Oceans capture CO2 from the atmosphere, sea level rises and storms will increase in force and frequency as a result of global warming. But as oceans cover 70% of the earth’s surface, they also provide a huge potential for large scale production of renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal, floating solar, etc.). Oceans can also counterbalance droughts and fresh water shortage by desalination installations. Moreover, clean shipping will be an indispensable element to come to a carbon neutral transport system and clean air in densely populated coastal regions.
With oceans and seas playing a major role in climate regulation, blue technologies are an important driver for economic growth with a clear shift towards innovative and sustainable solutions.