Draft Guidance on the preparation of Environment Impact Statements and Natura Impact Statements and Draft Guidance on Marine Baseline Assessments and Monitoring Activities.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., has launched a 12 week public consultation on draft Guidance documents to help support the development of offshore renewable energy in Ireland.
The two draft documents – one on the preparation of Environment Impact Statements (EIS) and Natura Impact Statements (NIS) for offshore renewable energy projects and the other on Marine Baseline Assessments and Monitoring Activities - have been progressed by the Environment Working Group of the Offshore Renewable Energy Steering Group, which was established in 2014 to oversee the implementation of the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan.
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear and transparent manner. The draft Guidance documents build on a workshop organised by the Department in 2015 involving key stakeholders. This public consultation provides the opportunity for further participation by stakeholders and the public. It is hoped that this consultation will help ensure that the Guidance documents are, when finalised, as comprehensive and relevant as possible to developers and practitioners in the offshore renewable energy field.
The public consultation is now closed.
Freedom of Information
The Department is bound by the Freedom of Information legislation and reserves the right to publish all submissions received. Where confidential or commercially sensitive material is included in submissions, this information should be clearly marked as confidential. The non-confidential elements of all submissions received will be published in response to the consultation.