Workshop Report: Maritime Spatial Planning and Offshore Wind Energy

Abstract: 

This document constitutes the report on a workshop organised in the context of the EU funded CAPACTIY4MSP project. The SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG organised an online discussion workshop ‘Offshore Energy and Maritime Spatial Planning’.  With 60 attendees, the workshop enabled the exchange between the public authorities responsible for maritime spatial planning, offshore wind energy authorities, environmental NGOs and the offshore wind industry. The workshop addressed topics identified as relevant by stakeholders and public authorities. 

Sea Basin(s): 
Year: 
October 2020
Application in MSP: 
Applied in a related process
Sectors: 
Nature protection
Offshore renewable energy production
Submarine cables and pipelines
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Cross-border cooperation
Economic aspects
Environment aspects
Stakeholders
Type of practice: 
Other
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Vision and aims
Stocktake
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Yes
Coherence with other processes: 
Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Renewable Energy Directive

Questions this practice may help answer:

  • What is the role of MSP in allocating and securing space for offshore wind developments?
  • How can spatial planning ensure the development of offshore cables?
  • What are the impacts of offshore wind energy farms?
  • How can MU be integrated in MSP to strengthen the integration between offshore wind farms and other uses?  

Implementation Context:

This document is a report on the workshop organised by the SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG in the context of the EU funded Capacity4MSP project.

Aspects / Objectives:

The ‘Offshore Energy and Maritime Spatial Planning’ workshop provided a platform to discuss what role MSP plays in ensuring that the future offshore wind energy targets are met and to clarify what approaches may be suitable in which circumstances.

Method:

This workshop was divided into four sessions:

(i) Maritime spatial planning (MSP) addressing the national renewable energy targets;

(ii) Spatial planning criteria for offshore cables - interactions with other sectors, with land

interconnectors and across borders;

(iii) Co-location & multi-use of space between the offshore wind farms and other uses – the

need for a collaborative approach to policymaking;

(iv) Offshore wind environmental impacts (positive and negative).

Main Outputs / Results:

This report lists the main conclusions and recommendations highlighted during the event's 4 sessions. The workshop provided a platform to discuss what role MSP plays in ensuring that offshore wind energy targets are met and to clarify what approaches may be suitable in which circumstances. The workshop was also an opportunity to highlight some key lessons learned for countries that are just starting to plan their offshore wind energy, as well as highlighting some of the key industry needs.

Transferability:

This document concerns the workshop organised in the context of the Capaticy4MSP workshops. It targets the Baltic Sea and is thus not transferable to another sea basin. 

Responsible Entity:

Capacity4MSP

VASAB - Vision & Strategies around the Baltic Sea

Funding Source:

VASAB - Vision & Strategies around the Baltic Sea

European Regional Development Fund

Contact person:

VASAB - Vision & Strategies around the Baltic Sea

info@vasab.org