Roundtable on environmental legislation and consenting procedures for ocean energy
19th February 2016
Brussels, Berlaymont building (Salle Jean Rey)
13.30 – 17.00
The Ocean Energy Forum's draft Strategic Roadmap for the ocean energy sector identified de-risking environmental consenting as one of the key challenges for the sector. Correctly implementing environmental legislation and having coherent consenting/licensing procedures in place are important for obtaining a social license to operate, also for ocean energy projects. However, consenting risk for ocean energy projects is still considered to be high. Several issues have been raised in the context of the Ocean Energy Forum, including:
questions regarding the difficulty of fitting new activities (such as ocean energy) into existing frameworks
questions regarding the proportionality of costs of environmental assessment and monitoring for small pilot projects
questions about processing and sharing of the knowledge and data gathered through environmental assessments and monitoring
At this roundtable, officials from the European Commission's Environment department will present the EU regulatory framework applicable to ocean energy projects and interact with consenting authorities and industry to discuss these and other issues. This roundtable will help the Ocean Energy Forum to develop proposals to tackle the challenge of de-risking consenting procedures.
You will find a draft agenda attached.
Space will be limited. You are kindly requested to register here.