Scotrenewables are committed to protecting the marine environment and to contributing to the evolving understanding of the potential environmental impacts of the SR2000 and the wider tidal industry. Since the early prototype turbine testing, an environmental monitoring programme has been undertaken around the turbine.
For the SR2000 turbine testing at EMEC a robust Project Specific Environmental Monitoring Plan has been developed in consultation with Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. This programme of work will focus on the potential impacts of the SR2000 on marine mammals and diving birds which regularly use the deployment site. It is hoped that this information will help to inform the environmental impact assessment required for future array scale deployments of the turbine.
Scotrenewables employ a dedicated environmental consents manager to manage the consenting and monitoring programmes associated with the company's test turbines and developments.