Energy from the sun, wind and oceans can be harnessed without harm to Europe’s birds and other wildlife, but European and national governments must step up to the challenge, according to a report released on Tuesday 22 November, in Brussels. Leading conservation body BirdLife Europe has added its voice to call for a renewables revolution to combat climate change.
Nineteen grid operators and environmental NGOs signed the European Grid Declaration on Electricity Network Development and Nature Conservation in Europe on 10 November 2011 in Brussels, in an open signatory process.
One third of the world’s albatrosses nest on the South Atlantic UK Overseas Territories: the Falkland Islands; South Georgia; and Tristan da Cunha. ICCAT manages all tuna and swordfish fisheries in the Atlantic outside territorial waters. These measures will significantly reduce the number of birds being killed.
With the launch of its new report, Meeting Europe’s Renewable Energy Targets in Harmony with Nature, in Brussels on 22 November, BirdLife Europe wants to show how we can meet our 2020 renewable energy targets without impacting on wildlife.