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Offshore renewable energy

International Protocols have set targets to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases through the use of renewable energy sources. And nationally, a low-carbon economy is actively promoted. The current UK target is to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2020, relative to 1999-2000 levels.

Wind, wave and tidal generation are all key sources of renewable power. Our scientists use their expertise to monitor and advise on the environmental impact of the construction of marine-based renewable energy sources.

Examples of our research in this area include:

Our scientists have also compiled a range of reports for OSPAR, on the environmental impacts of renewable energy developments. We are:

  • advising the Energy Technologies Institute/Carbon Trust on novel offshore wind farm design
  • using Vessel Monitoring System data to determine fishing intensity in relation to offshore wind farm development
  • looking at the effect of pile-driving noise on on the behaviour of marine fish
  • collaborating with other scientists and institutes to investigate the effects of renewable energy cables on marine biota, of windfarms on marine sediments, and the dynamics of scour pits and scour protection.

For more about our work in this field, please see our brochure (PDF, 537 KB) or contact us.

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