden zouden kunnen stimuleren.

Even though the global potential of ocean energy exceeds mankind’s present and projected future energy needs, a number of these promising new technologies face hurdles on the road to commercialisation. The action plan aims to address and overcome these challenges.

The EU Blue Growth Strategy aims at creating sustainable economic growth and employment in the marine and maritime economy to help Europe’s economic recovery. These economic sectors today provide jobs for 5.4 million people and contribute a total gross added value of around €500 billion. By 2020, these should increase to 7 million and nearly €600bn respectively.

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Website van commissaris Maria Damanaki

Website van commissaris Günther Oettinger

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