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Okeāna enerģijas potenciāla apgūšana

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Opinion Number: CDR 1693/2015
Rapporteur: THOMAS Rhodri Glyn
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 14/10/2015
 
draw attention to the huge potential of ocean energy to meeting the future energy needs and to achieve climate change objectives and delivering sustainable growth and green jobs at local level;
set out the local and regional level's views and seek a greater CoR involvement in the design of the Roadmap and the implementation of the new industrial initiative of which possibly will follow
address key bottlenecks (technical, environmental, financial) and make recommendations
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- notes that the EU and its regions are currently at the forefront globally in developing the sector, and recognises that without sufficient action the EU risks losing its leadership;

- emphasises that development of the Ocean Energy sector is of interest to the whole of the EU, offering many investment and development opportunities, which are not restricted to coastal/island areas;

- asserts that, given the scale of investments required and a number of inter-linked barriers to be overcome to realise the potential of the Ocean Energy sector, coordinated actions between the different layers of governance in the EU and the engagement of the key stakeholders are essential;

- calls on the European Commission to develop the Ocean Energy Forum into an industrial platform to drive forward delivery of the key actions set out in the Ocean Energy Roadmap;

- recommends that strong consideration be given to developing an Atlantic Macro Region focused on developing Ocean Energy;

- recommends that appropriate and tailored strategies/technologies be developed for all the different sea-basins, harnessing existing experiences/development of advanced technologies for regions with less/different marine energy potential;

- reiterates its call for stronger political priority to be given to creating synergies between EU, Member State and sub-state (local and regional authority) budgets to support investments of key European importance, such as Ocean Energy; and calls on the EIB and European Commission to support investments in grid infrastructure and pre-commercial pilot phase projects;

- stresses the importance of simplifying administrative procedures for planning and consenting at LRA and national level; and the need to plan Ocean Energy development into the process of Maritime Spatial Planning.

Importance

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Rapporteur's activities

Annual Conference on Ocean Energy and High Level Ministerial Summit in Dublin, Ireland. Release of the Draft Ocean Energy Strategic Roadmap on the basis of the contributions from the Ocean Energy Forum (including the CoR Rapporteur). The Rapporteur attended the conference and had informal discussions with the main stakeholders, and promoted his opinion to participants of the Ministerial Summit, including Commissioner Vella.

 
19 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

The CoR opinion was adopted in the Plenary Session. A Press Release was issued following the meeting.

 
13 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

"What opportunities the EIB offers to the ocean energy sector?"The Rapporteur followed via webstreaming the presentation on the new InnovFin Energy Demo instrument, offering risk financing for energy innovators, including in the ocean energy sector.

 
04 Oct
 

European Commission

The Roadmap developed by the Ocean Energy Forum was submitted to DG MARE.

 
01 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur presents the main ideas of his draft opinion in the Enterprise and Business Committee of the Welsh Assembly, in the context of the Assembly's inquiry on the Potential of the Maritime Economy in Wales.

 
16 Sep
 

European Commission

The European Commission published its Communication C(2015)6317 "Towards an Integrated Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan". The document refers to strengthening regional cooperation in the Atlantic sea board for ocean energy, to help achieve further cost reductions in this area.

 
14 Sep
 

European Commission

Presentation of the Horizon 2020 New Work Programme 2016-2017: two separate calls were introduced for the ocean energy sector in the Blue Growth and Low Carbon Energy (LCE) chapters of the work programme (LCE 15 "Scaling up in the ocean energy sector to arrays" and LCE 16 "2nd generation of design tools for ocean energy devices and arrays development and deployment").

 
13 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur contributed with his draft opinion to the consultation of the Ocean Energy Forum on the results of the Bilbao conference.

 
30 Jul
 

European Commission

The Open conference of the Ocean Energy Forum took place in Bilbao. This Forum is in charge of developing a Roadmap which will be the basis of a future industry initiative on ocean energy. Participants developed recommendations on environmental, consenting, financing and technological questions related to the development of ocean energy.

 
30 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

The ENVE Commission discussed and adopted the draft opinion. Ms Lowri Evans, Director General of Directorate General MARE and MEP Ms Miriam Dalli, Shadow Rapporteur of the own-initiative opinion "Untapping the potential of research and innovation in the blue economy to create jobs and growth" participated in the debate. A Press release was issued following the meeting.

 
29 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his expert met with representatives of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.

 
21 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with policy analysts from the Units "Interinstitutional Relations" and "Directorate for Implementation, Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth" of the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

 
04 May
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

The Rapporteur of the opinion, together with his expert, met with about 15 representatives of local and regional associations, and representatives of industrial and environmental stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topics of this opinion.

 
04 May
 

CoR Commission activity

During the third ENVE Commission meeting, Mr Rhodri Glyn Thomas presented his working document. ENVE Members had an exchange of views on this document, in the presence of policy officers Mr Billiet (DG MARE) and Ms Hunstad (DG ENER).

 
03 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with Mr Dominique Ramard, regional councillor in charge of energy, president of the Environment Council of Brittany Region, withMr Renaud Layadi: Officer in charge of International Relations of Brittany Regional Council and with Ms Aude Körfer: Permanent delegate of Brittany in Europe

 
03 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with the Policy and Operations Director of the Ocean Energy Europe organisation.

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with a research program officer of Unit G.3 Renewable Energy Sources, from the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with the Director responsible for maritime affairs, innovation and competitiveness, and follow-up of the Baltic Sea Commission, from the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions.

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with MEP Seán Kelly (IT/EPP), Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with two policy officers in charge of the Ocean Energy Forum, from Unit C/1 Maritime policy / Atlantic, outermost regions and Arctic from the Directorate-General for Maritime Affaires and Fisheries.

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with MEP Derek Vaughan (UK/S&D), Vice-Chair of Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) and Member of Committee on Regional Development (REGI).

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Steering Committee of the Ocean Energy Forum met to sign off the strategic roadmap before submission to DG MARE.Following the proposal of the ENVE Commission, the CoR Bureau nominated Rhodri Glyn Thomas (UK/EA) as rapporteur for the own-initiative opinion "Developing the potential of Ocean Energy".Rapporteur's nomination

 
17 Mar
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