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Climate Change Policy 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.

Policy considerations

  1. Proposals must identify how they contribute to the indirect emission of greenhouse gases in the South Marine Plan Area. This should be supported by evidence to illustrate the impacts of existing and future activities.
  2. Proposals should avoid, minimise or mitigate the contribution of indirect greenhouse gases emissions in the South plan marine area. Proposals should include how this may be achieved, for example (but not limited to) the co-location of activities, consideration of shorter transportion routes through the development area.
  3. Proposals should identify any changes to vessel activity and provide an estimate of the annual increase in indirect gas emissions This could be achieved through keeping a record of any additional distance travelled and any extra fuel used on these journeys. 
  4. Applicants and public authorities can refer to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 'Guidance on carbon neutrality', for more information on how to define emmissions. 
  5. Public authorities should consider the best available advice when making a decision, such as International Maritime Organization, Chamber of Shipping and/or Marine and Coastguard Agency.