Intelligent Technologies for the Blue Economy
Protected ecosystems | Healthy oceans | Renewable resources
Oceans, coastal areas and marine activities play a crucial role now and in the future of the European Union and its citizens. But more than ever, the oceans are under increasing pressure due to overfishing and pollution. Consequently, sustainable development of the oceans is required in order to ensure their health and productiveness.
For that, we – Fraunhofer, SINTEF, VTT, RISE, TNO, Tecnalia, +Atlantic CoLAB and AZTI – propose the joint initiative »ISSS Sustainable Sea and Ocean Solutions – Intelligent Technologies for the Blue Economy« in order to boost the Green Deal and the Blue Growth in emerging, established and associated Blue Economy sectors. The mission is the responsible utilization of our oceans, to harness their potential and create more value and more jobs in the European marine and maritime sectors, by developing and mastering new technologies to ensure European industry leadership in global markets and achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 14.
Using the momentum for innovation and change
The Initiative ISSS "Sustainable Sea and Ocean Solutions – Intelligent Technologies for the Blue Economy ISSS" aims at key enabling technologies for in-depth technological innovations and solutions for sea, ocean and subsea activities, as well as at shared infrastructures and data platforms through cross-cutting collaboration to ensure healthy and resilient oceans. It will focus on European ocean activities and cross-link relevant national and European initiatives to form an integrated whole to foster technological innovations and applications in the field of e.g. underwater robotics and automation, underwater sensors and actuators, underwater materials, communication and digitalization. This will ensure safe, cost-effective and sustainable offshore operations and provide reliable and accurate data and information on the ocean for better-informed decision-making by policy makers, businesses and investors. The aim is a fast transfer into industrial applications within the three central application areas Aquaculture, Ocean Cleaning and Energy and Raw Materials Harvesting and its implementation areas of Europe’s sea basins.