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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.

S-CC-1

Proposals must consider their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions arising from unintended consequences on other activities. Where such consequences are likely to result in increased greenhouse gas emissions, proposals should demonstrate in order of preference:


a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate unintended consequences on other activities.

S-CC-2

Proposals should demonstrate for the lifetime of the proposal that:

  1. they are resilient to the effects of climate change
  2. they will not have a significant adverse impact upon climate change adaptation measures elsewhere.

In respect of 2) proposals should demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate the significant adverse impacts upon these climate change adaptation measures.

S-CC-3

Proposals in and adjacent to the south marine plan areas that are likely to have a significant adverse impact on coastal change should not be supported.

S-CC-4

Proposals that may have a significant adverse impact on habitats that provide a flood defence or carbon sequestration ecosystem service must demonstrate that they will, in order or preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts.