What does the group focus on?

The group has selected a limited number of measures in the North Sea Region 2020 strategy document to focus on the next 2–3 years:

Develop catalogue and action plan for climate adaptation
The group will work with member regions to develop an action plan for climate adaptation that they can take forward in own organisations.

Promote innovations and growth in low-carbon technology in various sectors
Focus for the group will be on developing energy related project ideas in the fields of ‘Gas in transition’, ‘Bio-based energy/economy’, ‘Smart cities and regions’, ‘Off shore wind and North Sea energy grid’ and ‘Tidal and blue energy.

Develop a ‘Hydrogen Strategy’ for the North Sea Region
The group will work closely with the HyTrEc project and develop a strategy document for Hydrogen within the North Sea region and develop a Hydrogen corridor. The group will also work to put the issue on the EU agenda through dialogue with the EU Commission and European Parliament.

North Sea grid
The group will work in close partnership with the CPMR Energy group to safeguard the interest of peripheral areas in relation to a North Sea energy grid, for example by developing policy recommendations.

For more information, please download the Action Plan 2019-2020.

How is the work organised?

The work is mainly organised in plenary group meetings.


The group is politically led by a Chair and two vice-chairs and supported by an advisor

Chair: Cllr. Jimmy Gray, Highland Council
Vice-chair: Cllr. Jon-Olav Strand, Aust-Agder fylkeskommune
Vice-chair: Cllr. Tjisse Stelpstra, Province of Drenthe/SNN
Advisor: Claudia Cowie, Aberdeenshire