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Strategic plan

The commissioner then explained that, two

years ago, the EU announced plans to not only

better explore ocean energy, but “to put the

ocean energy sector on the political map”.

“We made it clear,” he continued, “that we

believe this sector has a future. And we have

been taking action to bring that future closer.

As set out in the Strategic Energy Technology

Plan, adopted as part of the Juncker

Commission’s Energy Union initiative, the

commission is fully behind the development of

ocean energy, as part of the next generation of

renewables technologies.”

Informing his audience about commission

efforts in further detail, Vella rhetorically asked:

“Why is ocean energy good for jobs and

growth? Why is ocean energy good for

European innovation? How can we support the

structure and funding of ocean energy?”

Following on from this, he said that the

commission has “one main priority: to stimulate

IN

February Pan European Networks travelled to Edinburgh,

UK, to attend the 2016 instalment of the International

Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE2016). Organised and

hosted by RenewableUK in partnership with Scottish Renewables, the

event was designed to ‘kickstart and map’ the ‘journey of ocean energy

technology from concept to commercialisation’.

Amongst the high level speakers at the event, European commissioner

for environment, maritime affairs, and fisheries, Karmenu Vella, began

his opening address by pointing out how, in the not-too-distant past,

energy from the ocean in Scotland “meant essentially one thing: oil and

gas”. This, however, has now changed, with recent years seeing

Scotland’s attention turning to other, renewable sources of energy from

the sea and this, the commissioner said, “is creating a whole new

industry in the process”.

The ocean energy industry sector, however, requires regulatory certainty.

Vella told the delegates: “It needs to know for sure that oceans – the key

growth base of this industry – are governed effectively. That is one of

the reasons why the European Commission is engaged in shaping global

ocean governance. We carried out an international public consultation

last year and we are now looking at concrete actions that need to be

taken to improve the way oceans are managed. We hope to announce

the next steps just before the summer.”

AT ICOE2016, PEN LISTENED TO EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER KARMENU

VELLA OUTLINE THE BENEFITS OF AND CHALLENGES FOR OCEAN ENERGY

Kickstarting ocean energy

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