Europe and Central Asia
25 Nov 2014

NABU develops a project on renewable energy in Germany

Windmill, by Nicky Petkov
By Alessia Calderalo

Renewable energy

Renewable energy provides significant advantages in terms of energy security, climate change mitigation and economic benefits. Furthermore it can be harnessed without causing damage to birds and wildlife. Unfortunately, other forms of energy resources, such as power generators and electric grid systems, are increasing with subsequent effects on natural landscapes.

Research and Development Project

The Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), BirdLife Partner in Germany, is particularly concerned about the expansion of energy companies in Germany and has joined forces with different environmental NGOs to launch a series of requirements and statements regarding nature conservation issues and renewable energy. With this in mind, NABU developed a research and development project (2013-2015) entitled "Supporting knowledge management on energy transition: requirements from a nature conservation's point of view", funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Agency for Nature and Conservation.

Objectives of the Project

One of the purposes of this project is to create an online platform (in German and English) to provide information on conservation issues involving: bioenergy, solar parks, wind energy offshore, and the effects of onshore windmills on birds and bats.

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The project will also be a useful tool to bring together the biggest green NGOs and other stakeholders in the energy transition movement. With the aim of investigating how the German energy transition can be organised in an environmentally friendly way.  

Finally, NABU will carry out a series of activities to raise awareness of the importance of finding ways to provide renewable energy in place of power generators. Workshops and meetings with German environmental organisations, as well as one stakeholder conference next year are planned as part of this project.

NABU firmly believes that the expansion of renewables can be better envisioned by using environmentally-friendly sites. Hence the information gathered on this web platform can be used in the complex task of assessing the negative effects of power companies, resulting in limiting its impact on nature.

For more information, please contact Maria Moorfeld, Secretary for Conservation and Energy Transition at NABU.

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