Achieving the target set out in the Paris Agreement of limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5°C will require a significant and fast increase in renewable energy capacity, including offshore energy sources. A substantial amount of new infrastructure will be necessary, risking fragile marine ecosystems.
To create a future energy system that supports decarbonisation while safeguarding the environment, we must find new and innovative solutions to design infrastructure which reduces the risks to the environment and actively creates opportunities to support ecosystems.
The Dutch offshore project “The Rich North Sea” (De Rijke Noordzee) has been carrying out pioneering work, exploring different ways in which offshore infrastructure could be built or enhanced to provide ecosystem services.
The presenters are:
Annemiek Hermans, Biological Oceanographer and Marine Environmental Project Manager, TenneT
Eline van Onselen, Marine Ecologist, De Rijke Noordzee
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