With industry leaders set to gather at All-Energy 2016, one the most hotly debated topics for the on-shore wind market continues to centre around the re-powering agenda and how developers and operators can maximise return on investment from existing sites. Leading Onshore Wind consultant Mikael Forup considers the pros and cons.

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The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) is the professional body for ecologists, setting professional standards and guidelines by which ecologists work, from field survey requirements, through CPD and guidelines on assessment of projects. Although the publication of the second edition of the ‘Guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment in the UK and Ireland’ may not have kept people up at night with excitement, it does affect how ecologists should be carrying out Ecological Impact Assessments. Jenny Bell outlines the key changes and implications for development.

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With the North England Build 2016 event rapidly approaching perhaps now is a good time to reflect on how a good environmental consultant can iron out potential environmental constraints during the planning and construction phases of projects. This is applicable for all disciplines within the environmental consultancy field but the focus of this article is on ecology which often sits near the top of potential environmental constraints prior to and during construction of infrastructure projects, small or large.

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Recent UK government announcements in relation to subsidies for renewables have focused offshore wind in the mind of developers, with the number and size of offshore wind developments set to increase.   There is a growing debate on how best to mitigate the potential impacts these developments may have on marine species, particularly the potential to cause the stranding of Cetaceans (Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises). Atmos Consultant and Marine Biologist Kirsty MacDonald considers the implications for developers.

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All bats and their roosts (irrespective of whether bats are present at the time) are afforded full statutory protection as European Protected Species (EPS) listed on Schedule 2 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994.  To support ecologists in their assessment of these species, the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) have published the 3rd Edition of the ‘Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists - Good Practice Guidelines’.   Our senior Ecologist Elizabeth Slingsby outlines some of the key changes and the implications for development.

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