Interim report on barriers, accelerators and lessons learned from all wave energy site experiences
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The success of a wave energy project development lies in various aspects. One of them is whether or not the licensing process is appropriate for this kind of project. Identifying the barriers and accelerators within the wave energy project development processes is a key requirement towards making recommendations for streamlining of ocean wave farms impact assessment. As part of the Work Package 2 of the SOWFIA project, a Workshop was held and questionnaires were conducted across Europe in order to gather EU-wide experience of the consenting process. As a result of the findings of the Workshop, the questionnaires are focused particularly on the stakeholder involvement in the process and the role they might have regarding the projects development. This report analyses the conclusions obtained in the Workshop and the experiences described in the questionnaires to identify from real project developers‟ experiences the barriers and accelerators of the consenting process and suggest recommendations for the streamlining of the procedure. The analysis of the questionnaires has been structured by country. The countries analysed in this report are those in which at least one questionnaire was submitted. These countries are the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The recommendations for the streamlining made in this report will be used as a basis for future Workshops in the SOWFIA programme of work with the clear objective of refining the recommendations from project developer, stakeholder and regulating authorities perspective in order to make realistic and effective guidelines for improving and streamlining impact assessment and project approval processes both at European and National levels.
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