Oceans and seas as a source of natural resources

Harvesting energy, food and minerals

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The Waterborne sector will produce technologies and systems to facilitate the exploration and exploitation of the oceans as a source for energy, food, and minerals, and to allow their storage and transport by 2030. Floating wind turbines, tidal turbines and other energy sources (e.g. waves, thermal and salinity) will become technically viable for large scale applications, will become cost effective for remote areas, will be installed in many European coastal regions. Fixed and floating installations will produce fresh water, and aqua-farming and related bio-technologies will satisfy the demand of the European bio-mass market. By 2030, the Waterborne sector will have the first deepsea mining pilot installations available as a basis for future sustainable and reliable industrial operations.


The Waterborne sector will pursue a sustainable utilisation of oceans, seas and rivers, which represent a vast but limited resource. Attentive environmental impact monitoring and priority given to renewable resources will guarantee the rule of engagement for further exploitation of natural resources. Through Maritime Spatial Planning and Maritime integrated strategies we shall enable the concurrent use of oceans and seas for traditional maritime activities (e.g. shipping, fisheries, oil & gas, and tourism coastal activities) and new foreseen large-scale activities (e.g. offshore marine renewable energy, aquaculture, nautical leisure, etc.).
The Waterborne sector identified six key sectors as main drivers to unlock sustainable jobs and growth, listed hereafter and detailed below: Oil & Gas, ocean energy, marine biotechnology, mariculture, maritime leisure and tourism, plus seabed mining.


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