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The Marine & Coastal Access Bill – Getting the Balance Right. Charles Anglin Communications Director , BWEA. About BWEA BWEA represents the wind, wave & tidal sectors in the UK Over 470 members, large & small from all sectors 30 members of staff based in Westminster.

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The Marine & Coastal Access Bill – Getting the Balance Right

Charles Anglin

Communications Director, BWEA


  • About BWEA Right

  • BWEA represents the wind, wave & tidal sectors in the UK

  • Over 470 members, large & small from all sectors

  • 30 members of staff based in Westminster


  • Offshore wind industry Right

    • UK 15% renewable energy target by 2020 – 35% of electricity

    • SEA UK coastal waters to identify up to 33GW worth of potential offshore sites for wind farms

    • Round 3 process to allocate 9 zones complete by end of year – 20 - 25GW offshore likely by 2020

    • Marine policy could restrict ability to deliver on targets


  • Our view of the Bill Right

    • A good Bill – need new offshore planning regime

    • Support certainty over environmental designations

    • Offshore is working as well as living environment




  • Marine Management Organisation needs

    • Must be more than just another nature conservation agency

    • Revised remit much better – “furthering sustainable development”

    • Resourcing remains a problem – need guarantees over energy & planning expertise



  • MCZ designation needs

    • Identification of potential sites based on science

    • Designation needs to consider wider socio-economic issues

    • Regional stakeholder panels secretariat must have socio-economic expertise

    • MMO should advise Ministers on sustainable development


Continuing the Dialogue needs

  • Industry wants to be responsible part of marine community

  • Must avoid false conflict between conservation vs sustainable development

  • Mustn't be excluded from ongoing process:

    • Marine Plans

    • Marine Policy Statement

    • Designation of MCZs


Thank you needs


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