RPS developed a Marine Renewable Energy Strategic Framework (MRESF) for marine renewable developments within Welsh Territorial Waters (TWs). The MRESF was completed under the principles of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (and Water Framework Directive (WFD) in coastal waters) and the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Directive.
As the first project of its kind (marine spatial planning) for Wales, it demonstrates a groundbreaking and detailed ‘Approach to Sustainable Development’ for Welsh Territorial Waters.
The four-year project investigated the potential marine renewable energy resource of Welsh TWs; mapped potential development constraints; and considered potential scenarios for the sustainable development of Welsh wave and tidal resources.
Marine Renewable Energy Strategic Framework (MRESF)
Welsh Territorial Waters
One of the key challenges, requiring focus from the outset, was to produce a framework for development that would be useful to regulators and developers in facilitating deployment of marine renewable generation. However, it was also critical that the project, being promoted and funded by the Welsh Government, could not incorporate or be perceived to incorporate any ‘favour’ towards any particular renewable technology.
The project was divided into four stages:
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