A team of European experts, led by the Robert Gordon University, gathered in Aberdeen on 21st and 22nd January 2015 for the RiCORE project inception meeting. The team are to look at ways of accelerating and streamlining the environmental requirements associated with consents for offshore wind, wave and tidal projects.
The RiCORE project has been awarded €1.4 million from the European Commission’s competitive Horizon 2020 programme and comprises teams from Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France and Scotland. The eighteen month project will aim to tackle one of the key barriers to the deployment of offshore energy: consenting and environmental impacts.
RiCORE inception meeting, RGU, Aberdeen 21-22 January 2015
Robert Gordon University’s Professor Peter Strachan, Strategy and Policy Group Lead within the Department of Management, will be speaking at a conference session on Legal Frameworks for Renewables at All Energy 2015 today. Professor Strachan, a member of the academic sub-team for the RiCORE project, is one of six speakers for the session which has been organised by the Centre for Energy Law at the University of Aberdeen.
The session will consider the impact of recent radical changes in the policy and legal frameworks for renewable energy:
Events including the adoption of new guidelines on State Aid by the European Commission, agreement by the EU’s Member States on the framework for climate and energy policy after 2020, and the introduction of new support schemes for renewable electricity are reshaping legal structures for renewables in the UK and throughout the EU. In the session, leading academic commentators on law and the low carbon energy transition will examine some of the major political and legal developments over the last year, and will consider how they may impact on investors, generators, and other businesses involved with the renewable energy sector.
All Energy, which is the largest renewables event in the UK, is being held at Glasgow SECC for the first time. The Legal Frameworks for Renewables session will take place today, 7 May 2015, from 15:30 – 17:00 in Conference Room 6. More details on the session can be found on the conference website. Slides and a supplementary script from Professor Strachan’s presentation will be made available on the RiCORE website News Archive.
The RiCORE project team met in Lisbon, Portugal on the 17th September to discuss the progress of the various workpackages.
The meeting, which took place in the impressive Museu da Electricidade building, focussed on reviewing what has been achieved so far, and what the team will be doing over the next 9 months of the project.
Outputs from the project so far include: Reports on the two expert workshops; a review of the state of the art and future direction of the Survey, Deploy and Monitor policy; an inventory of technology types (within the tidal, wave and offshore wind categories); and a report on the analysis of commonalities and differences in approaches to pre-consent surveys. All of these are available on the Project Outputs page.
The RiCORE project team will participate in the “Data: What you know will help you” session at All Energy 2016 in Glasgow at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. The team will speak on ‘RiCORE: Risk-based Consenting of Offshore Renewable Energy in the European Union’ on Thursday 5 May between 14:30 and 16:15 in Offshore Wind Theatre.
The submitted abstract is shown below:
Consenting and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures are two of the major non-technical barriers to the further expansion of offshore renewable energy (ORE).
RiCORE (Risk-based Consenting of Offshore Renewable Energy) is a HORIZON 2020 funded project* which aims to promote the successful development of ORE in the European Union by developing an environmental risk-based approach to the consenting of ORE projects, 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. The 18 month project, which began in January 2015, has been conducted by a consortium of European partners from France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Scotland.
The project aims to provide guidance on how to potentially improve consenting processes to ensure cost-efficient delivery of the necessary surveys, clear and transparent reasoning for work undertaken, improving knowledge sharing and reducing the non-technical barriers to the development of the ORE sector.
The output from RiCORE includes deliverables over six Work Packages including four expert workshops conducted with relevant stakeholders (with representation from regulators, industry and EIA practitioners). The first workshop considered the practices, methodologies and implementation of pre-consent surveys, post-consent and post-deployment monitoring. The second workshop examined the legal framework in place in the partner Member States (MS) to ensure that the framework developed will be applicable for roll out across these MS and further afield. Two further workshops have involved target stakeholders to develop and refine recommendations and discuss their effective implementation. Additionally, advice on the scope and intensity of pre- and post-consenting requirements will be presented in a risk-based approach perspective.
This presentation will highlight the main findings and draft recommendations from the RiCORE project to date. For further information and associated deliverable reports visit http://ricore-project.eu/
*Grant agreement 646436.
More information on All Energy 2016 is available here:
RiCORE project members are gearing up to take part in the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) Conference in Brussels on Wednesday 14th June. Their session, entitled: “Consenting of offshore renewable energy projects: implementing a risk based approach” forms part of a conference programme dedicated to sustainable energy policy issues.
Sessions at the conference are organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas, while networking events forge alliances.
EUSEW is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power.
For more details on the RiCORE session, the conference, and visit the conference webpages: