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Vision, Mission and Values

OES covers all forms of energy generation, in which sea water forms the motive power, through its physical and chemical properties.

OES does not presently cover offshore wind generation, since sea water is not the motive power (it is covered by the Wind Energy Energy Technology Initiative).

As the authoritative international voice on ocean energy we collaborate internationally to accelerate the viability, uptake and acceptance of ocean energy systems in an environmentally acceptable manner.


Using our unique position as an intergovernmental organisation, the OES role within the contex tof this vision is to:

  • Connect organisations and individuals working in the ocean energy sector to acceleratedevelopment and enhance economic and environmental outcomes
  • Educate people globally on the nature of ocean energy systems, the current status ondevelopment and deployment, and the beneficial impacts of such systems, improve skillsand enhance research.
  • Inspire governments, agencies, corporate and individuals to become involved with thedevelopment and deployment of ocean energy systems
  • Facilitate education, research, development and deployment of ocean energy systems ina manner that is beneficial for the environment and provides an economic return for thoseinvolved.

It is recognised that this vision, and the role played by OES, must embrace the full range of Ocean Energy Technologies. Continuing effort will be given to ensuring that projects that deliver on the potential for Wave, Tidal Range, Tidal and Ocean Currents, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) and Salinity Gradients.


OES's Vision and Critical Succes Factors


To ensure that OES leadership we have developed a set of values that defines our attitude, behaviour and character. These values will guide our actions:

  • Integrity – any information provided can be relied upon.
  • Outcome Oriented – we are driven by pragmatic solutions that enhancethe global community.
  • Knowledgeable – all information is based on fact and we ensure that we always have the most relevant and up-to-date researched facts available. Inspirational – our performance and our members are committed to providing inspired and collaborative information to accelerate the implementation of environmentally friendly ocean energy systems globally.
  • Collegial (including a commitment to each other) - we are committed to working professionally with each other in the pursuit of our audacious goal.


It has been identified that one of the core pillars of the Strategic Plan for OES is that of ‘A strong communications capability’. Central to this is a set of brand values that sets the tone and manner of those communications. Using the organisational values as the core platform, but using the values and direction of IEA as the umbrella to ensure total consistency, we have defined the OES brand values as being:

  • Trusted Independent Source – where the information gained is trusted to be up-to-date, free of any commercial or other vested interests,relevant and practical such that reliance on it will enable forward momentum.
  • Substantiated Knowledge – where the information gained is supported by respected and well researched and documented fact rather that the opinion of the author/supplier.
  • Inspiring – a relationship with OES-IA will provides inspiring and supportive leadership in the global development of ocean energy systems throughout the total supply chain.
  • Caring for Society and the Environment – from every perspective the development of ocean energy systems is done in a manner that enhances the global community, protects the environment and provides a base from which improvement to society will emerge.
  • Collaborative Sharing - we will all succeed as a result of collaboration and sharing in all areas of the ocean energy supply chain. OES-IA will live out this value in all that is does.


The OES is organised under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) but is functionally and legally autonomous. Views, findings and publications of the OES do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or its individual member countries.