Energy and Climate Change

Climate change and energy transition

Climate change is the greatest long-term threat to our environment and our society. To tackle it we must curb our hunger for energy, use energy much more efficiently and renewable energy must replace dirty fossil fuels and risky nuclear power.

BirdLife Europe supports a transition to sustainable, renewable energy in Europe and we recognise that this will require widespread energy production installations and thousands of kilometres of new power lines. If well-planned, with robust environmental assessment and mitigation measures, Europe can develop this new capacity at the necessary scale and pace without harming the natural environment.

However, if badly managed and located, renewable energy facilities, energy infrastructures and biomass fuel supplies pose unacceptable risks to birds and wildlife. European and national policy makers must ensure that the renewable energy revolution proceeds in harmony with nature.

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