Posters - WindEurope Annual Event 2024

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We would like to invite you to come and see the posters at our upcoming conference. The posters will showcase a diverse range of research topics, and will give delegates an opportunity to engage with the authors and learn more about their work. Whether you are a seasoned researcher or simply curious about the latest developments in your field, we believe that the posters will offer something of interest to everyone. So please join us at the conference and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage with your peers in the academic community. We look forward to seeing you there!

PO059: How to avoid and minimise environmental impacts from offshore wind and grid infrastructure

Ana Miljanović Rusan, Junior Manager - Offshore Energy & Nature, Renewables Grid Initiative


As part of the Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) - a unique collaboration between NGOs, transmission system operators (TSOs) and wind industry, Renewables Grid Initiative and the North Sea Foundation are coordinating the workstream on providing an overview of mitigation measures being applied within offshore wind farms and grid infrastructure. The goal of this workstream was to address the fragmented state of knowledge on the topic and to find a common ground between different stakeholders. For the four different phases off an Offshore Wind Farm (Designing, Construction, Operation and End of Life) a framework, detailing pressures, receptors and impacts for four different life stages of offshore wind and grid infrastructure, was created. Then, mitigation measures for identified pressures and impacts were collected working together with Members of OCEaN and added to the aforenoted framework. Listed mitigation measures are those that all stakeholders can stand behind and would advocate for their promotion. All mitigation measures are categorized according to the mitigation hierarchy (avoid, minimize, restore), their status of development offshore (concept, tested, implemented) and are accompanied by information on their implementation. This overview will allow the investigation of the effectiveness, challenges/gaps, offsite compensation and cumulative impacts for each mitigation measure. The result of this effort will give a comprehensive overview of the different pressures and impacts offshore wind farms and grid infrastructure have on biodiversity and which mitigation measures can be implemented to avoid and/or minimize those pressures and impacts in order to achieve nature-friendly offshore energy.

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