Just 0.1% of the energy contained in the oceans’ waves would be sufficient to meet the world’s entire energy requirements five times over. The challenge is to harness the energy. Different technologies are at different stages – nearly established, in development or still in an early phase.
As the EU and Japan revise their maritime policies and look to develop marine energy sources, a Workshop in Brussels in late October will look at how Europe and Japan can learn from each other and work together on R&D, technology and knowledge transfer issues.
The EU and Japan will emphasise the major role that different marine energy sources can play in combating climate change, diversifying the energy mix, increasing energy security and create jobs.
At the Workshop, senior representatives of the EU and Japanese Authorities will lay out the likely direction for their future marine energy strategies and representatives of industry, academia and international projects will discuss the future role that different technologies can have in the EU and Japanese energy mixes and assess opportunities for EU-Japan cooperation.
The Workshop will be co-organised by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the European Economic and Social Committee. It is aimed at policy-makers and at representatives of research organisations and industry.
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