The US government has unveiled a sweeping “action plan” aimed at speeding up the notoriously sluggish permitting process for major infrastructure projects in the country, with an eye on clearing the way for “timely and sound delivery” of the queue of large-scale offshore wind arrays planned for construction off the eastern seaboard.

The initiative, announced by the White House, is designed to make sure that federal environmental reviews and permitting processes are “effective, efficient, and transparent, [and] guided by the best available science”.