Administrative Burdens

The administrative burdens very often represent a significantly inhibiting factor for the development of projects that employ low carbon and renewable energy technologies. One such problem is the number of permits and approvals that must be obtained before the initiation of a project. Depending on the location and on the technologies used, the project developers can be required to apply for noise, visual, spatial, ecological, heritage and drilling approvals, which can cause major delays.

In some cases the processing of permits and approvals involves numerous different state agencies. The administrative burden for the project developers can become even more intense when faced with a lack of coordination among the different responsible governmental bodies, and when there is confusion about each body’s responsibilities. This can lead to inconsistencies between the planning and approval responsible bodies of different local government authorities.

In other cases the public administration can be very centralized and for larger projects the negotiations with the public authorities have to be conducted in the region’s or the country’s capital city. Ultimately, this can result in significant delays to the implementation of a project.

The administrative burdens associated with the development of low carbon and renewable technologies can also be caused by the lack of expertise or technical knowledge of the responsible bodies at the local authority level. This can lead to confusion about which regulations are applicable and which support schemes are appropriate.