Naval Energies’ side event at U.N. Headquarters on Blue energy: the ocean is the future of renewable energy


For the first time, the great potential of ocean energy was presented at the UN, in the framework of the Ocean Conference.

Naval Energies’ side event, co-organized with the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, emphasized how this innovative sector contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, in particular in coastal and small Island States. This side event brought high-level speakers from governments, the United Nations, the industry and civil society, to underline the key benefits of ocean energy to implement Sustainable Development Goal 14. It also showcased recent developments in this sector.

Ocean energy is abundant, geographically diverse, clean and renewable, representing an emerging and promising sector. Several technologies are currently being developed, in order to harvest energy from tides and waves, from offshore wind and from temperature gradients (ocean thermal energy conversion exploits the temperature difference between deep cold ocean water and warm tropical surface waters).

Under favorable regulatory and economic conditions, ocean energy will play an important role in addressing one of the world’s biggest current challenges: an energy transition from a system based on fossil fuels to a flexible and interconnected system based on clean, renewable and infinite domestic resources.

Indeed, a recent study of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) underlines the huge potential of ocean energy, more than sufficient to meet global electricity demand, providing power to dense coastal areas as well as islands and remote territories all around the world.

Naval Energies warmly thanks the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations and also each speakers who took part to that succesful side event !

– Anne-France Didier, Sea and Coastal areas, French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

– Julien Marchal, Secretary General, Naval Energies

– Rémi Gruet, Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Energy Europe

– Panji Soeharto, Chief Executive Officer, PT AIR

– Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment

– Senator the Honourable Maxine Mc Clean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Barbados

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