Closing the blue loops: Responsible and sustainable innovation in the fields of water and ocean

Study 08-07-2024

This report evaluates the need and scope for an EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) focused on water, marine, and maritime areas (KIC WMM). It identifies existing gaps in innovation ecosystems and recommends thematic focus areas with the highest potential for technological development, market deployment, and benefits for EU citizens. Key stakeholders, public engagement methods, funding mechanisms, and legal and regulatory barriers are analysed. Policy options are provided to foster innovation and market deployment in alignment with the European Green Deal and other EU strategies. The report highlights high-impact technologies for sustainability goals and areas needing further research and regulatory changes. It concludes that a WMM KIC would enhance the innovation ecosystem, education, and entrepreneurship in the relevant sectors, bolstering Europe's leadership in the global water and blue economy.