Environmental interactions of tidal lagoons : a comparison of industry perspectives

Elliott, Kathryn and Smith, Helen C.M. and Moore, Francesca and van der Weijde, Adriaan H. and Lazakis, Iraklis (2018) Environmental interactions of tidal lagoons : a comparison of industry perspectives. Renewable Energy, 119. pp. 309-319. ISSN 0960-1481

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    Abstract

    Tidal lagoons are an attractive renewable energy option that could aid the UK in meeting its ambitious renewable energy targets. One of the main barriers to tidal range development in the UK to date has been regulatory environmental concern. In order for the nascent lagoon industry to move forward into development, the views of the developers and other influential stakeholders such as government bodies, regulators, conservationists and practitioners (herein referred to as 'influencing stakeholders' or 'influencers') need to be aligned. This study is the first of its kind using online questionnaires and semi-structured interviews to present and compare the views of both developers and influencing stakeholders on the environmental interactions of tidal lagoons. We find that, whilst both influencers and developers are working towards the common goal of a good environmental outcome for tidal lagoons, there are mismatches in their views in terms of the priorities given to the key environmental impacts, benefits and potential solution options. The work provides insight into what is at the forefront of developers' and influencers' minds, highlighting the key themes within their views and transforming this information into policy recommendations that will help the industry's development move forward.