The increasing number of realized offshore wind power plants results in the industry taking on enormous responsibility for protecting and maintaining the marine life.
The protection of the marine environment plays a central role during the planning, construction and operation of offshore windfarms. Before receiving the consent for construction the environmental impacts are analyzed intensively. During two years of environmental impact assessments all relevant subjects of protection like resting and migrating birds, marine mammals, fish and benthos are monitored closely. All these subjects of protection will be monitored during construction and operation as well ensuring that potential changes are identified and can be taken into account for upcoming projects.
»There is no contradiction between extension of offshore wind and the protection of the marine environment – it goes hand in hand.«
During installation of the structures a lot of measures have to be taken to minimize the impacts on the marine life. Noise mitigation measures like bubble curtains or special sleeves around the steel foundations are used to minimize the piling noise and to fulfill the regulatory requirements.
There is no contradiction between extension of offshore wind and the protection of the marine environment – it goes hand in hand.