Environmental impact of a wind farm: acoustic impact, hazards for marine environment, prevention and monitoring
23rd September 2021 (10.00 – 12.00 CET)
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.
FaunaGuard - Offshore Marine Life Protection
I lead the FaunaGuard programme, at ACE Aquatec, which is a strategic partnership with Van Oord that makes innovative modular acoustic systems available to marine contractors.
I am responsible for all commercial operations from winning business to fulfilling customer project requirements and defining the development strategy for the FaunaGuard product suite.
Prior to joining ACE Aquatec, I held roles in the healthcare sector, in sports coaching and development and also in schools, in UK and abroad, promoting English as a Foreign Language.
Foundations installation: cutting-edge solutions to mitigate piling noise.
Rafal is the Group Integration Manager at Acteon Group, a global marine energy and infrastructure services provider. At Acteon, we help our clients design, construct and operate complex offshore renewable projects. In my role, I am responsible for developing and implementing business strategies that enable us to offer innovative solutions that respond to the needs of the offshore wind sector. Prior to Acteon, I worked at a top international law firm advising clients on the structuring and financing of large scale power and infrastructure projects as well as on UK & EU energy regulation.
Offshore wildlife surveys: Principles of good ecological survey design
Gillian Sutherland is Director of Marine within APEM, a multidisciplinary environmental consultancy. She has over 15 years of experience in environment and consenting of the offshore wind industry and stakeholder engagement. Formerly Head of Environment with a global renewable utility Iberdrola, she has worked on all aspects of environmental compliance of offshore wind during development and construction stages and lifecycle ecological monitoring plans in UK, Germany and the US. She has been actively engaged in influencing policy and environmental legislation relating to Strategic Environmental Assessment, EU Habitats and Birds Directives and Marine Spatial Framework Directive and on many technical steering groups working to key industry topics such as DEPONS and the UK Offshore Strategic Monitoring Research Forum. APEM specialise in digital aerial surveys of birds and marine mammals, marine ecology and protected species consulting including Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessment and statistical modelling.
Services for Offshore Wind and Underwater Acoustics
Dr Mark-Paul Buckingham is the Managing Director of Xi Engineering Consultants, an innovative engineering firm based in Edinburgh. He has been actively engaged in onshore and offshore wind projects for the past 15 years and sits on the International Standards Organisation (ISO) group for wind turbines. He is also an active member of both RenewableUk and Scottish Renewables.
Xi’s work, led by Dr Buckingham is often responsible for reducing barriers to deployment of renewables. He was responsible for freeing up over 1GW of Onshore development in Scotland due to seismic vibration levels of turbines. This work was conducted for the Eskdalemuir Working Group formed of DECC, MOD, Scottish Government, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and several wind turbine deployment companies. Xi Engineering Consultants assist wind turbine developers to understand the impact of acoustic and vibration to mitigate these concerns and develop sites. Dr Buckingham also has extensive experience in working within both public and private sectors and his role includes assistance in the development of standards. He has also led Xi Engineering Consultants to numerous solutions resolving issues relating to wind turbines around the world. He has extensive experience working directly with manufacturers to improve their devices and the developers/operators of such systems.
Dr Buckingham has a bachelor’s with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh School of Mechanical Engineering focusing on the dynamics of Complex Composite Structures. The PhD thesis covered the measurement and reduction of vibrations within various systems and structures. He is also an associate member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
12:00 - 12:10
The Department for International Trade (DIT) promotes British businesses worldwide. DIT is an international trade department, responsible for:
- Bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed;
- Promoting British trade and investment across the world;
- Building the global appetite for British goods and services.
DIT is looking to attract inward investors into the UK while at the same time making sure that companies in the UK can export their goods to the wider world.
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.
Scottish Development International is Scotland’s trade and foreign direct investment agency.
Scottish Development International is Scotland’s trade and foreign direct investment agency. Its aim is to encourage more overseas businesses to set up a location here, invest in Scottish businesses or buy Scottish products. We do this by providing information, partnering with businesses and investors who want to set up or invest here, and helping businesses find the connections they need.
We can also help businesses around the world access the huge range of high quality products and services offered in Scotland. Whether you’re looking to import our top-quality products – from whisky and salmon to cutting-edge tech – access our professional services or use our specialised expertise for your project, we can help you find the suppliers you need.