The Environmental Regulation of Marine Renewable Energies in the EU

Marine Renewable Energies (MREs) have become a priority in the EU due to their potential contribution to mitigating climate change and providing competitive, affordable and secure energy.

These technologies gathered momentum in the EU with the Communication on offshore wind energy in 2008 and the Blue Energy Communication on ocean renewables in 2014. However, the deployment of MREs and the growth of the related industry can pose environmental risks to the marine ecosystems.

The conservation and preservation of the environment are also EU’s objectives so that the development of MRE technologies should be sustainable and integrate environmental requirements.

The aim of this PhD project is to provide a comprehensive legal study regarding the environmental regulation of MREs in the EU.