New research heightens cross-party calls for wave & tidal energy to be part of Industrial Strategy
23 February 2017
Posted by: RenewableUK
Leaders of the marine energy industry are gathering with MPs from across the political spectrum in central London today to call for wave and tidal power to be included in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
Innovative clean-tech companies will be highlighting the latest developments in this cutting-edge sector and demonstrating the value of the marine energy industry to the UK, particularly in terms of regional economic growth.
At RenewableUK’s Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in Westminster, a new report, “Ocean Energy Race”, is being launched, mapping the new marine energy clusters which have already sprung up around the country - in the South West of England, the Solent and the Isle of Wight, Wales and the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The sector is providing jobs and attracting millions of pounds in investment to some of the areas of the UK which need them most. Universities around the UK are playing a leading role in global research.
RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Hugh McNeal said: “The UK is the global leader in wave and tidal energy. This is a cutting-edge industry creating much-needed jobs in Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, Swansea and Orkney. It will grow worldwide with opportunities to export our technology across the globe – from the US to Taiwan, and right across Europe to South East Asia
“But other countries, such as China and Canada, are eyeing our innovative industry enviously, seeking to capitalise on the hard-won progress already made in British waters. We don’t want our groundwork to lead to their success. The UK must win the international Ocean Energy Race so that this country can reap the economic benefits of marine energy.
It’s vital that the Government recognises that wave and tidal power is transforming coastal communities around the UK, and if we don’t build on our success those communities will miss out. Politicians from every party are standing up for marine energy, because they see the benefits to their area. Marine energy can become a key modern industrial sector. To make this happen, we’re urging Ministers to include wave and tidal power in their Industrial Strategy. We can deliver fresh energy infrastructure on a massive scale, building on Britain’s proud maritime tradition and creating a new clean-tech energy sector”.
For further information, please contact:
· Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, 0207 901 3012 or 07792 463 445
· Robert Norris, Head of Communications, 0207 901 3013 or 07969 229913 Robert.Norris@RenewableUK.com
· Adam Wentworth, Communications Officer, 0207 901 3038 or 07791 702702 Adam.Wentworth@RenewableUK.com
More details about RenewableUK’s 13th annual Wave & Tidal Energy Conference & Exhibition at the QEII Centre in Westminster on Thursday 23rd February (9-5pm) can be found here. These MPs are speaking at the event:
Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP (Lib Dem, Orkney & Shetland)
George Eustice MP (Conservative, Camborne, Redruth & Hayle)
Richard Graham MP (Conservative, Gloucester), Chair of the Marine Energy & Tidal Lagoons All-Party Parliamentary Group
James Heappey MP (Conservative, Wells)
Callum McCaig MP (SNP, Aberdeen South), SNP Westminster Group Leader for Energy and Climate Change
Paul Wheelhouse MSP (SNP, South Scotland) Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy.
Iain Wright MP (Labour, Hartlepool) Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee
An industry leaders’ debate will feature leading companies Tidal Lagoon Power, Atlantis Resources, DCNS Energies, GWave and Wave Hub discussing the future for marine power.
“Ocean Energy Race - The UK’s inside track” will be formally launched at the conference and available here.
RenewableUK is also launching a Marine Energy Project Intelligence document for member companies, which provides insight on tidal stream, tidal range and wave energy projects in UK waters.
RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association.