Ocean Stewardship 2030: Ten ambitions and recommendations for growing sustainable ocean business

Ocean Stewardship 2030 describes how ocean-related industries and policymakers can secure a healthy and productive ocean by 2030. Offshore renewable energy is listed as one of the key components to success.

The report has identified five areas that are critical to secure a healthy and productive ocean:

  1. Sustainable Seafood
  2. Decarbonised shipping
  3. Harnessing ocean electricity
  4. End waste entering the ocean
  5. Mapping the ocean

The roadmap suggests two ambitions per area, in addition to several recommendations addressing critical dimensions of public and private governance to accelerate ocean-related solutions. Offshore renewable energy - including offshore wind, tidal, wave, floating solar, salinity gradient and ocean thermal energy - is considered one of the key components when it comes to decarbonising the economy and tackling climate change. This will require significant investment, and the report underlines the importance of clear and targeted policies. Incentives and right market condition are also needed to encourage rapid development of offshore renewable energy projects. To decarbonise shipping, the roadmap calls for an industry-funded international body to support research and development to lower the sector’s carbon footprint.

Ocean Stewardship 2030 also stresses that transparency, more cooperation and cross-sectoral responses are important to ensure more sustainable food production, transport and energy production, while also improving ocean health.

The report is based on input from over 300 stakeholders, and is developed by the United Nations Global Compact in collaboration with DNV GL.

By Anna Lygre Solvang