Energy Symp 2013Energy Symposium 2013

Challenges in Energy Supply

03 June 2013 Groningen Seaports, Nijlicht, Eemshaven

Announcement & Programme

Symposium report


Energy development and energy transition in the Wadden Sea Region (WSR) are topical issues on the political agendas. Also the Wadden Sea Forum stated that modern energy services should have high priority in the future work. In 2009, the WSF had initiated an inventory of energy production and consumption as well as analyses of impacts of power plants in the Wadden Sea Region. On the basis of this, an expert symposium was held to discuss the development of the energy market and to support knowledge building across the sectors and stakeholders. The work of the Forum has received wide attention and also the political level has brought the subject on their agenda.
The Governmental Wadden Sea Conference of 2010 declared advanced energy services and the reduction of greenhouse gases as an important goal for the coming 20 years. The Sylt Declaration says "Support the global and national efforts to mitigate causes of climate change at the regional level, by calling especially upon local and regional competent authorities and stakeholders, to work towards developing the Wadden Sea Region into a CO2-neutral area by 2030 or before, putting the focus on the special threats for coastal zones by global warming and sea level rise."

Working towards this aim, the WSF has implemented a further energy symposium to support the governments by delivering expert knowledge and advice.


The symposium aimed at a holistic energy concept for the WSR taking into consideration production, supply and storage as well as distribution and consumption. Also strengths and obstacles of a promoted energy transition were analyzed and measures of working towards a climate friendly WSR were identified. Finally, the delivery of advice and recommendations for the political level, particularly for the Wadden Sea Conference in 2014, was a main task.


The symposium provided a detailed overview of the sources of CO2 and emissions related to sectors. Furthermore, a good insight in the developments of energy production around the North Sea with a focus on the WSR was presented. On the basis of this, conventional electric power markets, the use of hydro carbons and the challenges with regard to off-shore wind plants were analyzed. Following, the economic impacts of energy production and distribution on the society and environment were addressed. In relation to off-shore wind farms and energy distribution, the grid connection to the mainland and the grid system in the North Sea was introduced and explained. Also future technologies like energy storage and power to gas technologies were debated. In this context, gas caverns played a dominant role.
In a second part of the symposium, applied examples with regard to CO2 reduction were introduced. This concerned the development of a Wadden Sea island into a climate friendly island, the re-use of waste heat in Eemshaven and advanced developments in shipping and harbor businesses.
Finally, communication and information strategies were raised to foster open dialogues and a sound social-economic interface based on scientific knowledge.

The symposium was financially supported by:

NAM - Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV
IVG Caverns GmbH
Groningen Seaports


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