The North Sea is spatially dominated by either offshore economic activities or reserved areas. A large variety of offshore activities have their claim on the North Sea domain, like fishery, offshore wind energy and offshore hydrocarbon production. Large shipping routes cross through the area and there is always a delicate balance with reserved areas for environmental protection or safety (defence area).
By conducting a progressive and strategic spatial planning this balance between competing interests can be optimised and opportunities can be opened up for new sustainable actors in the offshore energy system. Smart coupling of infrastructure, uses and knowledge can create mutual benefits for the offshore energy system players and can also accelerate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and lower societal costs of the energy transition.
To support this a North Sea Energy Atlas has been developed to create an overview of the data on current and future offshore energy in the North Sea Area. This includes creating an inventory of current energy flows from hydrocarbon production and wind energy, and how these are transported to the onshore energy system. Also potential future grids for hydrogen and CO2 are explored. The result is an interactive online North Sea Energy Atlas that brings you new perspectives regarding our current and future offshore energy system.
This storyline walks you through the highlights of the North Sea Energy Atlas.
The scope and focus of this version of the Atlas is the Dutch Continental Shelf (DCS).
The intended use of this North Sea Energy Atlas is to provide users with quick insights regarding the offshore energy system. The Atlas and data it contains on future developments (e.g. offshore wind deployment) are not intended to be used as basis for detailed spatial planning and investment decisions.
Note that this is a BETA version of the North Sea Energy Atlas. The detailed descriptions of items shown on the maps are not all verified and updated.