LONDON — The Offshore Wind Evidence & Knowledge Hub (OWEKH), an initiative funded by the UK’s Crown Estate’s Offshore Wind Evidence & Change Program, is working on a new sector-wide open portal to help streamline the consenting process.
It has invited consultations with interested parties. Data and evidence collected within the knowledge hub will be curated and interpreted by a Community of Practice, the aim being to reduce repetition in consenting through offering informed insight and analysis.
DEFRA, the Offshore Wind Industry Council Pathways to Growth, and the Institute for Environment Management and Assessment have formed a steering group, with Atkins providing stakeholder engagement and development of the digital portal.
Once complete, developers, regulators, marine specialists and others will be able to access past impact assessment documents, industry knowledge, large-scale datasets and academic references to inform their work.
That in turn should help speed up the consenting process, also aligning with other work the Crown Estate is undertaking, led through the Marine Data Exchange, said to be the world’s largest database of offshore renewables survey data, research and evidence.