Energy illustrationWith the second biggest tidal range in the world, the Severn Estuary could play a vital role to help the UK generate massive amounts of renewable energy and reduce the impact of climate change.

It is estimated that up to 14 GW of clean energy capacity could delivered by deploying a combination of technologies to harness the tidal range, tidal stream, offshore wind and wave energy resources found across the Bristol Channel area.

As well as low carbon energy, new technologies could help to create jobs and economic growth for many companies based in the south west of England and South Wales, as the UK secures its position as a world leader in this exciting global industry.

The challenge however is to find a strategy to enable energy projects to be built whilst balancing the need to protect the environment and other users of the Severn Estuary.