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Marine Renewable Energies and the European Regional Seas Conventions

Marine Renewable Energies and the European Regional Seas Conventions Marine renewable energies ( mre s) have become a priority in the eu due to their potential contribution to mitigating climate change and providing competitive, affordable, and secure energy (among other benefits). However, the installation, maintenance, operation, and decommissioning of mre s, in addition to the energy transmission to the grid and the development of the related industry, could compromise the protection of the marine environment. The Regional Seas Conventions ( rsc s) are some of the relevant legal instruments for the protection of the marine environment at the European regional level. This article analyses the applicability of the rsc s to mre s and argues that these instruments offer only generic protection against the environmental effects associated with the deployment of these sources of energy. However, the interaction between the rsc s and relevant eu secondary law instruments applicable to mre s can strengthen the environmental protection against the environmental effects of mre s in the eu ’s maritime spaces. 1 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Climate Law Brill

Marine Renewable Energies and the European Regional Seas Conventions

Climate Law , Volume 6 (3-4): 314 – Oct 11, 2016

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Brill
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© 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1878-6553
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1878-6561
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10.1163/18786561-00603007
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Abstract

Marine renewable energies ( mre s) have become a priority in the eu due to their potential contribution to mitigating climate change and providing competitive, affordable, and secure energy (among other benefits). However, the installation, maintenance, operation, and decommissioning of mre s, in addition to the energy transmission to the grid and the development of the related industry, could compromise the protection of the marine environment. The Regional Seas Conventions ( rsc s) are some of the relevant legal instruments for the protection of the marine environment at the European regional level. This article analyses the applicability of the rsc s to mre s and argues that these instruments offer only generic protection against the environmental effects associated with the deployment of these sources of energy. However, the interaction between the rsc s and relevant eu secondary law instruments applicable to mre s can strengthen the environmental protection against the environmental effects of mre s in the eu ’s maritime spaces. 1

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Climate LawBrill

Published: Oct 11, 2016

Keywords: Marine Renewable Energies; Regional Seas Conventions; Marine Strategy Framework Directive; Maritime Spatial Planning Directive

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