Environmental interactions of tidal lagoons: a comparison of industry perspectives
van der Weijde, AH
© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Tidal lagoons are an attractive renewable energy option that could aid the UK in meeting its ambitious renewable energy targets. One of the main barriers to tidal range development in the UK to date has been regulatory environmental concern. In order for the nascent lagoon industry to move forward into development, the views of the developers and other influential stakeholders such as government bodies, regulators, conservationists and practitioners (herein referred to as ‘influencing stakeholders’ or ‘influencers’) need to be aligned. This study is the first of its kind using online questionnaires and semi-structured interviews to present and compare the views of both developers and influencing stakeholders on the environmental interactions of tidal lagoons. We find that, whilst both influencers and developers are working towards the common goal of a good environmental outcome for tidal lagoons, there are mismatches in their views in terms of the priorities given to the key environmental impacts, benefits and potential solution options. The work provides insight into what is at the forefront of developers’ and influencers’ minds, highlighting the key themes within their views and transforming this information into policy recommendations that will help the industry’s development move forward.
Thank you to all industry engagement participants. This article was written based on work conducted for an EngD, sponsored by Black & Veatch at the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE)  a consortium of the University of Exeter, University of Edinburgh and University of Strathclyde. IDCORE is funded by both the Energy Technologies Institute and the Research Councils Energy Programme (grant number EP/J500847).
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Available online 5 December 2017