SWEEP Marine Lead and Professor of Ocean and Society at the Univerity of Plymouth, Mel Austen, provided expert evidence to the EU Environment Sub-Committee as part of its North Sea energy cooperation and Net Zero inquiry.
Lords Select Committees have a remit to consider policy and budgetary issues, scrutinise government, and review proposals for new legislation on a range of topics. The EU Environment Sub-Committee sits under the European Union Select Committee, and has a particular focus on EU policy on agriculture, energy, climate change, the environment, food, fisheries, biosecurity and public health.
Professor Austen was one of three experts invited to participate in a North Sea energy cooperation and Net Zero session (17 March 2021), which focussed on the potential ecological impacts of offshore wind development in the North Sea. The session covered topics such as:
- how well the ecological impacts of offshore wind are understood;
- the availability and use of technological mitigations;
- international cooperation on these issues;
- the relevant policy and delivery frameworks that in place and how these could be improved.