Marine Scotland offshore renewables decommissioning guidance: consultation

Closed 16 Mar 2020

Opened 22 Nov 2019

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The decommissioning responsibilities and powers for Offshore Renewables Energy Installations in Scottish Waters transferred from the Secretary of State to Scottish Ministers in April 2017. Until then the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), was responsible for requiring decommissioning programmes and securities for such projects.

Marine Scotland is seeking to establish robust policies and procedures to cover decommissioning securities for offshore wind and other marine renewables projects.

This consultation is intended to gather views from industry, regulators and other stakeholders on Scotland’s first industry guidance for the eventual decommissioning of offshore renewable energy infrastructure.

Why your views matter

We want views on the first draft of Marine Scotland's offshore renewable energy decommissioning guidance from industry, regulators, and other interested parties. We are particularly interested in the potential impacts - for example on the offshore renewables sector, the environment, or on other users of the sea.

Read the consultation paper.

Read the draft new guidance.

What happens next

Following the close of the consultation, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us to finalise the guidance.

We aim to issue a summary report on the consultation exercise, and a response outlining the way ahead, as soon after the consultation as possible. These will be made available on the Scottish Government website.

We intend making all non-confidential responses to the consultation available to the public on the Scottish Government consultation web pages.


  • Consultation event

    From 31 Jan 2020 at 00:00 to 31 Jan 2020 at 00:00

    This event will be held at 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU on Friday 31 January 2020. The exact timings are yet to be confirmed but if you wish to register interest in attending then please email


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