Draft plan for future offshore energy licensing under consultation

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The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is conducting a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of a draft plan/programme to enable future renewable leasing for offshore wind, wave and tidal devices and licensing/leasing for seaward oil and gas rounds, hydrocarbon and carbon dioxide gas storage, and offshore hydrogen.

This SEA process aims to help inform offshore energy licensing and leasing decisions by considering the environmental implications of a proposed plan/programme and the potential activities which could result from its implementation.

A key purpose of scoping is to identify issues of concern at an early stage so that they can be considered in the SEA.

The purpose of the scoping report is to set out sufficient information to enable the Consultation Bodies and other interested parties to form a view and give feedback on the scope and level of detail of the information to be included in the SEA Environmental Report.

All feedback from the scoping consultation will be reviewed and, where appropriate, addressed in the OESEA4 Environmental Report.

This consultation closes at

More information about this consultation and how to take part is available on the government website.