RELY – Renewable energy and landscape quality

Leading researcher: Michael Roth (Nuertingen-Geislingen University)
Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography
Type of project: Network
Status: Ongoing
Keywords: Renewable energy | Landscape quality | Landscape management | Interdisciplinarity | Europe

Main institution: n.a.
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: Cost Actions – European Cooperation in Science and Technology
Reference: TU1401
Starting date: 16-10-14

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In response to climate change, limited fossil fuels, and rising energy demand and prices, renewable energy is heavily promoted throughout Europe. While objectives to boost renewable energy and trans-European energy networks are ambitious, it is increasingly understood that public acceptance becomes a constraining factor, and general support for green energy does not always translate into local support for specific projects. Perceived landscape change and loss of landscape quality have featured heavily in opposition campaigns in many European countries, even though renewable energy can facilitate sustainable development, especially in disadvantaged regions rich in wind, water, biomass, geothermal or solar energy.This Action investigates the inter-relationships between renewable energy production and landscape quality, and the role of public participation for the acceptance of renewable energy systems. The Action will develop a better understanding of how landscape protection and management, and renewable energy deployment can be reconciled to contribute socio-environmentally to the sustainable transformation of energy systems. This Action will consolidate and extend knowledge from a pan-European perspective using a modular methodological framework. This Action will enhance the science base for decision-making, and develop guidelines for public participation in planning renewable energy systems. The potential of sustainable landscape development, with innovative land uses producing synergies for landscape quality and renewable energy, will be revealed.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub97*Luís SilvaPrincipal Investigatorproj160*RELY - Renewable energy and landscape qualityNetworkOngoing
Other researchers

Michael RothPrincipal investigatorNuertingen-Geislingen Universityproj160*RELY - Renewable energy and landscape quality
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