SSE Renewables has set out its vision to better co-exist with fisheries when building and developing offshore wind energy in Ireland.
Its new report outlines the steps taken by SSE Renewables to build upon the existing relationship within the fishing industry and how both sectors can positively co-exist in the environment.
The inaugural report focuses on the development processes and presents SSE Renewables’ key principles of communication, collaboration and co-existence, which aim to facilitate more synergy when co-locating with the fishing industry by minimising negative impact and maximising shared benefits.
The report lays out SSE Renewables’ commitment to ensuring all its operations are built on a framework that understands, acknowledges and seeks to address the fisheries sector’s concerns and viewpoints and allows fishers to comment on development activities.
Barry Kilcline, Head of Offshore (Ireland) for SSE Renewables, said: “The transition to net zero must be fair which is why we are working proactively and collaboratively with commercial fisheries across all jurisdictions that we operate within to understand their needs and concerns.
“The development and building of offshore wind energy at scale and pace is essential for meeting global net zero targets, however, it is crucial we appreciate that there are other marine users who may be affected by our activities.
“We are committed to working with commercial fisheries which is why we’ve published a report of this nature for the first time. It underlines our vision to build upon our existing relationships with our neighbours in the marine environment as we continue to accelerate the growth of our offshore wind portfolio.”