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Unlocking the potential of ocean energy around the globe



Tuesday 1 Oct, 14:30 – 17:30 and Wednesday 2 Oct, 09:00 – 15:00

Over the past years many stakeholders from governments, industry and academic institutions have shown significant interest in accelerating the commercial viability of wave, tidal and other ocean energy technologies. The work by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) builds on most recent efforts that include implementing innovations in terms of policy, resource assessment, technology development, financing and business models.

IRENA’s event “Unlocking the potential of ocean energy around the globe”, organised in partnership with the Ocean Energy Europe, will complement and continue the OEE2019 programme. The event features sessions with national and regional representatives from all corners of the globe and key experts in ocean energy to discuss the latest progress in this field. It aims at jointly identifying the most relevant gaps and future work in order to secure the industrial rollout of ocean energy projects in the near future.

Furthermore, the sessions will explore potential markets within the island context and present benefits and challenges, as well as past and present experiences regarding the deployment of ocean energy infrastructure across Small Islands Developing States (SIDS). The event will showcase IRENA’s Light House initiative, a framework for action to support SIDS in their transformation to a renewables-based and resilient energy system.

The key outcome of this event will be delivered through a final roundtable where stakeholders of the ocean energy sector will identify key actions that need to be taken by policy-makers to foster ocean energy technology across the world and shape the ocean energy agenda for continued support to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

This event is free-of-charge and open to all, but pre-registration is required.

Already registered for OEE2019? Modify your registration to add the IRENA event.

About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

IRENA is the global intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.

With 160 Members (159 States and the European Union) and 23 additional countries in the accession process and actively engaged, IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.