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The OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World has been published.

Ocean Energy Systems (OES)-Environmental, is a collaboration under Ocean Energy Systems, supported by the International Energy Agency, and dedicated to examining the environmental effects of marine renewable energy development.

The report content reflects the most current and pertinent published information about interactions of marine renewable energy (MRE) devices and associated infrastructure with the animals and habitats that make up the marine environment. It has been developed and reviewed by over 60 international experts and scientists from around the world as part of an ongoing effort supported by the OES collaboration that operates within the International Technology Cooperation Framework of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The 2020 State of the Science Report on the environmental effects of MRE development begins with a set of environmental questions that define investigations (Chapter 2) and continues with specific information about stressor/receptor interactions of importance (Chapters 3–9), delves into technologies for monitoring interactions with marine animals (Chapter 10), addresses a series of management and planning measures that may assist with responsible MRE development (Chapters 11–13), and concludes with a potential path forward (Chapter 14). The Executive Summary provides a broad overview of the material in the full report and the Short Science Summaries provide highlights from each chapter.

Download the report here.