Sustainability Report 2015


Case studies

Contributing to low-carbon energy targets in the United Kingdom

East Anglia, UK

ERM supported the development consent order (DCO) application for the East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm, a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited and Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd that was awarded rights to develop up to 7,200 megawatts of wind capacity off the coast of East Anglia, United Kingdom. This development of low-carbon power - the largest UK offshore wind farm to gain consent to date - will help the United Kingdom on its path toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 against the country's 1990 baseline.

ERM conducted the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from 2012 through 2014, studying the potential impacts of the offshore portion of the development. In addition, ERM appraised the environmental constraints across the entire licensing zone of the project.

ERM supported the written examination stage of the DCO process and its hearings. The often burdensome DCO process was successful in large part due to the thorough and rigorous approach that East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm established at the start of the assessment. The DCO application was accepted by the UK Planning Inspectorate with minimal concerns raised by stakeholders.