EU project promotes BACI for controlling environmental impacts

Scottish-led best practice guide explores mitigation and monitoring

A system for monitoring and minimising wind farms' environmental impacts has been recommended by a new EU-funded project called Good Practice (GP) Wind. The "before/after-control/impact" (BACI) approach is being deployed on North Sea projects.

Led by the Scottish Government, GP Wind assessed the systems and processes currently used for "mitigating and monitoring" the environmental impacts of on- and offshore wind projects. The resulting toolkit and good practice guide highlight BACI as the leading methodology for ensuring that wind farms' environmental impacts are fully mapped and controlled.

A BACI-based approach is being used at the Alpha Ventus offshore wind station. BACI has also been used to shape a multi-year research programme in the Netherlands

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