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What Role for Ocean-Based Renewable Energy and Deep-Seabed Minerals in a Sustainable Future?

This paper examines how and to what degree energy from the ocean can contribute to the climate agenda and achieving SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), including identifying new solutions and their potential impact, as well as addressing related safety and environmental concerns.

Additionally, the paper current developments in green technology, and the potential for deep -seabed minerals mining to help meeting rising technological demand, as well as the related environmental risks, legal and rights-based challenges, conflict with sustainable development goals and future policy options.

The authors for this paper are: Peter M. Haugan, Lisa A. Levin, Diva Amon, Hannah Lily, Mark Hemer, and Finn Gunnar Nielsen

'What Role for Ocean-Based Renewable Energy and Deep-Seabed Minerals in a Sustainable Future?’ launched 24th June 2020 via a webinar 'The Link between Ocean Energy and Mineral Resources' featuring lead authors Peter Haugan, Lisa Levin along with contributing author Diva Amon and Advisory Network Member Francisco Boshell (IRENA). Opening remarks were provided by United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson.

The Blue Paper was featured in a WRI blog, ‘Clean Energy Can’t Come at the Expense of the Ocean—and it Doesn’t Have To' by Blue Paper authors by Lisa Levin, Peter Haugan and Secretariat team members Ines Aguiar Branco and Katie Flanagan. Nature Sustainability also published an adapted version of the Blue Paper titled 'Challenges to the sustainability of deep-seabed mining'

 

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