Special Issue "Caveats in Sustainability of Offshore Energies: Balance between the Environmental Benefits of Using of the Oceans and the Need for Protection of the Environment"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Montserrat Abad Castelos
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Guest Editor
Department of International LAw. Universidad Carlos III. Madrid, Spain
Interests: environmental law; energy law; offshore renewable energy; environmental impact
Dr. Xurxo Costoya
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Guest Editor
CESAM, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: ocean sciences; offshore renewable energy; environmental impact
Dr. Santiago Salvador
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Co-Guest Editor
Research Centre of Public Law (CIDP), University of Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: environmental law; energy law; offshore renewable energy; environmental impact

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Renewable energies, and particularly offshore energies, constitute an opportunity to meet international and national commitments and targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement, and they therefore constitute an element of the approach necessary to address global warming in general. However, such sources of energy are not without drawbacks, given that their installation, operation and decommissioning may potentially cause damage to and threaten the marine environment. It is therefore important to achieve a balance between the environmental benefits of using of the oceans and the need for protection of the environment.

The studies of this Special Issue are expected to address:

  • The identification of areas of conflict including case analysis. Compatibilities and incompatibilities with other activities undertaken in the marine environment. Development of joint activities sharing the marine space. Management, prevention and regulation of conflicts with other sea users. Maritime Spatial Planning.
  • Analysis, measurement and management of risks and impacts. Consequences and solutions.
  • The design of less damaging facilities to the marine environment and the development of methods of construction, maintenance and removal more environmentally-friendly.
  • Definitions of new methods for the evaluation and monitoring of the impact. Managing uncertainty, improving exchange and collection of data.
  • The mapping of areas at a global and regional scale where installation should be avoided
  • The assessment of potential future legal and factual problems in the field of environmental assessment associated with offshore energies at global and regional scale.
  • Assessment of offshore wind energy resources. Analysis of offshore wind energy potential by means of in-situ data, reanalysis databases or numerical weather prediction models.
  • Impact of climate change on offshore wind power generation. Analysis of future estimations or variations in wind speed throughout future projections.
Prof. Luis Gimeno
Dr. Montserrat Abad Castelos
Dr. Xurxo Costoya
Dr. Santiago Salvador
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Offshore renewable energies
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Regulation and Impact
  • Legal problems

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Reforming Health, Safety, and Environmental Regulation for Offshore Operations in China: Risk and Resilience Approaches?
Sustainability 2019, 11(9), 2608; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092608 - 07 May 2019
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Offshore drilling accidents have triggered regulatory reforms in China. The reforms aim to explore proper regulatory approaches to supervise offshore operations and improve their health, safety and environmental (HSE) performance. This study offers a review on the roles of risk and resilience in [...] Read more.
Offshore drilling accidents have triggered regulatory reforms in China. The reforms aim to explore proper regulatory approaches to supervise offshore operations and improve their health, safety and environmental (HSE) performance. This study offers a review on the roles of risk and resilience in managing offshore operations and a well-defined analysis on their integrations with Chinese laws and regulations. The study finds risk and resilience approaches can promote the effectiveness of HSE regulation for offshore operations, while both are difficult to be transposed into legally binding rules in China. To fully develop and implement risk regulation for offshore operations, the study suggests to decentralize China’s command-and-control regulatory regime and encourage self-regulation in offshore petroleum companies. Transposing resilience thinking into legal practice is also highlighted so that various regulatory powers can keep proactive and flexible to any possible changes and uncertainties. Full article
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