Deploying renewable energy while protecting biodiversity

Considering our growing energy needs, is the deployment of renewables compatible with our objectives of biodiversity protection?

Deploying renewable energy while protecting biodiversity​

Considering our growing energy needs, is the deployment of renewables compatible with our objectives of biodiversity protection?

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  • When

    Tuesday 30th January 2024 at 17h CET

  • Where

    Online

  • How

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About the topic

Renewable energy, particularly solar and wind, has become increasingly popular in recent years due to their low carbon footprint. However, it is important to consider the impact of their development on land use and biodiversity. Solar panels and windmills require a significant amount of space, and this can raise concerns regarding their compatibility with biodiversity protection objectives. Data on the average square meter occupied by these renewable energy sources, both onshore and offshore, can give us a clear picture of the scale of land use involved.

Currently, the deployment of solar and wind energy is rapidly increasing globally, and this trend is expected to continue in the coming years. While renewable energy production contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it can also have negative consequences for local habitats, migration patterns, and biodiversity. Therefore, it is crucial to carefully consider the potential environmental impacts when deploying renewables and find ways to minimize harm to ecosystems.

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