Environmental impact of a wind farm: acoustic impact, hazards for marine environment, prevention and monitoring - Trade Events

Environmental impact of a wind farm: acoustic impact, hazards for marine environment, prevention and monitoring

23rd September 2021 (10.00 – 12.00 CET)

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This online workshop will be delivered in English.

Participation in the workshop is by invitation only and prior to registration. For any additional information, please contact: Michal.Sobczyk@scotent.co.uk or janusz.bil@fcdo.gov.uk.

Assessing environmental impacts of offshore wind farms is very important. Offshore wind power provides a valuable source of renewable energy that can help reduce carbon emissions. Technological advances are allowing higher capacity turbines to be installed and in deeper water, but there is still much that is unknown about the effects on the environment. The major environmental concerns related to offshore wind developments are increased noise levels, risk of collisions, changes to benthic and pelagic habitats, alterations to food webs, and pollution from increased vessel traffic or release of contaminants from seabed sediments.

The UK has a very enviable record in the installation and operation of offshore wind. Having installed more than 10 GW the UK has a lot of experience in the development of wind farms. There are many consultancies who can help in environmental impact assessments. During this workshop we will focus on lessons learned and recommendations for the future.

10:00-10:05

Introduction

Michal Sobczyk

Senior Trade Manager – Poland and Baltics
Scottish Development International

Speaker Profile

Janusz Bil

Director, Energy and Mining at the Department for International Trade
British Embassy in Warsaw

Speaker Profile

10:05-10:20

FaunaGuard - Offshore Marine Life Protection

Andrew Gillespie

Programme leader
ACE Aquatec

Speaker Profile

10:20-10:25

Q&A

10:25-10:45

Foundations installation: cutting-edge solutions to mitigate piling noise.

Rafał Libera

Group Integration Manager
Acteon Group

Speaker Profile

10:45-10:50

Q&A

10:50-11:20

Offshore wildlife surveys: Principles of good ecological survey design

Gillian Sutherland

Director of Marine
Apem Ltd

Speaker Profile

11:20-11:25

Q&A

11:25-11:40

Tools for Offshore Installation – Noise Mitigation and Pile to Jacket Grippers

Charlie Whyte

CFO
W3G Marine

Alan West, Managing Director, W3G Marine

11:40-11:45

Q&A

11:45-12:00

Services for Offshore Wind and Underwater Acoustics

Dr Mark-Paul

Managing Director
Xi Engineering Consultants

Speaker Profile

12:00 - 12:10

Closing remarks

Michal Sobczyk

Senior Trade Manager – Poland and Baltics
Scottish Development International

Speaker Profile

Janusz Bil

Director, Energy and Mining at the Department for International Trade
British Embassy in Warsaw

Speaker Profile

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The UK has a very enviable record in the installation of offshore wind. The UK has been driving this market for a number of years now and is the single largest country with the installed base for offshore wind with over 10 GW of installed capacity in UK waters.

 

UK strengths in clean industries:

  • The UK is the world leader in low carbon and the statement on net zero by 2050  was announced recently. This will act as an accelerant for the transition to low carbon economy.
  • We have made sizeable steps in the decarbonising our electricity – we are world leaders in offshore wind with above 10GW of installed capacity and committed to 40GW by 2030.
  • We have driven the cost reduction in offshore wind as well as in solar – enabling cost competitive renewables across the world.
  • Because of the experience gained from installing large number of wind farms (over 30) we have expertise in operation, maintenance and marine services. The UK has engineering and project management expertise that is essential in the successful delivery of offshore wind farms. 
  • The UK has developed a strong and stable regulatory framework to drive investments in the clean growth sectors.
  • The huge scale of the UK industry has led to a growing and innovating offshore wind supply chain capability across the wind farm life-cycle, from surveys and feasibility, to manufacture and supply, installation, operation and maintenance, and related financial and professional services.

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