IATE Term of the Week: Blue Energy


This year’s World Environment Day on June 5th, 2017, was the first day of the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference, the first UN conference of its kind, that energises efforts to promote ocean sustainability. On June 8th, was also the World Oceans Day and is in this context that the term “blue energy” was chosen as this week’s IATE Term of the Week.


The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission states that:

Our seas and oceans have the potential to become important sources of clean energy. Marine renewable energy, which includes both offshore wind and ocean energy, presents the EU with an opportunity to generate economic growth and jobs, enhance the security of its energy supply and boost competitiveness through technological innovation. […] The potential of the ocean energy sector contributes to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy as well EU’s long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. It also looks over the horizon at this promising new technology and outlines an action plan to help unlock its potential.

Renewable energy, coming from sources like the sun, wind, and tidal power, is the energy of the future. Green energy constitutes a popular term used as an alternative or equivalent to the previous one. Blue-energy, on the other hand, is a form of renewable or green energy. It is evident that the terminology dedicated to environment and more particularly to energy forms and characteristics can be particularly challenging for non-experts that constantly follow its developments or translators specialised in the field.

According to wisegeek.com blue energy, sometimes called ocean energy, is a term for the method of generating electricity through the convergence of both fresh and salt water. This energy can be extracted through a variety of means, including tidal power, current power, wave power, thermal energy conversion, and osmosis. Power may also be collected by harnessing the wind power associated with the body of water — usually the ocean.

Here you can see the entry for blue energy in IATE:


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We suggest that you check some previous IATE Terms of the Week and IATE projects that relate to this topic:

We also encourage you to check related glossaries through our Glossary Links tool and through our recently-updated EU Glossaries‘ list!

Enjoy terminology learning and have a nice weekend!

Written by Katerina PalamiotiTranslator, Social Media and Content Manager, Communication Trainee and Foodie at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament.


  • Gunsch, J., What is Blue Energy? Available at: http://bit.ly/2rd6Wv7 (Accessed on: 09/06/2017)
  • Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European C omission, Blue Energy – Action needed to deliver on the potential of ocean energy in European seas and oceans by 2020 and beyond. Available at: http://bit.ly/2saNHHJ (Accessed on: 09/06/2017)
  • Chhotray, Shilpi. Kicking Off The United Nations Ocean Conference. Ocean Views – National Geographic. Available at: http://bit.ly/2rdjyCv (Accessed on: 08/06/2017)

  • WorldEnvironmentDay.global. Connecting people to nature. Available at: http://bit.ly/2r8DaNj (Accessed on: 08/06/2017)
  • Oceanconference.un.org. Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Available at: http://bit.ly/2slKViJ (Accessed on: 08/06/2017)
  • Pim van Nes, BLUE ENERGY and Emission Reduction. Rotterdam Mainport University of Applied Sciences – RMU. Available at: http://bit.ly/2r99qjl (Accessed on: 09/06/2017)