Planning offshore renewable energy with nature in mind

Seas At Risk

Abstract: 

Following the release of the EU Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy at the end of 2020, Seas At Risk published a report setting out some principles that offshore renewable energy planning at regional and national levels should adhere to in order to be in line with key EU objectives for biodiversity restoration and nature protection.

Sea Basin(s): 
Year: 
May 2021
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Sectors: 
Nature protection
Offshore renewable energy production
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Environment aspects
Type of practice: 
Guidance
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
No
Coherence with other processes: 
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Question this practice may help answer:

  • How to plan offshore renewable energy taking into consideration nature protection?

Implementation Context:

This report has been developed within the context of the EU Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy, published at the end of 2020, which aims to have 300 GW of wind and 40 GW of ocean energy by 2050.

Aspects / Objectives:

This paper aims to set out some principles that offshore renewable energy planning at regional and national levels should adhere to in order to be consistent with key EU objectives for biodiversity restoration and nature protection.

Main Outputs / Results:

The results of this report are listed as guiding principles for regional and national planning and divided between:

4.1 Regional planning

4.2 Ecosystem-based maritime spatial planning

4.3 Impact assessments  

4.4 Monitoring, research and mitigation

4.5 Circularity

Transferability:

The guidance presented in this study can be applied to any MSP context. 

Responsible Entity:

Seas At Risk

Costs / Funding Source:

LIFE Programme

Contact person:

Seas At Risk

Rue de la Charité 22, 1210 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: +32 (0)2 329 0124

E-mail: secretariat@seas-at-risk.org

Twitter: @SeasAtRisk

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