Guidance on EIS and NIS Preparation for Offshore Renewable Energy Projects
The practice was commissioned by the Environmental Working Group of the Offshore Renewable Energy Steering Group to prepare a guidance document for offshore energy developers. The guidance focuses on the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Natura Impact Statements (NIS) accompanying foreshore licensing applications for marine renewable energy. Taking into account and building on EU and national requirements as well as guidance and best practice from the EU Commission, OSPAR, ICES and the Irish Government, it outlines a process by which the assessments should be approached in the context of the implementation of the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan. It builds on a workshop held with key stakeholders in 2015 and a public consultation which closed in December 2016. The aim is to assist developers in preparing the relevant statements that may be required for the development of projects and also to provide competent authorities, consultation bodies and the public with a basis for determining the adequacy of these statements.