The OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World builds on and serves as an update and a complement to the 2013 Final Report for Phase 1 of OES-Environmental and the 2016 State of the Science Report. Its content reflects the most current and pertinent published information about interactions of marine renewable energy (MRE) devices and associated infrastructure with the animals and habitats that make up the marine environment. It has been developed and reviewed by over 60 international experts and scientists from around the world as part of an ongoing effort supported by the OES collaboration that operates within the International Technology Cooperation Framework of the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Some of the chapters in the 2020 State of the Science Report contained more information and technical details than could be accommodated in the main report. These materials appear as supplementary materials, which are linked within the 2020 State of the Science Report itself and available for download on the 2020 State of the Science Report Supplementary Materials page.
Chapter 9: Social and Economic Data Collection for Marine Renewable Energy discusses data collection needs for addressing social and economic effects of MRE development for consenting. The social and economic effects of MRE are a necessary consideration for the consenting of projects (including planning, siting, and project design) and for strategic planning processes. Social and economic effects can include impacts on people, communities, jobs, wages, and revenues.
The Chapter 9 Supplementary Material provides examples of social and economic data and information for baseline data collection and development/operational data collection.