Environmental protection

Coillte take pride in our leadership position amongst wind farm developers in Ireland. We work hard to ensure that we are best in class and that our developments reflect this. Environmental protection including biodiversity are at the core of our sustainable business processes from commercial forestry through to wind farm development. We ensure that our projects conform to or exceed all statutory requirements and best practice guidelines in relation to environmental protection.

Environmental Studies

Wind farm planning applications must include an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR). The aim of the report is to present a detailed study of how the proposed Castlebanny Wind Farm project may impact on the local area across a series of topics such as; biodiversity, landscape, water, population and human health. Each topic forms a standalone chapter in the EIAR.

An established protocol exists for developing an EIAR, beginning with collecting baseline data across the proposed development area. Once a final layout is confirmed, the potential impact of each turbine and the full wind farm is defined. This is reviewed across each topic of the EIAR and appropriate decisions are made surrounding amendments to design or mitigating strategies where required.

These impacts and strategies form the EIAR which is submitted to the relevant planning authority. The relevant planning authority often attaches planning conditions based on the information set out in the EIAR.

The proposed Castlebanny Wind Farm EIAR will cover a number of topics, including:

• Population and Human Health

• Biodiversity

• Land

• Soil

• Water

• Air

• Climate

• Material Assets

• Cultural Heritage

• Landscape

Environmental Studies

Coillte and Climate Change

As Ireland’s largest landowner with more than 440,000 hectares under their management, Coillte have a large part to play in the Ireland’s journey toward carbon neutrality.  To learn more about our management practices, see the articles linked below;

Coillte champions Biodiversity: https://www.coillte.ie/our-forests/public-goods/biodiversity/

Coillte champions native woodland: https://www.coillte.ie/coillte-announces-investment-in-native-woodland-restoration-in-sligo/

Coillte Biodiversity Seminar:        https://www.coillte.ie/coillte-host-biodiversity-breakfast-seminar/

Coillte forest and activities:         https://www.coillte.ie/our-forests/explore/activities/

Benefits from Coillte forests:      https://www.coillte.ie/our-forests/public-goods/

Coillte’s and climate change:       https://www.coillte.ie/our-forests/public-goods/climate-change/

Coillte supports national Tree week 2019: https://www.coillte.ie/coillte-encourage-ireland-to-get-behind-national-tree-week-2019/

Tree council of Ireland & Coillte:                https://treecouncil.ie/testt/

Estimated Project Development Time

Oct 2016

Bird Studies begin

Jun 2019

Environmental Impact Assessment baseline studies begin.

Sep 2019

Noise Monitoring begins

Nov 2019

Community and Engagement process begins

Mar 2020

Site investigations commence

May 2020

Layout developed for Environmental Assessment and Community Engagement

Jan 2021

Planning Application submitted to An Bord Pleanala on 28th January 2021.