What we do

What we do & how we are funded

Our Vision and Mission

In order to meet the needs of a world population of almost 10 billion in 2050, there is no doubt we will have to make more sustainable and effective use of the our oceans and seas, including the North Sea. This is in line with UN’s 14th Sustainable Development Goal. To do so, we believe that we need to think about offshore structures in a new way: rather than developing structures for one particular purpose and removing them to shore when we don’t need them for that particular purpose any more, we should explore how to maximize the number of (ecosystem) services that can be provided by these structures in one place. Building and transporting offshore structures from virgin material costs a lot of resources and energy. Placing them on the seabed, so they can be safely used, disturbs surrounding marine communities. Taking them away, once again disturbs marine life.

We envision that a future resilient North Sea is based on more intelligent design and management of offshore structures and smarter funding mechanisms for ecosystem restoration and sustainable use of its resources.

Our mission is to

  • Stimulate research-based knowledge, case-by-case experience and stakeholder engagement around the relation between offshore infrastructure, ecosystem services and other societal values in the North Sea;
  • Develop and demonstrate a next best practise in design, management and decommissioning of offshore energy installations that maximizes ecosystem and wider societal benefits;
  • Inspire innovation in the offshore energy sector that helps to maximize ecosystem services provided by offshore structures, while making the best possible use of natural resources in line with the principles of a circular economy;
  • Push for the creation of innovative mechanisms for funding sustainable development and improved ecosystem resilience in the North Sea.

Our activities are fully determined by our mission, our assessment of what we need to do now, to best serve this mission and our ability to raise funds for our activities, without loosing our independence of sectoral interests.

To get to know more about specific activities, including our work on an International Forum for Offshore energy and Marine Ecosystems (IFOME), please go to our Activities & IFOME page.

How we are funded

The work of North Sea Futures Denmark IVS is funded by independent sources.

For 2017, we received a grant from the Velux Foundations. The Velux Foundations – Villums fonden and Velux fonden – were established by Villum Kann Rasmussen – the founder of VELUX and other companies in the VKR Group, whose mission it is to bring daylight, fresh air and a better environment into people’s everyday lives. They provide grants for science, environmental, social and cultural purposes in Denmark and abroad.

For 2018, we are seeking funding from independent foundations as well as industry and government.