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Climate Change

Marine plans can make a contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation in line with UK national policies and moves towards a low carbon economy through proportionate implementation of specific-marine plan policies. The UK government has committed to the European Union (EU) Renewable Energy Directive, which obligates the UK to generate 15% of all its energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020. This target will contribute to the reduction of the UKs carbon budget in line with the Climate Change Act 2008.

Please use our interactive map to view and combine marine plan policy data.

References in marine plans to European legislation, insofar as it is currently or will become part of UK law after the UK leaves the EU, may require some changes in relation to our obligations under EC Directives that will not immediately be updated in the plans. Any such changes will be addressed when the marine plan is amended after the next plan reporting point.


Proposals should demonstrate that they have taken account of how they may:

  • be impacted upon by, and respond to, climate change over their lifetime
  • impact upon any climate change adaptation measures elsewhere during their lifetime

Where detrimental impacts on climate change adaptation measures are identified, evidence should be provided as to how the proposal will reduce such impacts.


Proposals for development should minimise emissions of greenhouse gases as far as is appropriate. Mitigation measures will also be encouraged where emissions remain following minimising steps. Consideration should also be given to emissions from other activities or users affected by the proposal.