ORJIP Ocean Energy is a UK-wide collaborative programme of environmental research with the aim of reducing consenting risks for wave, tidal stream and tidal range projects.
The programme aims to ensure that the principal EIA and HRA consenting risks for early array deployments in the wave and tidal sectors are addressed by facilitating a strategic, coordinated and prioritised approach to monitoring and research which is endorsed by industry, regulators and SNCBs. Further information can be found in this Programme Brief.
The objectives are to:
help organisations whose role it is to fund and manage research to do so efficiently and effectively by bringing together knowledge and expertise on needs and practicalities from industry, regulators, etc.;
make this knowledge available in a way that can be readily understood and acted upon;
provide a funded Secretariat to coordinate creating and sharing the information and encourage action (one Secretariat to cover both the wave and tidal work streams); and
support project developers by coordinating research and monitoring to ultimately assist with commercialisation
A Secretariat, funded by the programme sponsors (The Crown Estate, Marine Scotland, Welsh Government, SNH, NRW and Crown Estate Scotland) manages the day-to-day running of the programme, connecting and coordinating the ORJIP Ocean Energy members. The Secretariat role is being carried out jointly by Aquatera, MarineSpace and EMEC. The initial 15-month pilot phase was completed in June 2016, and having been deemed a success the programme has been extended, and is now in its fourth year.
One of the key Secretariat tasks during the initial stages of the pilot phase is to develop the Forward Look which includes a prioritised list of strategic research projects to address key EIA/HRA issues and sets out the purpose, required timing and broad scope of the research projects necessary to meet ORJIP Ocean Energy's overall aim. Further information can be found in the Forward Look and on the Projects page.