Co-designing opportunities towards the development of Irish offshore wind

dc.contributor.authorJudge, Frances M.en
dc.contributor.authorCummins, Valerieen
dc.contributor.authorO’Hagan, Anne Marieen
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Jimmyen
dc.contributor.funderScience Foundation Irelanden
dc.contributor.funderUniversity College Corken
dc.descriptionStudy on State bandwidth for offshore winden
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study is to assess the capacity within Government departments and associated State agencies in terms of human resources to deliver Ireland’s offshore wind targets (e.g. 3.5GW by 2030), and make recommendations on the investment in human resources required. Discussions were held with representatives from a number of Government departments and agencies to determine the numbers of people currently engaged in work relating to offshore wind and to gain an understanding of the tasks that must still be accomplished before offshore wind turbines can be installed in Irish waters. The planning and consenting process for offshore wind in Scotland was also investigated to see if there are lessons to be learned by Ireland from the Scottish experience. It was found that there are a number of potential bottlenecks within the consenting process that must be addressed if Ireland’s offshore wind targets are to be met. It is likely that An Bord Pleanála will receive a surge of offshore wind farm applications from Relevant Projects in 2021/2022; therefore, it is recommended that a minimum of 10 staff within An Bord Pleanála should be dedicated to processing these applications. Both the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment will need additional resourcing to ensure efficient marine planning and consenting processes. It is also recommended that resources are fed into the statutory consultees to ensure proper consultation and to prevent challenges on nature conservation grounds creating lengthy delays. For this reason also, the establishment of a coordinated scientific research and data collection programme is recommended to support the marine spatial planning and consenting processes.en
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.description.versionPublished Versionen
dc.identifier.citationJudge, F., Cummins, V., O’Hagan, A. M. and Murphy, J. (2020) Co-designing opportunities towards the development of Irish offshore wind, EirWind Project, D4.8 (13pp). doi: 10.5281/zenodo.4130053en
dc.publisherMaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute, University College Corken
dc.relation.ispartofEirWind Work Package 4: Governanceen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEirWind Project; D4.8en
dc.relation.projectinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SFI/SFI Research Centres/12/RC/2302/IE/Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) - The SFI Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Research/en
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dc.subjectIreland’s offshore wind targetsen
dc.subjectHuman resourcesen
dc.titleCo-designing opportunities towards the development of Irish offshore winden
dc.titleStudy on State bandwidth for offshore winden
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