EMUNI is pleased to announce the launch of its webinar “Marine Renewable Energies: fast-advancing technologies and promising opportunities” organised in cooperation the Union for the Mediterranean and with the support of the German Agency for International Development Cooperation (GIZ).

The event is scheduled to take place online on the 17 of November 2021 from 9.30 AM (CET) and will be simultaneously translated in English, French and Arabic. Register to attend via the link below.

BACKGROUND

Offshore wind is currently the most mature type of marine renewable energy in the Mediterranean region. It is so in terms of technology, policy frameworks, commercialization and installed capacity, particularly in the areas most exposed to the highest wind speeds (Gulf of Lion, the central Aegean Sea, and the Kasos Straits in the south-eastern Aegean Sea). In view of the geomorphological characteristics of the Mediterranean, waves are also promising. Moreover, when considering the possibility of further technological advancements, floating solar power farms also offer promising growth trends.

The event will focus on the sectoral characteristics, challenges and opportunities of the deployment of Marine Renewable Energies (MRE). The discussion will benefit from selected presentations and interventions and will build on the most recent findings contained in a comprehensive UfM report. Furthermore, the event will tackle the following topics:

  • Recent developments at the European Union and the Union for the Mediterranean levels, contributing to a Sustainable Blue Economy;
  • Conflicts and synergies with different uses of the maritime space, namely tourism, fisheries and shipping;
  • Long-term environmental impacts and concerns, such as noise levels, collision risk, habitat alteration or contaminants release;
  • The potential of the sector in terms of the technological development;
  • The particular potential of floating offshore wind technology in the Mediterranean Sea given that it can be deployed in deeper waters and offshore areas;
  • Need to strengthen the Mediterranean regional cooperation in energy, grid and marine spatial planning for cost optimisation;
  • Further development of sustainable energy self-sufficiency of coastal areas and islands;
  • Enhancing the transition towards carbon-neutral ports;

The presentations will pay particular attention to the potential of the sector to contribute to employment opportunities in the region.

MODERATOR

  • Opening remarks 

EU co-presidency
Jordanian co-presidency

  • Developments at UfM level 

Energy and Climate Division, UfM

Environment and Blue Economy, UfM

  • EC offshore renewable strategy and the Mediterranean potential
    European Commission
  • Potentials as seen from MEDREC
    Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre (MEDREC)
  • Deploying marine renewable energy through maritime spatial planning
    UN Global Compact
  • Offshore renewable energy for a blue economy and socio-economic benefits
    International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Renewable energy for islands
    Greening the Islands (TBC)
  • Floating offshore wind technology, tidal and wave, and employment opportunities
    Wind Europe (TBC)
  • Potentials and challenges of renewables
    Climate Action Network Arab World (TBC)
  • Significance of sustainable renewable energy
    WWF (TBC)
  • Investment in MRE
    European Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    (TBC)
  • PELAGOS project (Promoting Innovative Network Sand Clusters Form Marine
  • Renewable Energy Synergies in Mediterranean Coasts and Islands)
  • BLUE DEAL project aiming to increase the transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of the blue energy sector
  • Potential of wave renewable energy, Eco Wave Power
  • Impacts of climate change on European islands for 2030–2100 and their decarbonation pathways (SOCLIMPACT project)
  • Greening at the port of Valencia: integrating wind and wave energy, Typsa – Wind Power
  • Practices across the Mediterranean Regions, CPMR (TBC)
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