Energy Ministers from across Europe were converging yesterday on Paris to set in stone their commitment to ocean energy at the most important political summit ever to take place on the topic.
Political interest in the sector has increased over the past 12 months due to the significant contribution its commercialization has made in the European energy security sector. The summit took place at Ocean Energy Europe 2014.
European leaders met in the framework of the European Commission’s Ocean Energy Forum to approve the Forum’s initial recommendations. Participating politicians included EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki, Energy Ministers from the UK Amber Rudd, Ireland’s Alex White and Secretaries of State from France (Alain Vidalies), Portugal (Artur Trindade) and Greece (Costantinos Mathioudakism).
“Political developments this year have made bringing new, clean energy technologies which are capable of achieving scale into play more urgent than ever. Ocean energy will provide 100GW of clean, secure electricity to the EU by 2050 and industrial and political leaders will come together to ensure that this happens.”
Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said:
“While still a nascent sector, ocean energy has enormous potential. That’s why the European Commission created the Ocean Energy Forum as a meeting place for industry, the public sector and stakeholders to discuss how to overcome the barriers to the development of the ocean energy sector and help it on the path to full-scale commercialisation, while contributing to the renewable targets.”
Pictured is Dr Sian George, CEO of Ocean Energy Europe