Environmental Baseline Study

For the Development of Renewable Energy Sources, in the Irish and North Seas (BEAGINS)

Published: 25/10/2017

The development of an offshore renewable energy system in the Irish and North seas represents a significant opportunity toward meeting the European Union’s energy, climate, growth and employment objectives. The region has a vast renewable energy potential that could provide a significant share of Europe’s power supply by 2030 and beyond. Furthermore, such a regional energy system could also contribute to the further integration and flexibility of the electricity market in northwest Europe, which is an important step toward a single European electricity market and maintained energy security within the EU.

To ensure that environmental impacts are appropriately considered in the development of such an offshore energy system, the European Commission has appointed a multi-disciplinary team to prepare an environmental study.

This Baseline Environmental Report, prepared by Ecofys, a Navigant company, and RPS, sets out the effects of future energy and grid scenarios up to 2030.  The future energy and grid scenarios have been developed as a complementary part of the study in the form of a Regional Concept Report. The study area includes the territorial waters of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The report offers the first-ever overview of detailed environmental data and indicators for renewable energy deployment in the entire Northern and Irish seas and provides recommendations for enhanced spatial planning.

Find the executive summary and full report available at: ec.europa.eu
The main findings were also summarised in a presentation.

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