Getting the green light for Poland’s offshore wind projects
Poland has ambitious plans to advance the building of offshore wind farms. However, developers must overcome unique environmental challenges before getting the nod of approval from authorities to proceed with their projects. Polish waters are home to the endangered and strictly protected Baltic harbour porpoise. Construction noise can harm them. Seabirds can be displaced from the wind farm area. Birds on migration through the Baltic can collide with the rotating turbines blades. These impacts are extremely difficult to predict, resulting in much uncertainty about the environmental footprint of offshore wind farm. This can lead to slow regulatory approval resulting in severe project delays.