Irish and United Kingdom ministers have pledged to work together to unlock the potential of ocean power around the coastlines and called on the European Union (EU) to back the technology.
Ministers last week called on the EU to give its full backing to the development of massive ocean energy resources available in the UK and Ireland. The governments spoke out jointly as they supported to a Member State Position Paper on Ocean Energy, issued jointly by them and the leaders of Norway, Spain, Portugal, France and Denmark. The paper sets out the potential for the Ocean Energy sector to fill 15% of European Union energy demand and create around 314,000 new jobs across the continent by 2050. UK energy sectary, Charles Hendry, said: "There is an abundant energy resource in European waters and there is a clear appetite from individual states to make the most of it.