Palma, Spain

Developing transmission electricity grids, protecting our seas

May we introduce you to the Posidonia Oceanica – the most widespread seagrass species in the Mediterranean Sea? Scientists have found out that the grass is even better at transforming CO2 into oxygen than the rainforest, therefore supporting the fight against climate change. Moreover, the plant, commonly known as Neptune Grass, creates habitats for many other marine organisms and structures and stabilises the seabed.

Are you wondering why we are so interested in this little all-rounder? Think about it: ENTSO-E estimates that in the coming decade 40% of grid development will be submarine. This means that project developers and authorities will have to put great thought into the preservation of the marine environment since grids can be disturbances to sensitive species and habitats when being laid, operated or dismantled.

We kindly invite you to join us in collecting knowledge, innovative practices and lessons learned on seagrass protection at our upcoming event. 


Monday, 25th September

18:30:  Guided tour to historical Palma city centre

20:00:  Welcome reception

Tuesday, 26th September

09:00 Registration

09:30 Welcome

  • Llorenç Huguet | Rector University of the Balearic Islands
  • Neus Truyols | City Hall of Palma
  • Antonella Battaglini | Renewables Grid Initiative
  • Eva Pagán | Red Eléctrica de España
  • Christina Pantazi | European Commission, DG Environment
  • Vicenç Vidal | Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries of Balearic Islands

10:15 European grid development and future challenges

  • Jean-Baptiste Paquel | ENTSO-E
  • Patricia Labra | Red Eléctrica de España
  • Joan Groizard | Balearic Government
  • Angelo Ferrante | MED-TSO

11:45 Protecting our seas: seagrass ecosystems

  • Sonia Castañeda | Fundación Biodiversidad 
  • Eva Alessi | WWF Italy

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Guided site visit to Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA), including presentation on "Seagrass ecosystems – the special case of the posidonia oceanica"

  • Jorge Terrados | CSIC, The Spanish National Research Council

16:30 Guided visit to Finca Raixa: getting a better understanding of Majorca's heritage and environment

Wednesday, 27th September

Protecting posidonia oceanica – good practice examples

09:00 Posidonia Oceanica Legislation

  • Miquel Mir | Balear Goverment

09:45 Terna’s approach to minimise environmental impact for cables - technical solutions for  Elba Island – Mainland 

  • Tommaso Granata | CESI
  • Luca Moiana | Terna
  • Francesca Massara | Terna

10:30 REE’s recovery of posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows – an innovative technique + video

  • Borja Alvarez | REE

11:15 Coffee break

11:35 Small discussion groups

  • What challenges do you see for the implementation of these practices in your country/ environment?
  • Which lessons can be drawn for other seagrasses?
  • Are approaches applicable to your situation? Why, why not?
  • What are next steps for further best practice exchange on this topic?

13:00 Reporting back and wrap-up

13:20 Snack and departure

Please contact us if you need support for your travel costs.

Disclaimer: Please note that we will take photos during the workshop that will be published on our Flickr-Account and in RGI publications. 


Event partners


Theresa Schneider
Senior Project Manager

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