Videos to inspire – nature restoration and offshore energy infrastructure can go hand in hand
Nov 30, 2022

We are delighted to share eight new videos showcasing successful nature restoration practices linked to offshore energy infrastructure. These videos feature interviews with OCEaN members and presenters who participated in our conference Speeding up Nature Positive Offshore Energy Infrastructure Deployment – and are shining examples of what is already possible, and what we should strive to scale up!

OCEaN’s Statement on the upcoming EU Restoration Law
Jun 14, 2022

NGOs, wind industry and Transmission System Operators (TSOs), working collaboratively in OCEaN, call for a strong EU Restoration Law with clear and quantifiable legally binding targets, as well as implementation and enforcement rules that enable ecologically-sound offshore wind and electricity grid deployment.

RGI calls for balanced approach on inclusion of Lead in Authorisation List under REACH Regulation due to its needed use in electricity subsea cables
May 02, 2022

The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) calls for a balanced approach on the inclusion of Lead in the Authoristation List under the REACH Regulation in view of its needed use in subsea cables. Making Lead subject to extensive authorisation requirements would undermine European decarbonisation efforts and increase European dependence on imports.

Call for Submissions for the RGI 'Good Practice of the Year' award 2022 now open!
May 02, 2022

The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) is searching for the latest innovative practices which work towards the system integration of renewables in an inclusive and environmentally friendly way. Anyone is welcome to apply: NGOs, TSOs, project developers, regulators, permitting bodies and representatives of EU-funded projects alike. Projects and practices that support sustainable development of offshore energy infrastructure and protection of our marine ecosystems are welcome to apply by 17 June 2022!

Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) to be expanded to the Mediterranean
Apr 21, 2022

During the WindEurope Annual Event 2022 in Bilbao, TSOs, industry and NGOs committed to collaborate on the expansion of the Offshore Coalition for Energy and Nature (OCEaN) to the Mediterranean Sea. The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) had invited them to the side event “Connecting offshore and nature protection in the Mediterranean Sea” along with EU institutions to discuss the sustainable expansion of offshore wind and grid development.

OCEaN German WG: Six recommendations for a nature-friendly development of offshore wind energy
Nov 04, 2021

The German Working Group of OCEaN has just published "Six recommendations for a nature-friendly development of offshore wind energy". They are an appeal to the coalition partners of the future German government to include these measures in the coalition agreement in order to achieve climate neutrality in Germany by 2045 and implement the European Climate Law and Europe-wide climate neutrality by 2050.

Study Launch: Offshore Biodiversity Data and Monitoring
Oct 07, 2021

RGI launched the study "A Review of Biodiversity Data Needs and Monitoring Protocols for the Offshore Wind Energy Sector in the Baltic Sea and North Sea" by author PJ Stephenson. The study commissioned by RGI is a building block towards transparent and comparable data as well as harmonised monitoring practices and a streamlined collaboration among stakeholders.

BirdLife Summary Report: How Offshore Wind Impacts Seabirds
Sep 29, 2021

BirdLife International published a Summary Report on the "Impact of offshore wind development on seabirds in the North Sea and Baltic Sea: Identification of data sources and at-risk species". The report identifies possible impacts of the growing offshore wind development on already endangered seabirds in the North and Baltic Seas and indicates how data can be used to mitigate these risks posed to marine wildlife in order for the clean energy transition to happen while protecting biodiversity.

Webinar: Nature inclusive design of offshore infrastructure
Nov 27, 2020

Our webinar, “Nature inclusive design of offshore infrastructure - How can we design offshore systems to safeguard healthy marine ecosystems?” on 27 November includes presentations by and discussions with two practitioners closely involved in the search for solutions to ensure that healthy marine ecosystems are safeguarded in all offshore infrastructure development.