The fourth edition of the yearly EU Blue Economy Report provides a new perspective on the
impacts that several factors have on the Blue Economy, including global challenges like climate change, emerging sectors such as maritime security and surveillance, enabling frameworks such as Maritime Spatial Planning, and innovative solutions from research & technological development. Most importantly, this edition also analyses the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the various sectors, as well as the effects of the mitigation measures put in place, such as the EU Recovery fund. The Blue Economy emerging and innovative sectors include marine renewable energy (i.e. Ocean energy, floating solar energy and offshore hydrogen generation), Blue bioeconomy and biotechnology, Marine minerals, Desalination, Maritime defence, security and surveillance, Research and Education and Infrastructure and maritime works (submarine cables, robotics). These sectors offer significant potential for economic growth, sustainability transition, as well as employment creation.
In its fourth edition, the yearly EU Blue Economy Report continues to analyse the scope and size of the Blue Economy in the European Union. It aims at providing support to policymakers and
stakeholders in the quest for a sustainable development of the oceans, coastal resources and, most notably, to the development and implementation of polices and initiatives under the European Green Deal and in particular with the insight of the Sustainable Blue Economy communication.