Environmental Impact Assessment
As part of the planning and licensing process for London Array, we were required to carry out and report on a series of environmental studies, collectively known as an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The findings were summarised in the Environmental Statement which accompanied our planning application.
The EIA process, which is required under EU law, involved an in-depth assessment of London Array’s potential effects on the environment. We agreed the scope of the EIA studies by consulting with key stakeholders and interested bodies, such as local authorities, government regulators and wildlife protection agencies.
We had to consider the possible impacts of both our construction activities and the wind farm’s operational phase on a wide range of environmental factors, both onshore and offshore. Some of the key areas addressed in the EIA were:
- Birds, fish, mammals and benthic (the ecology of the seabed)
- Shipping and navigation
- Coastal processes
- Visual impact
- Boat traffic
Click here to view a full list of the studies that we carried out for the EIA.
Results of the EIA – our Environmental Statement
All the assessments showed that it’s possible for us to build and operate the wind farm without causing any major negative impacts on the environment. However, where we’ve identified potential impacts, we’ve put measures in place to mitigate these. The results of the EIA are compiled in our Environmental Statement, which:
- Describes the London Array project
- Describes the main alternatives considered
- Identifies those aspects of the environment that are likely to be affected by the wind farm
- Describes the likely significant effects of our proposed construction and operational activities on the environment
- Describes the measures that we proposed to reduce these effects.
Click here to download a non-technical summary of our Environmental Statement.