UK - UK Launches Offshore Wind Growth and Marine Protection Programme
The UK Government and The Crown Estate have launched a new partnership focused on the growth of the local offshore wind sector and protecting and restoring the marine environment.
The Offshore Wind Evidence and Change Programme will be led by The Crown Estate, which has committed to a five year GBP 25 million kick-starter investment, alongside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as strategic partners.
Over a five-year period, the programme’s research and data projects will provide insights to help the sector better understand and address environmental considerations and interactions with other industries and activities, both around the coast and offshore.
This is expected to enable a more coordinated and strategic approach to the delivery of the new infrastructure required to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050, ensuring the sector can deliver at pace while protecting the broader natural environment.
Initial projects coming forward include the East Coast Grid Spatial study which will help build an understanding of the interactions that future offshore wind farms on the east coast of England are likely to face when connecting into the electricity network and whether alternative approaches can reduce community and environmental impacts.