The Crown Estate in a new protection partnership

The Crown Estate and UK Government have today launched a new partnership to protect and restore the UK’s precious marine environment, as the nation seeks to chart a course towards net zero emissions by unlocking the green energy potential of the UK seabed.

The partnership, called the Offshore Wind Evidence and Change Programme, will gather and harness data and evidence, to drive forward the growth of UK offshore wind, crucial for the sector as it gears up to meet Government’s 2030 ambitions for 40GW of offshore wind.

The partnership will be led by The Crown Estate, which has committed to a five year £25m ‘kick-starter’ investment for the programme, alongside strategic partners: the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Together with the devolved Governments, the unique collaboration will bring together more than 20 stakeholder organisations and support Government’s wider efforts to develop a vision for the future of the offshore wind sector.

Over a five-year period, the Programme’s strategic research and data projects will provide essential insights to help the sector better understand and address environmental considerations and interactions with other industries and activities, both around the coast and offshore. This will enable a more coordinated and strategic approach to the delivery of the new infrastructure required to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050, ensuring the sector can deliver at pace while protecting the broader natural environment.

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