Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) for offshore wind

Reducing the consenting risk for offshore wind farm developments to better inform consenting authorities on the environmental risk of offshore wind.

Offshore wind-farm in sunset and clouds

The Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) for Offshore Wind is a collaborative initiative that aims to:

  • fund research to improve our understanding of the effects of offshore wind on the marine environment
  • reduce the risk of not getting or delaying consent for offshore wind developments
  • reduce the risk of getting consent with conditions that reduce viability of the project

The programme pools resources from the private sector and public sector bodies to fund projects that support consenting authorities in evaluating the environmental risk of offshore wind. Projects are prioritised and informed by the ORJIP Advisory Network that includes key stakeholders such as statutory nature conservation bodies, academics, non-governmental organisations and others.

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the programme ran from 2012 to 2018 and was managed by the Carbon Trust and funded by The Crown Estate, Marine Scotland and Crown Estate Scotland, with additional developer funding for individual projects. Major studies included an investigation into the efficacy of acoustic deterrent devices on different marine mammals and a pioneering, two-year study to record and quantify the avoidance behaviour of seabirds around offshore wind farms. 

ORJIP Offshore Wind Stage 1 

Stage 2

Stage 2 of the programme, launched in July 2019 and is expected to run to 2023, with an option to extend the programme up to 2025. During this time, consenting for existing and future offshore wind capacity will be key to enabling the offshore wind industry to ensure the sustainable roll out of offshore wind to help meet the UK’s net zero commitments . 

ORJIP Offshore Wind Stage 2 partners

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