Europe and Central Asia
15 Nov 2011

BirdLife Europe calls for a renewables revolution in harmony with nature

By BirdLife Europe

With the effects of climate change already being felt and carbon emissions actually increasing last year, the need for new sustainable energy has never been greater. But we need to be careful that this renewables revolution doesn’t damage the very ecosystems it seeks to protect.

With the launch of its new report, Meeting Europe’s Renewable Energy Targets in Harmony with Nature, in Brussels on 22 November, BirdLife Europe shows how we can meet our 2020 renewable energy targets without impacting on wildlife. Climate change poses an enormous threat to biodiversity all over the world and we need to develop renewable energy solutions quickly in order to cut carbon emissions and keep warming within safe limits.

However, we need to develop the right solutions in the right locations to avoid negatively impacting on biodiversity.  This exciting new report sets out why it’s so important to consider biodiversity in the challenge to reduce carbon emissions and how policy makers can help make the renewables revolution truly “green”. The launch will include a presentation of the report’s findings and recommendations, responses from DG Energy, DG Environment, the European Wind Energy Association and the European Renewable Energy Council, and a panel debate.

For more information on the event, click here. There are still places available to attend the launch, so if you’d like to find out more about how renewable energy can be delivered in harmony with nature please email

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