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These proposed draft policies are in development and are not a consideration when in drafting applications or making a decision. You can comment on these policies through our online questionnaire and workshops.

As set out in the Marine Policy Statement, secure, sustainable and affordable supply of energy is of central importance to the economic and social wellbeing of the UK.

The marine environment will make an increasing contribution to the provision of the UK’s energy supply and distribution. This contribution includes the oil and gas sectors which supply a major part of our current energy needs, and a growing contribution from renewable energy and from other forms of low carbon energy supply in response to the challenges of tackling climate change and energy security.

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


Within defined areas of potential carbon dioxide storage proposals should demonstrate in order of preference:
a) that they will not prevent carbon dioxide storage
b) how, if there are adverse impacts on carbon dioxide storage, they will minimise them
c) how, if the adverse impacts cannot be minimised, they will be mitigated
d) the case for proceeding with the proposal if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts


Carbon Capture and Storage proposals should demonstrate that consideration has been given to the re-use of existing oil and gas infrastructure rather than the installation of new infrastructure (either in depleted fields or in active fields via enhanced hydrocarbon recovery).


Proposals in areas where a licence for oil and gas has been granted or formally applied for should not be authorised unless it is demonstrated that the other development or activity is compatible with the oil and gas activity.