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A planning advice charity will host a series of initiatives to look at the impact of the offshore renewable energy sector on communities across Scotland.

Scotland has an estimated 25% of Europe’s total offshore wind and tidal resource and according to the renewable energy sector has the potential to become Scotland’s next industrial revolution, attracting billions of pounds of investment and create tens of thousands of highly skilled and sustainable jobs.

The project aims to encourage communities and young people to consider the impacts of offshore energy and how they can become involved in shaping potential onshore opportunities – and what this could mean for our towns and cities. It is being led by PAS, an impartial advice charity that helps people to engage with the planning system.

Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive of PAS:

“With twenty years of experience in helping to contextualise and demystify planning matters, PAS is here to help communities engage with the growing relevance of offshore renewables and to participate more effectively in decision-making. As a non-campaigning, independent and impartial organisation, PAS is uniquely placed to set the context.”

PAS will hold a series of community workshops around Scotland. These public workshops will be held in each pilot location to encourage members of the community to think about how they can play a part in shaping the decisions made about their local community and environment.

The second part of the project is to deliver interactive workshops for primary and secondary students in four schools. These school and community events will take place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Moray, in April and May.

This pilot takes place just months before the launch of the Scottish Government’s consultation on the forthcoming National Marine Plan. The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 created the need for a new national plan to manage our use of the marine environment. One of the aims of these community workshops is to raise awareness of the emerging plan and encourage as wide and diverse a range of people as possible to share their views on the future of our marine environment.

See below for details of how to register (free) for community workshops.

Press contact: David McAllister, Communications Manager, 0131 220 9734

Events contact: Laura MacDonald, 0131 220 9730