Offshore energy resources The NPF supports the progressive development of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy potential, including domestic and international grid connectivity through the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) . Wind energy is currently the largest contributor of renewable energy and it has the potential to achieve between 11-16GW of onshore wind and 30GW of offshore wind by 2050 (SEAI, 2016). The sector can make a significant contribution to meeting national energy demands while attaining our energy and emissions targets for 2020 and beyond. The OREDP has designated several areas in Ireland as suitable for development of tidal energy including the South-East Coast. Wave energy is more suitable for development on the west coast. Our Region will be a leader in the development of renewable energy resources through initiatives such as the ESB West Wave Project - which will be the first wave energy project connected to the grid.
Seafood Sector It is an objective to seek investment in the delivery of sustainable actions and development of the seafood sector under existing and future European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programmes. Robust site selection and environmental feasibility and assessment is required in advance of seeking investment.
Island and Coastal Communities It is an objective to seek investment in the sustainable development of infrastructure (physical and social), access (upgraded pier infrastructure, landing facilities and passenger and cargo ferry services), regional connectivity (transport networks and digital), enterprise growthanddeliver initiativesbyLocalAuthorities, Udaras na Gaeltachta, local communities and other stakeholders to strengthen and sustainably growour Region’s island and coastal communities. Robust site selectionandenvironmental feasibility is required in advance of seeking investment including all necessary flood risk assessments.
Renewable offshore energy To promote regional cooperation in terms of offshore renewable energy development, environmental monitoring and awareness of the benefits of realising the Region’s offshore energy potential. Initiatives arising from this objective shall be subject to robust feasibility and site selection, which includes explicit consideration of likely significant effects on European Sites and potential for adverse effects on the integrity of European sites in advance of any development.
Fishing Local Area Group (FLAG) Development Strategies It is an objective to seek the implementation and investment in actions that support the Fishing Local Area Group (FLAG) Development Strategies to support coastal and island communities.
Marine Cluster It is an objective to develop a research driven marine cluster in the Southern Region to support development of Marine ICT and Biotechnology. Initiatives arising from this objective shall be subject to robust feasibility and site selection, which includes flood risk assessment explicit consideration of likely significant effects on European Sites and potential for adverse effects on the integrity of European sites in advance of any development.
Robust site selectionandenvironmental feasibility is required in advance of seeking investment, including all necessary flood risk assessments.
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