The consenting of offshore renewable energy is often cited as one of the main non-technical barriers to the development of this sector. A significant aspect of this is the uncertainty inherent in the potential environmental impacts of novel technology. To ensure consents are compliant with EU and national legislation, such as the Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Directive, costly and time consuming surveys are required even for perceived lower risk technologies in sites which may not be of highest environmental sensitivity.
It is therefore the aim of the RiCORE project to establish a risk-based approach to consenting where the level of survey requirement is based on the environmental sensitivity of the site, the risk profile of the technology and the scale of the proposed project.
RiCORE will study the legal framework in place in the partner Member States to ensure the framework developed will be applicable for roll out across these Member States and further afield.
Funding: European Comission (Horizon 2020)
WavEC Coordinator: Teresa Simas
Total Funding (Requested EU contribution): € 1 393 533
WavEC Funding: € 196 775
Duration: 1 January 2015 – 30 June 2016 (18 months)
Coordinator: The Robert Gordon University, Scotland
Partners: The Robert Gordon University, Marine Scotland, University College Cork, Fundacion AZTI – Tecnalia, E-CUBE Strategy Consultants, WavEC Offshore Renewables.