The RiCORE project ran over the course of 18 months between 2015 and 2016, with RGU as the leading partner. RGU researchers involved in the project included David Gray, Andy Grinnall, Lyndsay Bloice, Hayley Lockerbie, Ian Broadbent, Caroline Nixon and Peter Strachan. The aim of the RiCORE project was to establish a risk-based approach to consenting for offshore renewable energy projects, where the level of survey requirement is based on the environmental sensitivity of the site, the risk profile of the technology and the scale of the proposed project. RiCORE studied the legal framework in place in the partner Member States to ensure the framework developed was applicable for roll out across these Member States and further afield. The RiCORE project then considered the practices, methodologies and implementation of pre-consent surveys, post consent and post-deployment monitoring in order to allow a feedback loop to inform the development of the risk-based framework for the environmental aspects of consent and provide best practice. The project achieved these aims by engaging with the relevant stakeholders including the regulators, industry and EIA practitioners, through a series of expert workshops and developing their outcomes into guidance. This project received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 646436.

Recent Submissions

  • RiCORE: risk-based consenting for offshore renewables. [Project website] 

    RiCORE Project (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/, 2016-01-01)
    RICORE PROJECT. [2016]. RiCORE: risk-based consenting for offshore renewables. Aberdeen: RiCORE Project [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/
    This is the official project website for the RiCORE project. The aim of the project was to establish a risk-based approach to consenting where the level of survey requirement is based on the environmental sensitivity of ...
  • Pre- and post-consenting environmental surveys. 

    Simas, Teresa; Bennet, Finlay (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SID_413_4BennetSimas_FINAL.pdf, 2016-06-15)
    SIMAS, T. and BENNET, F. 2016. Pre- and post-consenting environmental surveys. Presented at the 11th European Union Sustainable Energy Week conference (EUSEW 2016), 14-17 June 2016, Brussels, Belgium [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SID_413_4BennetSimas_FINAL.pdf
    This presentation outlines the findings of the fourth- and fifth work packages of the RiCORE project, focusing on environmental surveys before and after the consenting process, and applying an adaptive management approach.
  • Risk-based approaches for consenting according to technology profile recommendations. 

    Mascarenhas, Pierre; Bennet, Finlay; Bald, Juan (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SID_413_3MascarenhasBaldBennet_FINAL.pdf, 2016-06-15)
    MASCARENHAS, P., BENNET, F. and BALD, J. 2016. Risk-based approaches for consenting according to technology profile recommendations. Presented at the 11th European Union Sustainable Energy Week conference (EUSEW 2016), 14-17 June 2016, Brussels, Belgium [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SID_413_3MascarenhasBaldBennet_FINAL.pdf
    This presentation outlines the findings of the third work package of the RiCORE project, focusing on the comparison of novel technologies and the development of risk profiling.
  • Profiling Member State consenting processes and reconciling EU legal requirements. 

    O'Hagan, Anne Marie; Le Lievre, Celia; Culloch, Ross; Bennet, Finlay (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SID_413_2OHagan_FINAL.pdf, 2016-06-15)
    O'HAGAN, A.M., LE LIEVRE, C., CULLOCH, R. and BENNET, F. 2016. Profiling Member State consenting processes and reconciling EU legal requirements. Presented at the 11th European Union Sustainable Energy Week conference (EUSEW 2016), 14-17 June 2016, Brussels, Belgium [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SID_413_2OHagan_FINAL.pdf
    This presentation outlines the findings of the second work package of the RiCORE project, focusing on understanding and comparing existing EU Member State consenting processes for offshore renewable energy projects.
  • RiCORE introduction. 

    Gray, David (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SID_413_1Gray_FINAL.pdf, 2016-06-15)
    GRAY, D. 2016. RiCORE introduction. Presented at the 11th European Union Sustainable Energy Week conference (EUSEW 2016), 14-17 June 2016, Brussels, Belgium [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SID_413_1Gray_FINAL.pdf
    This presentation gives an introduction to the context and purpose of the RiCORE project, which aimed to promote the successful development of offshore renewable energy in the European Union, by streamlining the processes ...
  • RiCORE: risk-based consenting of offshore renewable energy projects. 

    Smith, Paul (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/All-Energy-2016-RiCORE-Presentation-Paul-Smith.pdf, 2016-05-04)
    SMITH, P. 2016. RiCORE: risk-based consenting of offshore renewable energy projects. Presented at the 16th All-Energy conference, 4-5 May 2016, Glasgow, UK [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/All-Energy-2016-RiCORE-Presentation-Paul-Smith.pdf
    This presentation gives an introduction to the context and purpose of the RiCORE project, which aimed to promote the successful development of offshore renewable energy in the European Union, by streamlining the processes ...
  • RiCORE: risk-based consenting of offshore renewable energy projects. 

    Broadbent, Ian (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Ian-Broadbent_RiCORE-1.pdf, 2016-05-05)
    BROADBENT, I. 2016. RiCORE: risk-based consenting of offshore renewable energy projects. Presented at the 16th All-Energy conference, 4-5 May 2016, Glasgow, UK [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Ian-Broadbent_RiCORE-1.pdf
    This presentation gives an introduction to the context and purpose of the RiCORE project. It also gives an overview of the key outcomes at a point when the project's lifespan was nearing an end.
  • The Survey, Deploy and Monitor (SDM) policy: an example of adaptive management? 

    Bennet, Finlay (Tethys. Annex IV http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Bennet-AnnexIV-2016.pdf, 2016-01-27)
    BENNET, F. 2016. The Survey, Deploy and Monitor (SDM) policy: an example of adaptive management? Presented at the Annex IV adaptive management webinar, 27 January 2016, Richland, WA, USA [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Bennet-AnnexIV-2016.pdf
    This presentation explores the "Survey, Deploy and Monitor" policy developed by Marine Scotland, within the context of adaptive management. This comes as part of the RiCORE project, which aimed to promote the use of offshore ...
  • RiCORE: risk-based consenting of offshore renewable energy projects. 

    Culloch, Ross (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/RiCORE-ProTide.pdf, 2016-06-30)
    CULLOCH, R. 2015. RiCORE: risk-based consenting of offshore renewable energy projects. Presented at the Workshop of the Pro-Tide Environmental Aspects Group, 30 June 2015, Isle of Wight, UK [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/RiCORE-ProTide.pdf
    This presentation gives an introduction to the context and purpose of the RiCORE project. Additionally, it provides some further detail on those particular aspects of the project involving the identification of commonalities ...
  • Consenting process for ocean energy in Spain. 

    Bald, Juan; Menchaca, Iratxe (RiCORE Project, 2015-05-21)
    BALD, J. and MENCHACA, I. 2015. Consenting process for ocean energy in Spain. Presented at the 2nd RiCORE Project expert workshop: dealing with the risk of licensing marine renewables: the role and experience of regulators, 21 May 2015, Paris, France.
    This presentation discusses the current consenting processes for offshore renewable energy projects in Spain. It was given as part of the second RiCORE project workshop, which explored the regulatory aspects associated ...
  • RiCORE: risk-based consenting of offshore renewable energy projects. 

    Bald, Juan (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/AZTI-Presentation-2015.pdf, 2015-06-18)
    BALD, J. 2015. RiCORE: risk-based consenting of offshore renewable energy projects. Presented at the Working meeting of the SC114 Group of the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR), 18 June 2015, Madrid, Spain [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/AZTI-Presentation-2015.pdf
    This presentation introduces the context and purpose of the RiCORE project.
  • RiCORE: risk-based consenting of offshore renewable energy projects. 

    Strachan, Peter; Broadbent, Ian; Nixon, Caroline; Gray, David (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/RiCORE_Peter-Strachan-All-Energy-locked.pdf, 2015-05-07)
    STRACHAN, P., BROADBENT, I., NIXON, C. and GRAY, D. 2015. RiCORE: risk-based consenting of offshore renewable energy projects. Presentation given at the 15th All-Energy conference, 6-7 May 2015, Glasgow, UK [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/RiCORE_Peter-Strachan-All-Energy-locked.pdf
    This presentation introduces the context and purpose of the RiCORE project.
  • Marine renewable energy licensing and regulatory systems: workshop report. 

    O'Hagan, Anne Marie; Nixon, Caroline; Mascarenhas, Pierre (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/RICORE-Workshop2ReportFinalencrypt.pdf, 2015-06-21)
    O'HAGAN, A.M., NIXON, C. and MASCARENHAS, P. 2015. Marine renewable energy licensing and regulatory systems: workshop report. Aberdeen: RiCORE Project [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/RICORE-Workshop2ReportFinalencrypt.pdf
    This report reviews the outcomes of the second workshop organised as part of the RiCORE project, which took place in Paris on 21st May 2015. This workshop explored the regulatory aspects associated with marine renewable ...
  • RiCORE project expert workshop 4 report. 

    Grinnall, Andy (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RiCORE-D5-3-Workshop-4-Report-Final.pdf, 2016-06-30)
    GRINNALL, A. 2016. RiCORE project expert workshop 4 report. Aberdeen: RiCORE Project [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RiCORE-D5-3-Workshop-4-Report-Final.pdf
    This report reviews the outcomes of the fourth workshop organised as part of the RiCORE project, which took place in Cork on 12th April 2016. This workshop confirmed the issues addressed by the project and established next ...
  • Guidance on effective adaptive management and post-consent monitoring strategies. 

    Bennet, Finlay; Culloch, Ross; Tait, Adrian (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RiCORE-D5-2D5-4-Adaptive-Management-and-Post-Consent-Monitoring-Strategies-Final.pdf, 2016-06-29)
    BENNET, F., CULLOCH, R. and TAIT, A. 2016. Guidance on effective adaptive management and post-consent monitoring strategies. Aberdeen: RiCORE Project [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RiCORE-D5-2D5-4-Adaptive-Management-and-Post-Consent-Monitoring-Strategies-Final.pdf
    This report considers policy approaches and scientific methods of relevance to post-consent monitoring. The aim is to help decision makers become better informed by cost-effectively reducing the scientific uncertainties ...
  • Pre-consent survey guidance. 

    Bald, Juan; Bennet, Finlay; Culloch, Ross; Simas, Teresa; Mascarenhas, Pierre (RICORE PROJECT http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RiCORE-D4-4-Pre-Consent-Survey-Guidance-Final.pdf, 2016-06-30)
    BALD, J., BENNET, F., CULLOCH, R., SIMAS, T. and MASCARENHAS, P. 2016. Pre-consent survey guidance. Aberdeen: RiCORE Project [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RiCORE-D4-4-Pre-Consent-Survey-Guidance-Final.pdf
    This report provides advice for whether or not (and to what extent in terms of data volume) pre-consent surveys are required during the creation of offshore renewable energy projects. This comes as part of the RiCORE ...
  • Report on potential emerging innovative monitoring approaches, identifying potential reductions in monitoring costs and evaluation of existing long-term datasets. 

    Culloch, Ross; Bennet, Finlay; Bald, Juan; Menchaca, Iratxe; Jessopp, Mark; Simas, Teresa (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/RiCORE-D4.3-Pre-Consent-Survey-Efficiencies-Final.pdf, 2015-12-14)
    CULLOCH, R., BENNET, F., BALD, J., MENCHACA, I., JESSOPP, M. and SIMAS, T. 2015. Report on potential emerging innovative monitoring approaches, identifying potential reductions in monitoring costs and evaluation of existing long-term datasets. Aberdeen: RiCORE Project [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/RiCORE-D4.3-Pre-Consent-Survey-Efficiencies-Final.pdf
    This report highlights the potential for using emerging and innovative technologies for pre-consent surveys of key receptor groups at proposed marine renewable energy sites. The report also identifies potential reductions ...
  • Report on the analysis of commonalities and differences in approaches to pre-consent surveys. 

    Simas, Teresa; Heinrichs, Julia; Bald, Juan; Menchaca, Iratxe; Culloch, Ross; Bennet, Finlay (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/RICORE-D4.2-Commonalities-and-Differences-Final.pdf, 2015-06-30)
    SIMAS, T., HEINRICHS, J., BALD, J., MENTXACA, I., CULLOCH, R. and BENNET, F. 2015. Report on the analysis of commonalities and differences in approaches to pre-consent surveys. Aberdeen: RiCORE Project [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/RICORE-D4.2-Commonalities-and-Differences-Final.pdf
    This report identifies commonalities and transferability of pre-consent surveying among renewable energy technology types. This comes as part of the RiCORE project, which aimed to promote the use of offshore renewable ...
  • Marine renewables and environmental risks: current practices in pre- and post-consent monitoring: workshop report. 

    Simas, Teresa; Heinrichs, Julia (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/RICORE-Workshop1Report-locked.pdf, 2015-05-29)
    SIMAS, T. and HEINRICHS, J. 2015. Marine renewables and environmental risks: current practices in pre- and post-consent monitoring: workshop report. Aberdeen: RiCORE Project [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/RICORE-Workshop1Report-locked.pdf
    This report reviews the outcomes of the first workshop organised as part of the RiCORE project, which took place in Bilbao on 21st April 2015. This workshop focused on analysing pre- and post-consent environmental requirements ...
  • Development of risk profiling. 

    Bald, Juan; Menchaca, Iratxe; Bennet, Finlay; Mascarenhas, Pierre (RiCORE Project http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/RiCORE-D3.3-Risk-Profiling-Final.pdf, 2016-02-09)
    BALD, J., MENCHACA, I., BENNET, F. and MASCARENHAS, P. 2016. Development of risk profiling. Aberdeen: RiCORE Project [online]. Available from: http://ricore-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/RiCORE-D3.3-Risk-Profiling-Final.pdf
    This report contributes further to the "Survey, Deploy and Monitor" policy guidance, acting as a guide for users wishing to apply a risk-based approach at a Member State level. To this end, it undertakes a review and further ...

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