Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality

COST Action TU 1401- The main objective of the Action is to develop a better understanding of how European landscape protection/management and renewable energy deployment can be reconciled to contribute socio-environmentally to the sustainable transformation of energy systems.

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.

Group photo Lisbon, March 2015

With the continued roll-out of renewable energy technologies to meet EU targets on low carbon
energy, and the widespread recognition of the value of European landscapes to people’s wellbeing
and the rural economy, the pressures on decision-makers (e.g. planners, public agencies),
communities, and developers to resolve landscape-energy conflicts is increasing.

The Action will work on the following program:

  • Systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Strategic case studies
  • Multidimensional scenario techniques

The outcomes, the synthesis of findings and dissemination will be presented on this homepage in the sections Activities and Oucomes during the project's lifetime.

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