Making a difference for the blue economy

A sustainable blue economy is a part of the EU Green Deal. This emerging economy is aligned with needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimise waste and pollution, create green ports, and preserve marine biodiversity. 

We fund projects that help protect a healthy North Sea through forward-looking planning and sustainable economic development in the maritime sector. 

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Explore projects supporting a sustainable blue economy


DecomTools: Disposing of ageing wind farms

Engineers know how to construct offshore wind farms, but what about taking them down? As the first generation of offshore wind farms is ageing, this is becoming a pressing issue.  

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DUAL Ports: Creating sustainable ports  

From LED lighting and circular approaches to hydrogen fuel and windpower: DUAL Ports helps small and medium sized ports to be part of a greener future. 

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GEANS: Using DNA to check out ecosystem health

GEANS develops a DNA library for benthic organisms. Like the canary in the coal mine, changes in the DNA patterns are signs of larger trends likely to affect marine wildlife. 





Inn2POWER: Building windpower supply chains

Inn2POWER builds skills and innovation power among SMEs in offshore wind supply chains. This enables the windpower industry in the North Sea to forge ahead full speed. 

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JOMOPANS: Keeping tabs on noise in the North Sea

JOMOPANS developed a joint monitoring system for gauging human noise levels in the North Sea. This is a critical factor in ensuring the welfare of marine animals. 



NON-STOP: Taking ports to the next level

NON-STOP uses digital tools to bring medium-sized ports into the future. The project increases efficiencies by 10% while also reducing energy consumption and pollution by 10%.



NorthSEE: Cooperating on Maritime Spatial Planning 

The project brought governments and research institutions together to identify sustainable pathways for blue growth and marine protection.  

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North Sea Wrecks: uncovering the toxic legacy of war

Thousands of ship and aircraft wrecks, munition and chemical warfare agents, bunker oil and hazardous cargo. Wreckage in the North Sea poses environmental risk and could jeopardise operations like drilling or installing offshore wind platforms. 

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OESA: Scaling up ocean energy

The Ocean Energy Scale-up Alliance (OESA) is an accelerator project developing and deploying large-scale marine energy pilots. Wave, tidal, and current energy are among the trials. 

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PERISCOPE: Greening the blue economy

PERISCOPE boosted maritime innnovation in the North Sea Region to help transform the blue economy. The aim is to embed emerging blue markets in the goals and visions of the EU Green Deal. 



RIGHT: Building skills for a sustainable blue economy

RIGHT identifies the skills required to build a stronger and more sustainable blue economy. The project runs pilot training to close skills gaps and meet the regional industry's needs. 





WASP: Advancing sails with a modern twist

WASP supports the evolution of modern rotor sails to harness the wind for maritime transport. Wind-assisted ship propulsion is on the rise and WASP builds further momentum for this climate-friendly trend in the North Sea. 

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