Taking a broader view on ocean space

Seizing opportunities and managing risk

The ocean space is a key resource for energy, food, minerals, leisure, and transportation. It represents huge potential for value creation. Yet data and knowledge about the ocean space is scarce, and concerns are rising over its health and sustainability.

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Addressing opportunities and risks in the ocean space requires a holistic approach – a broader view

At DNV GL, we acknowledge the need for an integrated, cross-sector approach to ensure sustainable activities related to the sea. We were born out of the ocean industry more than 150 years ago. Safeguarding the ocean space is integral to our vision of having global impact for a safe and sustainable future.

DNV GL is committed to contributing to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to the specific goal of sustainable management of sea life (SDG 14), activities related to the sea make important contributions to other areas, such as; reducing poverty (SDG 1), food production (SDG 2), health (SDG 3), energy (SDG 7), employment and economic growth (SDG 8), innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9) and climate action (SDG 13).

We apply some of the world’s leading subject matter experts to address technology, environment and business risks and opportunities relevant to a wide range of ocean-related issues and industries. Our unrivaled combination of disciplines and cross-industry experience allows you to reduce cost and environmental impact, increase quality, work smarter, reduce time to market for new technologies, and assess and verify compliance with regulation or best practice.

Ocean Space research programme

Risks and opportunities in the future of ocean space industries

Offshore renewables

Read how we help deal with technical and business challenges of generating energy offshore

Aquaculture going offshore

Safe and sustainable food production in new environments

Subsea facilities

Read about industry best practices and technical assurance and advisory services related to subsea installations

Sustainable oceans

Read about technologies for sustainable oceans in our Technology Outlook 2025

Regenerative ocean economy

Read about risks and opportunities in the regenerative ocean economy in our Global Opportunity Report 2016

Recommended practice for seabed mining

Download our recommended practice on managing environmental aspects of seabed mining

SDG 14: Life below water

Read the assessment of 'Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water' from our Future of Spaceship Earth report

Some of DNV GL's services within ocean space.

24 September 2018

DNV GL unveils the complexity of ocean governance in report for the UN Global Compact

The ocean is referred to as the new economic frontier with a capacity for significant economic growth. It covers two thirds of the surface of the Earth and is crucial for the well-being and prosperity of current and future generations. Many of the challenges the Ocean faces, however, including ocean plastics, biodiversity loss and climate change transcend the capacity of a single state or a single industry to address.

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