Challenges and opportunities
Blue innovation for the delivery of the SDGs
Oceans capture CO2 from the atmosphere, sea level rises and storms will increase in force and frequency as a result of global warming. But as oceans cover 70% of the earth’s surface, they also provide a huge potential for large scale production of renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal, floating solar, etc.). Oceans can also counterbalance droughts and freshwater shortage by desalination installations. Moreover, clean shipping will be an indispensable element to come to a carbon neutral transport system and clean air in densely populated coastal regions.
With oceans and seas playing a major role in climate regulation, blue technologies are an important driver for economic growth with a clear shift towards innovative and sustainable solutions.
Deep dive sessions
Multi-use and co-creation within offshore infrastructures
The future of ports and energy hubs
The European Union intends to increase the installed offshore wind capacity to 450 GW by 2050, the hundredfold of the currently installed capacity. Ports are the gateway towards future offshore renewable energy hubs. They are essential for the creation of multifunctional renewable energy islands, the maintenance of offshore wind farms and the production of fuel. And since ports serve as the central hub for the shipping industry, their investments regarding offshore renewable energy will also be decisive for the shift towards a clean shipping industry.
The Blue Ocean Innovation Award
With oceans covering 70% of the earth’s surface, they provide a huge potential for large scale renewable energy production. And as oceans and seas play a major role in climate regulation, blue innovation can contribute significantly to the delivery of the SDGs while being an important driver for economic growth at the same time. The Blue Ocean Innovation Award, an initiative of the Blue Cluster, gives exposure to promising projects within the fast-growing blue economy. Representatives of all selected projects will introduce their project.
Co-creating blue innovation
The technical and financial risks of large infrastructure projects dealing with challenges such as climate change, energy transition or population growth, get a substantial amount of attention during planning. Nevertheless, such projects often do not even reach the construction phase because social and spatial risks have been insufficiently taken into account. Especially for the development of multifunctional marine landscape infrastructures, it is imperative to implement co-creation processes to get support from both stakeholder authorities and the public.