Sustainable development and the sea

Offshore Wind Monitoring

OFFSHORE WIND is fast becoming a mature energy industry. With age, comes an understanding of the impacts and mitigation methods at every stage of
development.

The environmental monitoring programme at two Danish offshore wind farms has shown little impact on the environment during either construction or operation.

A comprehensive monitoring programme was carried out over seven years from 1999 to evaluate the environmental impact of the Nysted and Horns Rev offshore farms, which are two of the biggest in the world.

The studies covered every aspect of nature, from animals and plants that live on and in the seabed to birds and marine mammals like seals and porpoise.

It also analysed the evolving attitudes of local people and found that more than 80 per cent of respondents were positive or very positive.wind-sock-icon

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