Benjamin is a senior marine consultant and chartered marine scientist at Royal HaskoningDHV and based in Edinburgh. Ben provides strategic and technical advice on a wide range of marine environmental topics including benthic ecology, fisheries, underwater noise, marine mammals, shipping and environmental compliance. Over the past 8 years Ben has worked in various offshore industries including offshore wind, tidal, transmission, oil and gas, commercial fishing, aggregate dredging and harbours. Through this experience he has gained valuable insight into the considerations required for a wide variety of project types.
Ben specialises in environmental assessment, compliance and management and is currently involved in EIAs for major renewables (wind and tidal) and harbour related projects. Ben is also working with clients in support of discharging consent conditions and setting up environmental monitoring and reporting protocols for use during construction and operational phases of their projects.
De-risking offshore renewables projects by lifetime consideration of environmental constraints.
Environmental considerations can place considerable design constraints and result in onerous financial burdens on offshore projects if not properly planned and managed. Continued consideration of environmental constraints can have significant project de-risking and cost saving benefits. This seminar will discuss examples (primarily from the renewables industry) of where a proactive approach to considering soft-constraints has positively impacted development programme, consenting, financial burden and ultimately the environment.