Thursday, September 24, 2020 / 8:00-9:30am PDT (3:00-4:30pm UTC)
Marine renewable energy (MRE) is an emerging industry with few small deployments, no full-scale commercial projects to date, and remaining uncertainties surrounding the potential risks to marine animals, habitats, and ecosystem processes. To facilitate the consenting/permitting of small numbers of MRE devices, OES-Environmental has developed a risk retirement process, whereby interactions deemed low risk need not be fully investigated for every project. Rather, MRE developers and regulators may rely on what is known from already consented/permitted projects, from related research studies, or from findings from analogous offshore industries.
This webinar provides an overview of the risk retirement process, its development, and several related tools, including the data transferability process and monitoring datasets discoverability matrix. OES-Environmental's outreach and engagement efforts in the development of the risk retirement and data transferability processes will also be highlighted, as well as the feedback received from the greater MRE community on risk retirement for underwater noise, electromagnetic effects, and habitat change.