Challenge 2050: Oceans and the EU’s decarbonisation strategy
The European Commission adopted on 28 November 2018 its strategy for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 and the session will discuss the role of the ocean in supporting this ambition. By 2050, more than 80% of electricity will be coming from renewable energy sources, being the backbone of a carbon-free European power system. An increasing proportion will have to come from offshore, both from wind and from marine renewables that are already on the cusp of commercial deployment. Circular economy and negative carbon emissions business models will play a greater role for Europe to become carbon neutral. Microalgae can be converted into various types of biofuels, contributing as well to a more circular economy. Developing blue carbon ecosystem services will help to provide nature based solutions for climate mitigation with multiple co-benefits, like natural carbon storage sinks, climate adaptation, biodiversity preservation etc.
Maris STULGIS, Policy Officer, DG MARE
- Thelma KRUG, Vice-chair of International Panel for Climate Change IPCC
- Bernhard FRIESS, Director, Maritime Policy and Blue Economy, DG MARE, European Commission
- Giles DICKSON, CEO, Wind Europe
- Francisco SARAIVA GOMES, co-founder of SeaForester
- Jean-Christophe ALLO, Business Development manager, Sabella