Event Date:Friday, 5 November, 2021
The Small Island Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization (SIDS DOCK), UNIDO and the Stimson Alliance for a Climate Resilient Earth (ACRE) are organising the COP26 Side Event: Call To Action! for the Establishment of the Global Ocean Energy Alliance (GOEA) on 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (UK Time), Thursday, 11 November 2021 at: Wood House, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. The event will be held physically and by online means.
The high-level event will feature the participation of several Prime Ministers and Ministers from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), as well as CEOs from international organisations and the ocean energy industry. The event is organised under the umbrella of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC), which facilitates SIDS-SIDS cooperation on innovative sustainable energy and climate progams of common interest. The event will launch the GOEA virtual platform and provide an outlook on the way forward.
The Global Ocean Energy Alliance (GOEA) will particularly address the needs of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and coastal developing countries to access ocean energy technology, finance and expertise. These countries have great potentials and the technology offers opportunities to spur their economic diversification efforts and aspirations towards a blue and green economy. Ocean energy is a promising tool to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development in SIDS and coastal developing countries in the long-run.
The projections suggest that by 2030 the blue economy could more than double its contribution to global value added, reaching over USD 3 trillion, creating more than 40 million jobs. Ocean energy and cleantech are important growth areas, which can contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, unlock new income streams and provide public health and coastal protection benefits.
SIDS and coastal developing countries with their vast ocean territories and exclusive economic zones, can become one of the main beneficiaries of these technologies. The good news is, that a broad range of ocean energy technologies wait for industrial up-scale. The wider definition includes an array of renewable energy technologies using non-living marine resources or marine space. Additionally, it includes energy solutions tailored for blue industries, including fisheries, aquaculture, desalination, freshwater, biotechnology, ocean intelligence, shipping and port services.