MEMBER NEWS: Xodus and Glic team up to drive social impact analysis for offshore wind

January 22, 2024
MEMBER NEWS: Xodus and Glic team up to drive social impact analysis for offshore wind

Global energy consultancy Xodus has partnered with Scottish sustainability consultancy Glic to maximise the social benefits of future offshore wind farms.

The two companies have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), ahead of Scottish Renewables’ annual Offshore Wind Conference in Glasgow.

It marks the beginning of a strategic partnership between Xodus and Glic, aimed at conducting comprehensive social impact analyses for communities affected by renewables developments.

Under the terms of the MOU, the pair will work together to ensure feedback from impacted community stakeholders is heard, taken on board and implemented when delivering offshore wind projects.

Jamie MacDonald, Global Offshore Renewables Director at Xodus, said: “It is brilliant to be able to get this partnership with Glic over the line, and just in time for this year’s Scottish Offshore Wind Conference, where industry will come together to discuss how our exciting sector can deliver for the benefit of the whole country. We are looking forward to strengthening our social impact capability, while also sharing our offshore wind expertise with our friends at Glic.

“For all the benefits that Scotland’s offshore wind industry has already brought and will bring, local communities have not maximised the potential benefits on offer, despite projects being located on their doorstep. This MOU will ensure that social responsibility remains at the front of the mind when delivering the next generation of Scottish offshore wind farms.

“It is important to stress that maximising the social value of renewables projects isn’t simply a box ticking exercise, it’s a win-win for everybody. For local communities, it can deliver a host of advantages, such as improved infrastructure, enhanced job opportunities and benefit funds. Similarly for developers, such initiatives build and solidify relationships in the region, setting them up for success from the outset of the project.”

As part of their commitment to offer the full spectrum of technical and advisory services, Xodus and Glic have devised a specific offering, ‘Social Value Strategic Planning’, to help guide community initiatives.

Underpinning the approach is both companies’ track record of community stakeholder management, project and environmental consenting support, socio-economic impact assessments, and project delivery.

Representatives from Xodus and Glic will attend Scottish Renewables’ upcoming Offshore Wind Conference 2024, where they will highlight the benefits of the MOU and how it can support future projects.

David Smart, Glic Director, said: “After years of delivering social value assignments across multiple sectors including renewable energy and aquaculture, we are thrilled to be teaming up with

Xodus and tailoring our offering for the offshore wind sector. In the coming decades hundreds of turbines will be placed in Scottish waters and we want to ensure that everyone benefits from this green energy boom.”

Formed in response to the growing significance of renewable energy projects, the collaboration between Xodus and Glic signifies a shared commitment to fostering sustainable practices and social responsibility for the offshore wind sector.

While the advent of offshore renewables projects contributes significantly to net zero goals and green energy production, the impact of such scheme on local communities requires careful consideration.

Historically, socio-economic impact assessments have often been unable to accurately record the concerns of local communities. Key challenges often arise late in the planning process, giving developers little opportunity to respond to them, placing a strain on services and eroding stakeholder trust.

But by getting boots on the ground and engaging with local communities early on, Xodus and Glic aim to pinpoint and iron out potential issues before they can arise, increasing the overall value of offshore wind projects.

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AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

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Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

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The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


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Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

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