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. The guidance is currently on public consultation. Details can be found here: http://www.dccae.gov.ie/energy/en-ie/Pages/Consultation/Public-Consultation-on-draft-Guidance-Documents-for-Offshore-Renewable-Energy-Development.aspx