MOET - Managing the Environmental Sustainability of the Offshore Energy Transition
Active projectProject start: February 2022 | Project end: March 2027
Principal Investigator: Jerry Blackford
Other participants from PML: Nicola Beaumont, Ricardo Torres, Marius Dewar, Lizzi Gabe-Thomas, Muchamed Al Azhir, Stephen Watson
The UK Government has committed to achieve net zero by 2050, with an aspiration to keep global mean temperature rise to below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. The UK energy sector has already embarked on the transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy as a means to sustain prosperity while achieving net zero. The UK’s energy transition will require increased development of offshore wind, storage of blue and green hydrogen, and CO2 storage. Interaction of these with often sensitive marine environments (subsurface, seabed, water column), and other marine based activities (fishing, aggregate extraction, cables, shipping), creates potentially significant new challenges for the protection and optimal use of these spaces.
PML will undertake this major research project in conjunction the British Geological Survey and National Oceanography Centre to create new national capability that will support future policy-making and marine planning.